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Jeremy Gates fights Anthony Luciani

The Komets' Jeremy Gates takes on Cincinnati's Anthony Luciani on Feb. 1, 2014. The Komets trailed 2-0 at the time and went on to win 6-2.

The pivotal Gates fight

On Saturday, the Komets trailed the Cincinnati Cyclones by two goals before Jeremy Gates fought Anthony Luciani.

The Komets went on to win 6-2.

Watch above to see the fight.

It's interesting that some were knocking Fort Wayne's Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock for a fight Friday that might have given the Elmira Jackals some life. I hope those people are knocking Luciani, too.

I know when the Komets are down big, have no life, I tend to say, "Someone needs to drop the gloves here."

But you have to have a willing combatant.

As a matter of etiquette, I think someone should give you the fight you want, even if their team is winning.

So I didn't have a problem with Schrock doing it Friday or Luciano doing it Saturday. Their teammates just have to back it up with their play the rest of the game.

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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