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Not much scoring, plenty of drama

The Komets look much better than they did Friday, in a 2-1 loss to the Toledo Walleye, but the results are largely the same so far. They trail the Evansville IceMen 2-0 after two periods at Memorial Coliseum.

The drama has involved watching Brett Smith who, after a scrap with Matt Gens in the first period, has been jawing with Gens and his brother, Aaron, throughout the last 20 minutes.

I questioned coach Al Sims' decision to not start Kenny Reiter tonight, but Charlie Effinger has been solid with 13 saves -- almost all great ones -- on 15 shots.

Fort Wayne has been outscoring 10-3 in the last eight periods, and it could be en route to its third straight loss.

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