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Wednesday, October 02, 2019 2:00 pm

Komets' scrimmage 'full of life'

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Komets’ third day of practice included a scrimmage and the addition of the six players who had been sent down from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Tuesday -- Shawn St-Amant, Olivier Galipeau, Matthew Boudens, Mason Berge, Max Gottlieb and goalie Cole Kehler.

“It was great,” coach Ben Boudreau said. “There was an instant injection full of life.”

Among the players who really stood out were Galipeau, who scored twice, and St-Amant, who scored once.

Some players who are longer shots to make the team, such as Connor Sanvido and Shane Bennett, also may have given the coaches a moment of pause by potting goals.

But the biggest thing was the infusion of energy brought by the players who came from Ontario.

“It’s raised everybody’s level of play just by injecting those young guys into our lineup,” Boudreau said. “One of the best things I saw was (A.J.) Jenks and (Shawn) Szydlowski, they knew that those young guys were coming and they still wanted to be the top-dog veterans, so they stepped up their play. So just adding those guys really affected our team in a positive way.”

The Komets play exhibition games against the Wheeling Nailers at Memorial Coliseum at 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. There could be cuts before then, however.

The Chicago Wolves still have Brett McKenzie and Brycen Martin in camp and, I’m starting to think, they might stick there. Those were two big offseason acquisitions for Fort Wayne.

Part of the way you sell players like that on signing with Fort Wayne is that they’ll have a chance to make the AHL team, so it comes with the territory. But it’s still potentially frustrating, if you ask me, since only one player has come from the affiliation with Vegas/Chicago -- goalie Dylan Ferguson --and it’s unclear whether anyone else is on the way.

jcohn@jg.net