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Muse called from K's

And new forward assigned to team

Goaltender John Muse, who stopped 18 of 21 shots in his debut with the Komets, has been called up to Charlotte of the American Hockey League.

This is the third straight season in which Muse, who manned the net in the 4-3 shootout loss to Toledo on Saturday night, has been called to Charlotte for action. He is 17-10-3 with the Checkers.

This means Cody Reichard will start in net this Saturday against the Cincinnati Cyclones for the Komets, who will get Max Strang from Bloomington to be the backup.

Fort Wayne, however, has been assigned right wing Shawn Szydlowski by the AHL's Rochester Americans. He has 60 games of experience with Rochester -- totaling eight assists. He spent most of last season with Fort Worth of the CHL, where he had 12 goals and 32 points in 52 games.

He is 6 feet tall, 208 pounds.

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