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Ice Chips

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    The Komets have aligned with the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and their American Hockey League team, the Lake Erie Monsters.
  • This is sad news
    Former Komets star Joe Kastelic, who once owned the record for most goals scored in the IHL, died Wednesday at 81. He skated for the Komets from 1953 to 1957 and then again in 1960-61.
  • Major signings for Komets
    The Komets bolstered their roster with a potential No. 1 goaltender, a former first-round NHL draft pick, a familiar face and player who should be popular with the fans.

Komets surging in East

Don't look now, but the Komets (12-9-1) now have the sixth-best winning percentage in the ECHL's Eastern Conference.

What a difference a couple weeks makes.

Not that they're yet playing to their potential, but considering all the injuries and the schedule they are having to endure, that's pretty good.

"It's a tough stretch of games coming up. We have a pretty busy schedule before Christmas. Everyone is working hard," said Josh Brittain, who had a hat trick in Wednesday's 7-3 victory over Kalamazoo.

"We're doing the right things off the ice. Everyone is practicing hard. Our team right now is really pulling our game together and making sure we're doing the right things on and off the ice."

Thanks to LaMond Pope for filling in for me Wednesday. Click here to read his game story.

Brent Henley has a penalty in 11 straight games. That's the longest such streak in the league this season. Daniel Maggio has one in eight straight, tied for the third-longest run.

This weekend will be a bit of a homecoming for goalie Kenny Reiter, who hails from Pittsburgh. The Komets play at Wheeling, W.Va., on Saturday, about an hour from his home.

I doubt we will see any players, including Colin Chaulk or Eric Giosa, return to the lineup this weekend. Why push it?

By the way, I didn't think our video would end up being analyzed as if it were from the grassy knoll: Click here.

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