Justin A. Cohn


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  • 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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November 06, 2007

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lovelost

All good news and I do agree on the vets stepping it up. the younger guys are playing better. but that top line is going to get good and its going to hard to beat them. I still think Shaf needs to step it up to be here. Chaulk needs to shoot every once in awhile onstead of passing it all the time. He does make some amazing passes but sometimes he needs to just go to the net himself onstead of throwing the puck aways so much. Who you think will be sitting this weekend then? And has anybody heard why Granbois got released? they said he was hurt but my friend talked to him and said he was perfectly fine. We didn't we try trading him for rights for someone or something? oh well.

GO KOMETS!!

lovelost

I am not going to lie. I thought Saidachev and Pence were not going to be that good. But they are showing what they got. Lets just hope they keep it up all year and get us that trophy.

lovelost

I do not know about you guys but check out the MAHL so far. Few guys from IHL camp there. Kyle Bozoian is one. 22 goals and over 300 penalty minutes in 5 games. here is pointstreaks stats.

http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/scoreboard.html?leagueid=534&seasonid=2365

This would be a good merge if we could get some teams in Ohio to join. that would really get this league going.

lovelost

I meant over 300 penalty minutes in 2 games.

JungleMonkey

Russell Spence is also playing in the MAHL.

lovelost

Tedstone is too.

Jungle Monkey

Tedstone will be a waste of a roster spot even there.

On another note, Justin Cohn mentioned a player by the name of Marchant.. Is this someone on the Komets roster? I can't seem to remember seeing him play this season... =)

Jerad Shaw

I thought Marchangt did a very good job in the physical aspect of the game last Saturday. Granite, 1 out of 6 games is a Goneau like ratio, but I thought he showed some signs of life on Saturday.

Komet Fan

Marchant and Shafranov have both been no shows so far this year. I have said it several times already, but those 2 are wastes of vet spots.... Chaulk has played fine, he could easily have another 10 assists with all of the chances he has set up for Aquino and Sessa before Sessa left for personal reasons. Chaulk will never be a goal scorer, he is a set up guy. Yes, I would love it if Chaulk shot the puck more, but it is not in his nature.

hobo

check this out this kid has 11 points in 2 games......

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?encode=TRUE&pid=97422

Jungle Monkey

I think anyone that goes to the MAHL with any pro experience will light that league up.

Junior

I thought the MAHL was junior hockey?? Guess not.

Henley67250

When Brent comes back, that poll should have some different names on it and should be started over. Bertram, Curadeau, Henley, Woods, to name a few...

booner

i would write more if i had the time to be close to a computer all day, and im kinda worried to share my oppinion some times...ha ;), but cohny, you do a great job. if i miss something over the weekend i know where i can read up on the team, or who's what... etc.... i had to comment on terry. he did look very good saturday! and heard he had a good game sunday. as far as shaf, well lets let the team continue workin with each other. gotta understand it may take a few weeks to click. chemistry is alot on a team. so i will wait to jugde just yet. go komets!

Tom

And those of you who are down on Shafranov should look at the entire season so far. The first three games he was very slow...the last home game he was one of the 3-4 fastest Komets on the ice that night for most of the night. I was someone who made the comment about him looking out of place for the first two home games, but Sat. he outskated someone from Muskegon to prevent an icing and led a breakaway with Chaulk. He is coming around. I did notice some toughness from Marchant, but as big as he is we still should see more from him....either hit...or score...but doing neither would not be good. GO K'S!

Teresa

News flash: Guy Dupuis will be on the WMEE morning show with Craig and Sam tomorrow. Tune in!

Andrew

I think this would be why they have over 300 PIMs.

http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/boxscore.html?gameid=601233

Henley67250

Did they adopt the IHL's "motto" from Pickard, only WITH the goonery?

lovelost

You got a point Jungle Monkey and it is considered "A" hockey I think, so that is the lowest you can get. But one thing they are doing is scoring lots and playing very physical. Sounds to me thats what this league was trying to do. So I think with that league only having 6 teams or whatever that we should either make some sort of farm out of them or even merge. This league really needs something to get back up to 10-20 teams and that would sure help. Especially if Indianapolis, Chicago, and a few Ohio teams join. We could get this with more teams and try to make are selves higher then the CHL and ECHL. Just a thought. It will never happen but something like that needs to happen and that woud be really cool if it did.

Jerad Shaw

I might be the only one, but I am starting to like this 6 team league. I think it will build some decent rivalries. Every game I have been to has been pretty exciting, with alot of emotion. I would like to see Indy,Toledo, or even South Bend join, but they can't branch out to much. They have to keep the teams in the same general area to make this thing work. If they can grow to 12 teams or so in the next 3 or 4 years, with all the teams within a resonable distance, I think you could see this league prosper.

mightbite

I would like to see Indy & Toledo to make it a eight team league.

lovelost

With Chicago and Dayton too would be sweet. This is a make or break year. It will either stay they same or branch. We shall see.

JungleMonkey

I think a 10-12 team league would be nice. Break it up into 2 divisions.

East
Toledo
Dayton
Pt. Urine
Flint
Cinnci

West
Bloomington
Chicago
Indy
Kzoo
Muskegon

That leaves an odd number with the K's. But you get the point. Who know's QC might be begging to come back in a year or two.

lovelost

yea I think,

Fort Wayne
Muskegon
Port Huron
Indy
Toledo
Dayton
Chicago
Bloomington
Kalamazoo
Flint

would be great.

Mark

I'm glad someone else noticed Shaf was much better on Saturday night..and he played well on Sunday as well...he will get better...

lovelost

He did hustle more on Saturday. I jsut hope he does it all season and not just here and there.

GO KOMETS!!

Henley67250

With the possibilities of Indy stretching to Port Huron and Muskegon, the division alignment should be North-South instead of East-West. How about this:

North: Muskegon
Kalamazoo
Port Huron
Flint
Toledo

South: Fort Wayne
Dayton
Bloomington
Indianapolis
Cincinnati

That would make for a nice midwest bus league I think, and if you throw in Chicago, Peoria, South Bend, or Quad City, you may be able to start a Western division...

Anyone heard the rumor besides me that the Chicago Wolves will not be in the AHL next year?

st.christopher

I think you'll see everyone adjust and gel over the next month,remember the 5-11-1 run we had in early 2005...don't be surprised if we go through some growing pains.

st.christopher

I think you'll see everyone adjust and gel over the next month,remember the 5-11-1 run we had in early 2005...don't be surprised if we go through some growing pains.

Junior

Not trying to be negative and I agree w/ all of the league pairings but I haven't seen anywhere where Indy was going to be in the league next year. Is this going to happen??

If the I works out, I would love to see Toledo part of it and I hope that Craig in Chicago can find a spot for the Hounds.

st.christopher

Toledo and Chicago yes... Indy no.

scoops

Lets hope we get through season one without a folding chair or two. Wouldn't that be something to have everyone back next season? First time in awhile.

As for who stays, who goes, who sucks, and who will be the constant scab people pick at (IE Guinn, Kiyaga)....a clearer picture will develope as we roll towards 2008. Judging players after 3 games seen, 6 games total, is premature.

Hit Somebody!!!

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Jerad Shaw

I have not heard anything about the Wolves leaving the AHL, but in a couple years, their numbers will be dropping from what they are right now. Once the Bhawks get those young guys winning games, people will flood back to the UC like the glory days! From what I heard during last year's talks, Indy was somewhat interested, but stayed in the same league this year. If the attendence numbers climb, which I think they will. The UHL is going to end up looking pretty tempting for alot of franchises. This is pretty fun hockey in my opinion!

jkmess11

I relocated to Indy from Fort Wayne and I would for Indy to get in the IHL, better yet, if Indy, Cinci, Dayton, along with Fort Wayne would be great rival hockey for Indy...

I think the only problem with Cinci is they would be with PH in attendance. For some reason once the IHL left that city, the attendance has been horrible and I don't know why...

hockeyfun

The team in Indy belongs to an ametur league, and I read in the Indy Star last year that the team has a legal obligation to play 07-08. After this season the ownership could make a shift to some other league. According to what I read they were still drawing about 3,500 people a game at the Pepsi Center. Pretty good for a team with a bunch of kids not getting paid to play. I miss the trips to Indy to watch the K's and Ice face off. It would be great to get that rivalry back.

jkmess11

What I have heard, is 06-07 was to be the last year for the Ice to be in the USHL and the Pepsi Coliseum. The Pepsi Coliseum kicked the ICE out and when the Ice renewed their one year contract with the USHL, they then had to renegotiate their agreement with the Pepsi Coliseum. Infact, I heard someone was going to built a 5,000 seated arena for them because the Ice couldn't agree on terms with the Coliseum.

What I have heard is the Coliseum told the ice if they couldn't get their attendance to 4,000 a game, then they were out. They average 2,500 a game. The ice hold three games at the Conseco Field House and they sell out. That is how they are getting a high average.

The few games I go to a year in Indy, everyone wants professional hockey back...

Junior

That would be awesome, thanks for the information pertaining Indy.

Watch out for Youngstown and the CHL. The CHL/Building ownership has cut ties w/ the team after this year so they will be free to go where ever they want. It's a bit out of the I's geography, but they draw a great crowd and would be a welcome addition to the IHL.

Cincy really strugles w/ attendance. They've had their shot at the AHL and it didn't work out. I don't know if there are enough hockey fans in Cincy to support a IHL team.

Getting Indy in would be huge, but they could use a newer arena to play in. The USHL team sells out Conseco Fieldhouse????? 3 times a year??

jkmess11

Youngstown needs to go to the ECHL.

The only reason Indy sells out at Conseco is because they have a huge sponorship those nights. I believe one night is big brothers big sister, and Citizen Gas as a large employee night one other night. So I feel most of the attendance is corporate attendance..

Jerad Shaw

Great info JKMess. Thank you!! I had very little info and I appreciate the insight.

Kevin

for the k's Youngstown is only 4hr & 30min drive however, for other teams it might be farther then what the IHL would want to expand to. W/ all of these teams it's great to look into but until it happens I'll take the wait and see approach.

chuckitt

yeh, but how long of a drive will it be for muskegon to go to dayton or indy? i think the ihl will limit it to around 4 or five hours drive time. that would make it nice to go to any road game.

Henley67250

Teams should stick to Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. chuckit is correct, road trips should only be 4 or 5 hours long so they don't take a toll on the players physically. Youngstown would be a good addition, but no one wants them to be the Elmira of the league. They would need an in-state rival like a Columbus or Dayton or Toledo.

Remember this is all speculation. We hope there is expansion in the years to come, but for right now, I have no problem with the 6 team league we have. Hockey is Hockey. As long as we have it in the Summit City, no matter how many teams we play against, I'll still be going to the games, having a good time...

Jerad Shaw

I think once they break down into divisions, it shouldn't be a problem for Muskegon and Indy to be in the same league as that is concerned. Limiting the trips teams would have to make with a 5 hour transit would be good with the use of a north south or east west division. Once again, this is all speculation. Just wish we had some hockey in town this weekend!!!

mightbite

I have a few tickets to sell or trade if you can do this here?


brando

what section and row mightbite? all the games or just a few?

RaVeN

Mightbite's 2 seats are some of the best in the house. I should know....I sit right behind him. :-)

brando

Good thing you sit behind him...

Bob

Indy would be nice to have back, but Pepsi Coliseum needs to be renovated. Conseco is a very nice place to watch a game, but I'm sure that the rent is much more.

While I cannot confirm it at this time, I was told that improvements (major ones) are in the near future for Pepsi Coliseum.

Hit Somebody!!!

I heard the samething about the Pepsi Coliseum. Major improvements were coming this off-season and that it was mainly aimed at Minor League Hockey and the possibility of getting back into a league like the IHL. Aren't there certain standards for arenas that the IHL requires now? I would bet that Indy is getting ready for IHL hockey again. Wonder if the Hounds owner might jump to Indy with his team? He has a franchise and needs an Arena for his team. Seems like a fit to me.

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