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Komets lose controversially

Referee Brett Sheva's overtime penalty led to a 2-1 victory by the Evansville IceMen over the Komets. Check out the controversy.

Video of call (updated)

Mancuso lost eligibility to play for K's

Watch the video above if you want to see what all the hullabaloo was about with referee Brett Sheva's bad call in overtime at Memorial Coliseum, which led to Evansville's 2-1 victory over the Komets.

(If the video isn't popping up for you, click here, as we're having some technical difficulties today. And to see today's game story, click here.)

It's a dive. Plain and simple.

Especially after he had swallowed his whistle since 13:34 of the third period.

Click here to see a review of the game and what Fort Wayne coach Gary Graham had to say.

"It was a terrible way to end a great game," Fort Wayne's Chris Auger said. "I thought both teams played very well. It was a very physical and very personal game.

"Any time the ref gets involved like that, after he put his whistle away for so long, it's really unfortunate. I feel terrible for Coyle. They called it on a non-scoring opportunity. … But there are a lot of positives and I'm really happy with the way things are going."

  • The Komets are still working on trading Mike Vaskivuo, who left the team Dec. 26 in hopes of going to a new club. "We've got a couple irons in the fire with him and I think something will happen early (this) week," Komets general manager David Franke said.
  • Todd Mancuso, a goalie for IPFW's club team, has been ruled ineligible by the American Collegiate Hockey Association because he suited up for the Komets as an emergency backup Dec. 21 against Reading. Mancuso wasn't paid by the Komets, who had used IPFW goalies, such as Larkin Saalfrank, before. Apparently, the rule had been changed and no one notified IPFW. As a club team, they don't have the funds to send someone to the meetings when rules changes are formalized. While I understand why the rule is in place, it cost this kid three years of his career -- to be an emergency backup. IPFW is appealing.
  • Former Komets star Brett Smith attended the Komets game tonight. He plays for Brampton of the CHL but has been out six weeks with aggravation of a neck injury, which he first suffered with Fort Wayne in the 2012 playoffs.
  • Komets goalie Ben Meisner missed a second game on bereavement leave. Saalfrank was the backup to Andrey Makarov.

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