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Parallels between K's and Ads

Well documented here have been the struggles of the Komets this season. They are 9-8-1 but have lost six of their last eight games, getting outscored 31-16.

Did you know that their parent club, the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals, have experienced similar problems?

The Admirals are 9-11-0 but lost 9 of 10 games between Nov. 7 and 28. Part of that is because the Admirals were running into NHL goaltenders almost every night because of the lockout, but, of course, that's not the whole story.

There are other parallels. The Komets won a championship last season before moving leagues. The Admirals won a championship last season, too, but that was when they were an affiliate of Tampa Bay.

"It's all part of learning to be a professional hockey player," said Bob Ferguson, Norfolk's assistant general manager, "whether it's a team thing our an individual thing. These guys are used to being go-to guys (at lower levels) and two or three games without a point is a slump to them. But when you get to the professional level, there are are good players on every team. You have to be able to turn a three- or four-game losing streak around. It's all part of the learning experience."

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