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Ice Chips

  • Ex-Komet becomes a coach
    Former Komets player Kevin Kaminski has been hired to coach the Portland Junior Pirates.
  • Mesiner signs with CHL team
    Goaltender Ben Meisner, who played last season for the Komets, has signed to play with Allen of the CHL this season.
  • Federals to play at Coliseum
    The Fort Wayne Federals, a junior team in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League, will play two games at Memorial Coliseum this season. They will take on the Illiana Blackbirds on Jan.

Have K's turned corner?

The Komets have won two or more games consecutively only twice this season, but they believe they turned a corner with their 5-3 victory over Toledo on New Year's Eve.

The trade of goalie Cody Reichard to Utah for future considerations on Wednesday was their seventh trade in eight weeks.

"Guys that want to be here are here now," Chris Auger said. "There are obviously going to be a couple more pieces that come in along the way, but all these guys that are here want to be here. And they are the right guys and they are buying in.

"I think that was the biggest thing at the start of the year – there were (some wrong) guys and some negativity. Now we have a strong leadership core. (New captain Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock) has really taken over the room and done a great job. And the guys have really fallen in line. And (Simon Danis-Pepin) really runs that blue line and keeps everyone motivated."

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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