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When the ECHL looks bad

It looks just like this game tonight

I have been mostly impressed with the caliber of play in the ECHL. But there is one big complaint I have -- the inability to see sustained offensive plays -- and that's on display tonight.

The Komets and Toledo Walleye are scoreless after one period at Memorial Coliseum, and it has been a snoozer.

Toledo has outshot the Komets 14-10. But neither team has been able to control the puck for any length of time. There was one sequence where the teams just kept shooting it back and forth to each other in the neutral zone for what seemed like an eternity.

The ECHL has a lot of speed, and the players have a lot of potential, but sometimes the puck is just a hot potato no one seems to want.

The Komets had a penalty shot in the period, but Brett Smith completely missed the net.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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