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Welcome to Turkey Night

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Ice Chips to bring you Ice Chips from Justin Cohn's stunt double, Ben Smith. Here are a few pregame tidbits to get you ready for the Komets annual Thanksgiving night feast ...

* The opponent tonight, the Florida Everblades, is extremely comfortable away from home. The Everblades are 12-4-1-1, one point behind frontrunning South Carolina in the Eastern Conference, and they're 9-2-1 on the road. The Komets, by contrast are an even-across-the-board 2-2-1-2 at home.

*Defenseman Jordon Southorn, acquired from Elmira this week for Nick Tuzzolino, is in the starting lineup this evening. The only scratch is defenseman Nik Pokulok.

* Bret Lyon, who left the Komets earlier this week in a dispute over his role with the team, signed with the Utica Comets of the AHL.

* On-ice officials for tonight's game are referee Frederic Leblanc and linesmen Francois Dussurealt and Patrick Richardson.

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Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at