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Let's see if it works

By now, you know, Komets coach Gary Graham called out some of his players by name after a 5-4 overtime loss to Wheeling on Friday, in which Fort Wayne coughed up a three-goal lead.

I'm sure it was calculated.

"The only way I can do anything is (take away) ice time or move on from them. I'm at that point as a coach," said Graham, whose team plays today at Evansville. "They've had 13 games. That's enough time. There's been enough body of work. This team can play with any team on any given night. We've all seen that. But they can't get the job done (always). Too many offensive-minded guys and defensive guys who can't defend."

Captain Nick Tuzzolino didn't make the trip today. He's a healthy scratch, according to Tommy Schoegler on the TV broadcast.

Contrary to what some of you have been saying, this isn't the first time a coach has called out players by name. Not by a long shot. And when this happens, the coach knows what he's doing.

The question is: Will it motivate or backfire?

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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