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They're impacting series with Reading

First of all, make sure you check out today's story on the need for offense in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals by clicking here.

You may have noticed, the Reading Royals have a few former Komets contributing: Bryant Molle, Kevin Walrod and Josh Brittain.

Molle, a defenseman, played 86 games with the Komets from the spring of 2011 to 2012 and helped them to the CHL's title. With the Royals, he has 21 assists in 145 games over two seasons, including 22 games last year in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, when the Royals won it all.

Walrod, a forward who had an empty-net goal in the Royals' 4-2 victory at Santander Arena on Saturday, was in training camp last fall with the Komets. After scoring one goal in two preseason games with Fort Wayne, he spent 21 games with Bloomington of the Southern Professional Hockey League (13 goals, 23 points), five games with Evansville of the ECHL (two assists) and 39 regular-season games with the Royals (8 goals, 24 points).

And then there's Brittain, who was one of the few bright spots from the Komets' ill-fated one-year affiliation with the Anaheim Ducks. In 31 games with Fort Wayne, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound former third-round pick of the Ducks had 13 goals and 27 points in 31 games with the Komets last season before he was called up to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

After tallying 11 goals and 19 points in 43 games with the Admirals, he began this season with Hershey of the AHL and had three goals and four points in 20 games. In the second half of the season, with Reading, he had 14 goals and 26 points in 36 games.

"Being up in the American league, it's a different game and it's a faster game," Brittain said. "You're playing with some serious skill level and it makes you a better player. I think if I can bring anything down from there, it's the work ethic and tenacity and how to play the game properly. Hopefully I can lead by example – be a leader for this team – and get us moving forward."

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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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