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Note on Wednesday
Scott Fleming will return to the Komets in time for Wednesday's game at Cincinnati. Jason Dale, who has missed the last three games with a groin injury, will remain out.

A reminder for K's fans

As a reminder, Friday's Komets game is the annual Comcast Report Card Night.

Students who receive at least one "A" or equivalent grade on their report card get a free ticket to the game against Cincinnati.

Students need to present a copy of the report card or a letter from their teacher or school administrator at the Memorial Coliseum box office. Tickets can be claimed anytime in advance of the game and you are encouraged to do so early, since the game often sells out.

For each student, Comcast will make a donation to The Literacy Alliance, which helps people improve reading skills. Over the past 22 years, Comcast has donated more than $280,000 to The Literacy Alliance.

"The Komets are pleased and humbled to be just a small part of the support that Comcast and their Xfinity brand offers to the Fort Wayne community through Report Card Night and other community programs," Komets vice president Scott Sproat said.

"Of all the initiatives we are involved in, we truly take the most pride in the continued success and impact of Comcast Komet Report Card Night. It's not just about the financial impact to The Literacy Alliance but also the impact that rewarding area students for their academic performance produces. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student be recognized for working hard to be the best that they can be."

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