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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March 22, 2008

Comments

Josh F

I like Hodgman. The kid's got some serious skill.

That major penalty was weak. It should have been a double minor at worst. What made me laugh though was a guy behind me shouted that Graber made Hawthorne look like a great ref. Plus after any hit by both teams, people were yelling BOARDING!

Great win though either way. To think, they play Flint twice more next weekend.

BTW, any word on when the Huber is getting delivered to the K's? Will it be done in time for the last home game, or will it just be done at the first home playoff game?

Justin Cohn

The league has yet to figure it out. The belief is that it will be in the regular season, but the thing hasn't even been finished yet, last I heard.

Andrew

I'm about to start a "Hustler Hodgman Fan Club"...man this kid reminds me of Morency (minus the fighting). Hopefully he can make Marchant start playing better (b/c he's going to be the center who is left out if he doesn't start picking it up). That's the one thing that the Komets are lacking in, hitting people who have the puck. Just my opinions...

Andrew

Maybe the Komets should look into creating some shirts like these...

http://shop.nhl.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=2504572

I think they would be fairly popular, kinda random but i just thought I'd throw that out there

Mark

Josh F.

Komets don't play Flint for 3 weeks. and that is 2 up in flint and 1 here in Fort Wayne.

kometfan

wow did hodgman really impress me....and yes andrew that would be a great fan club!!..the way he hit..the way he played on the PK.....him and hukalo on the same line on the PK would be a killer....he showed a lot of grit and determination...and was very deserving of the standing ovation he got after leavin the ice on that pk he kept the puck in flints zone...hopefully after that he sees that these fans are for real and respects the city and wants to come back if offered....and the 3rd man in crap....all shirokov did was hold someone and yet everyone was in the scrum..so why didnt legault get a third man in he was obviously involved before shirokov....lol...graber just made me laugh the whole night!! its just lovely to see how 3 coaches cant outsmart 1...lol

kometfan

Did sterling injure reichmuth?? cuz after that altercation clayton pool came in....well wait..maybe ramsey knew what was goin to happen and didn't want pool to get beat up so he started reichmuth and then just pulled him after the fight....maybe a fine involved for that move?

wingmnn

Musk. Vs PH. brawl link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0ExdHtaLbk

Ryne Gurney

The goalie fight was the best fight i've seen all year.

ds214

Just had to post this AM. I want to remind all that what you are watching this season is a truly remarkable hockey team. I have been to 34 years worth of hockey games at the War Memorial and do say that this is one of the finer teams I have been blessed to watch.
Mr. Hodgeman was a joy to watch last night. The extra jump that he brought last night was fun at this point of the season. I looked at the shirts and I liked the idea of the old timers...I would buy a Doug Rigler, Wally Schriber, or maybe a Robbie Laird. Maybe a John Hillworth or a Rob Motz. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your season. The brawl in Musky was something and I would say that It was planned as the way it transpired.

mightbite

GET-WELL SOON=raVen need ya back soon!!!!!It looked like segal started the brawl-need one here in Ft.Wayne

Kris

GREAT BRAWL in Musky! All I want to say is that the ejection of Curadeau last night was complete garbage!! If Graber the horse wrangler was gonna toss Curadeau, he should have tossed whoever that was that crosschecked Curadeau from behind right after Curadeau's hit as well. And how can there be two third men in?! Wouldn't that make one of them fourth man? Graber is an idiot. He must have gone to the same ref school as Hawthorne and Gallagher. Great win, and Hodgman was an animal out there!! I hoope he keeps that sort of play up!! Let's rewrite the record books on Friday!! GO KOMETS!!!

Kris

PS. Congrats to Colin Chaulk and his family. We wish you all the best!! GO KOMETS!!

Mrs. Mightbite

Hey RaVen! What happened?!? Did you eat the free taco, Whopper and wash it down with the wind shield washer fluid?!?!

Really, man, Mr. Mightbite and I are thinking of you! Please take care ... games just aren't the same without you!

Jungle Monkey

1. Currdy getting tossed was crap.

2. Tuzzlino is the SOFTEST 6'5" or whatever he measures in at defenseman in ALL of hockey. What as girl. He's a real toughguy when there are two linesmen standing between him and Bertram. It looked like Bert was going to choke him if he got his hands on him.

3. Flint played the whole game cheap. They need to trade for Karlander. With Karlander being the #1 crybaby in the league, Flint has to have the next 9.

Dumba.
Bozo-soil.
DiPace.
Tuzzilino. (aka Capt. Soft)
Kinnie.

The list goes on...

4. Jorde was such an intimidating force that he was asked to leave...

5. Legault and Woods connecting on a goal... Yeah Boy!!!

6. Good for Bert and Pence.

7. If this is the Hodgeman we're going to see night in and night out... Marchant is going to have a tough row to hoe.

Josh F

Mark:

Thanks for informing me. The person I had talked to was mistaken. She thought that Flint was in town next week. Oh well.

Justin:

That's what I figured. Too bad I won't be able to get to anymore games, unless I go to the rat barn in Flint (I live about 20 minutes from there). Hopefully you'll be able to post some pictures either on here or on the site when's it's done.

FiveMinuteMajor

I was really impressed with Hodgman last night. He hits and hustles, what more do we need?
I didn't see Curadeau do anything that deserved a game misconduct, but I didn't have a real good look at the play. What I did have a good look at was how many offsides calls the crap linesmen missed all night! Aargh!
The jerseys were pretty sharp, I may have to mosey over to the Arts United site and see how much some of them are going for...
You think Bert was happy after scoring that goal? Loved his reaction! Talk about getting your offense from unexpected places. Great game! :)

kometfan

well i cant agree with most of you on how pence had a good game....because he gave flint the second goal they had and then on the first goal he was caught just standing there.....and his goal....weak...just ruggerio let in the easiest goal allowed

Ryne Gurney

Komet fan, Pence didn't have that good of a game, however i enjoy watching him and he works pretty hard, he's a solid defenseman. He made a bad play, happens.


Also yesterday Luers boys basketball won state, and the Komets won big, (I was at both games), good day.

kometfan

yes i also enjoy watching him go on the fly and then turn the puck over and the other team goes on a break..so fun to watch that!!!

Mark

I think Pence played a decent game. I think the defensive play he made on Kinnie after he turned the puck over was a very good move, Kinnie made an even better move by spinning and passing to Tuzzolino. Impressive play by Kinnie, Pence is a hustler, he isn't the greatest dman around, but he is serviceable.

RaVeN

To Mr & Mrs Mightbite...thanks for the peptalk. I needed that. I hope to make it back for Friday's game as long as the pacemaker does it's job. It sounds like I missed a good one last night.See ya soon and GO K'S!!!

chuckitt

pence has improved alot and the comment that he is a serviceable dman is correct. lets hope he gets better cause im sure he will be back next year.

kometfan

i sure hope they can find a servicable dman better than him next year...if they were smart they better offer up some money to hodgman

ToeBlake

If I had to choose between Pence and Warner hands down I would take Warner. He is a much better player than Pence and has more potential than Pence. While I will agree that Pence has improved I would play Warner over him. Play-off Line-up

Boucher/Reiter

Hansen/Henley
Dupuis/Bertram
Warner/Durdin

Woods/Chaulk/PC
Aquino/Caurdeau/Shafranov
Huaklo/Reynolds/Marchant

Extra: Pence/Saidachev or Legault

Healthy Scratches:
Shirokov
Hodgeman

Shawn

From what I saw on Saturday Hodgeman and Chaulk are our best centermen. Marchant or Reynolds better get used to playing wing.

Skoal Apple

I have to put my two cents in on the currdy hit. I think it was diserving. He did take 4 or 5 extra strides to hit and it was from behind. Just my take please take it gently just my thought. I still like that guy and love that he is in a Komet Jersey.

Jungle Monkey

Boucher/Reiter

Henley/Hanson
Dupuis/Bertram
Pence/Warner

Aquino/Chaulk/PC
Woods/Hodgeman/Reynolds
Huckalo/Cauradau/Shafranov

Durdin/Legault on the bench

Scratch: Marchant,Saidachev,Shikrov,

St.Christopher

Why are some of you so quick to throw Pence under the bus? He is not the only Komets player to give up a goal this season...What gives? I posted on another thread stating his 67 games played, only a few on the team have played as many games, this shows that coach Sims has confidence in this kid and likes his work ethic.

Jungle Monkey

I agree. Pence plays every game and plays hard. He makes mistakes, everyone on the team does, but I think he's still catching flack for his performance the first couple weeks of the season. He has improved greatly.

Pence +11
Hansen +4
Henley -2
Warner +8
Shirokov +11

Hoss

I knew it wouldn't be long till the +/- came out!!!

Hoss

I knew it wouldn't be long till the +/- came out!!!

scoops

If Henley was not 6'7" and had created the buzz he did from last season, he very well could be the one getting thrown under the bus. His play has not been great/terrible but its hard to argue he should be playing in front of some of the players mentioned for scratches or pine time. His knee/health have been a big factor in his play up to this point this season and hopefully his health is taking a turn towards the better. Having a knee injury makes it very difficult to be the player we seen last season.

Jungle Monkey

Hoss.... I used it as a point of reference. +/- doesn't tell the whole story. Henley for instance makes a bigger impact when he's on the ice than his +/- would indicate. Durdin is +23 or something and his play isn't always indicitive of that. However, it does say a lot about Pence when you compare him to his defensive teammates. Pence rarely takes dumb penalties, jumps people from behind, or throws tantrums over calls. I have yet to see him yell at a goalie in Latvian. Pence is a solid d-man, and a classy guy on and off the ice.

St.Christopher

Jungle Monkey and Scoops, I like how you two illusrtate the "bigger picture" your posts are right on.

Brad

$2,000 high bid for Saidachev's jersey from saturday night. that is nuts!!

Teresa

Do you think that's a typo?

dnl

To anyone wondering why Pence get's thrown under the bus...Komet fans have a few rules that must be followed every season. We have to freak out if we lose three games in a row, the coach (whomever) is holding (whomever) back and won't let (whomever) fight, Guinn has to be brought up in conversation, we need to argue about whether or not we should go to the AHL every so often, someone wonders why they don't bring back the 'you suck' chant, and one defenseman and a power forward has to be dogged on (doesn't matter the talent or if say for example a team goes 22 games straight at home without losing one.) These rules must be followed to a T or else the world explodes. I'm not complaining, but that's just how it goes.


By the way, anyone think that maybe this Hodgman love fest is a little early? I'm sure he has talent but I'd hold off on the 'look out Marchant' quotes til you see a few more games. Remember the lovefest for Erick Tremblay last year after one game?? He's not even playing hockey anymore. Even if Hodgman could take Marchant's spot at center, it would be a winger that would sit. Without Marchant and maybe Reynolds and occasionally Woods and Legault, no other forward plays infront of the crease game in and game out. Marchant isn't collecting a career high in points this season, but without him, the Komets offense would have a hole in it.

Teresa

Congrats to Kevin Bertram on defenseman of the week! Way to go, Bertie!

Brad

i would think its a typo considering the rest of them are in the 100-300 dollar range

mightbite

I'd like to see Legualt get as much ice time as Marchant-bet he'd have more points-more PIM.

Jungle Monkey

Marchant doesn't do anything in the crease. His stick is always tied up and at least two feet off the ice. Marchant has 3 powerplay goals. Huckalo is the only regular-shift playing forward that has less at 1. And Huckalo seldom plays on the powerplay.

scoops

Our powerplay goals aren't often scored by the guy parked in the crease but alot of goals are scored because of them. Just being there to create an obstructed view is every bit as effective. Whomever is out front should get as much assist credit for the abuse they take.

Jungle Monkey

Woods scores in the crease, as does Aquino.

ToeBlake

I would not play Hodgeman over a guy who has been here all year and contributed to the overall success of the team and that woul include Pence....THat is why I was not so excited to bring in an AM just because you can. There was really no reason to since everyone that has been playing here has chip in when someone gets hurt...

Hoss

I would play New Guy over a few guys on the team. He plays with fire and heart and hits everything! Everyone fell in love with Tremblay because he scored one goal, New Guy scored a goal and played "Komet Hockey" that we have all been waiting for. He reminded me of Morency with a better handle of the puck.


JM, I wasn't calling you out about +/-, it was just the fact that you can use it to show just about anything, like we have talked about before.

dnl

I haven't seen as many games as I would like but it seems to me that Woods scores most of his on odd man rushes. Aquino can deflect in the crease, as well as score about anywhere (lucky he does with the defense he plays, or lack there of.) There are a few other players who can play around the net, but no one screens like Marchant. He's strong, uses his body, and I bet get's cross checked more than anyone on the team because of his positioning. Those same skills give him the results he recieves on his faceoff. While I have no stats to back it up, I'd put money down that Marchant wins more faceoffs than even Chaulk. Before someone says something, I know, saying anything that doesn't praise Chaulk is blasphemy and I ask your forgiveness.

scoops

The whole team can lay claim to cleaning up rebounds and a deflection here and there. We'll just agree to disagree that Marchant does "nothing" out front.

chuckitt

all i can say about marchant is that hes gone from being a #1 scorer to a middle of the packer. is that worth a vetern spot? do his other tangibles make up for it? good for discussion.

scoops

I have never really thought of him as a #1 guy, at least not in Fort Wayne. Maybe in his younger days or on different teams. In Fort Wayne he has been more of a compliment to what we already had. He is worth a vet spot right now on this team and his intangibles make this team a better team. Next year might be a different story when a new team is being assembled.

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