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WRITER: Blake Sebring

Komets continue futility in Toledo

A slow start and a slower ending killed the Fort Wayne Komets during a rare morning game in Toledo on Thursday. The Komets trailed 2-0 after the first period, tied it 3-3 during the second period but gave up three goals in the third to lose 6-3 before 7,509 Huntington Center fans. The Komets are now 2-14-1 all-time in the Huntington Center and 3-3-1 in weekday morning games, all of which have been played on the ...

Komets looking to rebound after five-game road trip

Every hockey coach and player stresses the importance of road trips for providing adversity, helping a team adapt and building team chemistry. Wouldn't you think there must be something magical team members are doing on the road? There's not, really. It's more about the circumstances of what they are going through. It's the fact that they can't rely on the home crowd to rally them, the referee is not going to ...

Tailing the Komets: Trade made with Jacksonville

Ahead of Thursday's school-day game in Toledo, the Komets have made a deal with the Jacksonville IceMen. In return for cash, the Komets have sent forward Tyson Fawcett back to his former team. After scoring a hat trick in the first game of the season, Fawcett has one goal and an assist over his next eight games. The Komets also activated forward Gabriel Desjardins off injured reserve. The moves leave the ...

Wildwood Racquet club still growing in 45th year

When Will Cleveland came to Wildwood Racquet Club from Dayton in 1988, he figured on being here three years at the most. It would take two years to put the program in place and another to nail it down. "In my mind, I was on my way to Chicago," he said recently, leaning back in his chair from the club's business office. "I'm the most-surprised guy in the room, but without question it's the best move I could have ...

Tailing the Komets: What the team is working on

Went to practice today to see how the guys are coming off the road trip. A few items: * Gabriel Desjardins is ready come off injured reserve and will be in the lineup Thursday in Toledo. * Justin Hodgman will not. He first had a hip problem he was working on, came back to practice a couple of weeks ago before taking a tumble and messing up his shoulder. He's out at least another couple of weeks. Could be a ...

Tailing the Komets: Also don't forget

Thursday's morning game in Toledo will not be broadcast on WOWO, but on WKJG, 1380-AM and 100.9 FM. You can also catch it at Komets.com and the Listen Live button. Thank the Lord that Shane Albahrani is a morning person. And also that he's on radio so we don't have to see what he looks like that morning. Friday and Sunday's games will be back on WOWO, 1190-AM like usual.

Komets enjoy celebrations after victories

Since Bruce Richardson introduced it in 2006-07, the Komets have always saluted their home fans after victories by raising their sticks at center ice. But what happens in the locker rooms after wins? It's top secret under threat of death, banishment or cooties. Yes, sometimes it gets wild behind closed locker room doors. Oh, the horror! "There are certain things you just want to be behind four walls," Komets ...

Tailing the Komets: Ryan Culkin's power-play marker holds up in win

The Fort Wayne Komets played a nearly perfect road game Friday night and it turned into a 4-2 win over the Utah Grizzlies. Ryan Culkin's power-play goal 4:09 into the third period held up as goaltender Michael Houser made 33 saves. The Komets held the Grizzlies scoreless in four power-play chance and scored on their first chance with the man advantage with Culkin's goal. Ralph Cuddemi, who played for Utah last ...

Tailing the Komets: Grizzlies' hot start whips Fort Wayne

After winning the first two games of their trip West, the Fort Wayne Komets got blown out Saturday night in Utah. The Grizzlies got two goals from Ryan Walters to build a 4-0 lead and beat the Komets 4-2. After getting sent down earlier in the day by San Diego of the American Hockey League, Walters scored his first goals of the season in the first period. The Komets had chances to cut into the margin but hit ...

Mad Ants dancer also serves in Air National Guard

After the Madame Ants Dancers had sorted through two August tryouts, the survivors were asked to tell the group something interesting about themselves. New member Kaley Gasvoda won everyone's attention immediately. "I knew they were all going to find out eventually anyway," Gasvoda said, "so I just said, `I'm in the Air Force.' " Her declaration surprised everyone but also made perfect sense. "There was a ...

Uncharacteristic mistakes silence Snider's playoff dreams, season

Maybe the most striking thing about the end of Friday's Snider-Carmel regional championship game was the absolute silence. While defending Class 6A state champion Carmel celebrated a 22-21 win, everyone else was virtually silent as they filed out of Spuller Stadium. It was like the Panthers and their fans are so unused to losing football games no one knew what to say to each other or to console the players or ...

Tailing the Komets: Jason Binkley's goal defeats defending ECHL champions

A strong team effort helped the Fort Wayne Komets hold off the defending Kelly Cup champion Colorado Eagles on the road Wednesday night. Jason Binkley's goal at 9:40 of the third period held up over a hair-raising final 10 minutes. The final score was 4-3. The win allowed the Komets, 4-3-1, to jump from sixth to fourth place in the ECHL's Central Division. The Komets were playing without captain Jamie ...

Cody Sol delighted to wear an 'A' with Komets

With the exception of a sore shoulder, the season has gotten off to a great start for Komets defenseman Cody Sol. He was among the last cuts at the Tucson Roadrunners training camp and he's wearing an "A" as the Komets' alternate captain for the first time in his four years in Fort Wayne. "It was a good honor for me, especially with the history we have here and the legends who have played hockey in this town ...

Tailing the Komets: What the team's new lease means

The Memorial Coliseum announced Monday it has signed a four-year lease with the Fort Wayne Komets which includes this season. But what does that actually mean to the team and its fans? The new lease gives the Komets incentives up to $65,000 from the coliseum and Allen County government to continue increasing attendance. It cuts the Komets' base rent to $1 per season, and in return the team has agreed to ...

Mad Ants pull together behind Walt Lemon to win home-opener

After an opening-game loss to Long Island on Saturday night, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants came home Tuesday night with a lot of questions to answer. Could they play together? Could they guard anyone? Could they rebound? Could they close out an opponent? Could they slow anyone down inside? They answered almost every one affirmatively in a 106-93 win over the Greensboro Swarm before 4,234 Memorial Coliseum fans. They ...

Mad Ants C.J. Fair, Walter Lemon Jr. hoping for happy homecoming

While the Mad Ants are returning from a one-game road trip to play their home-opener Tuesday night, a couple of players have come back a little bit farther. C.J. Fair is coming back after playing in France last year, and Walter Lemon Jr. from playing in Greece. Their main hope in returning is to try again for an NBA chance, especially after they witness so many call-ups last year from afar. "I see they called ...