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Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette
Some Komets fans found other entertainment in the 5-0 loss Saturday.

Komets have got some problems

This photo by Swikar Patel probably sums up how many Komets fans were feeling this weekend, after the Komets lost 2-1 to Toledo on Saturday and 5-0 to Evansville tonight.

The Komets' biggest problem has been their special-teams play. Tonight, they gave up three power-play goals (I know, one of them came a split second after the power play ended) and two short-handed goals.

The Komets' power play is 0 for its last 20 through 13 periods.

That's just awful for a team that was on a five-game winning streak not long ago, and is now on a three-game losing streak.

And the Komets got awsome goaltending this weekend from Kenny Reiter and Charlie Effinger; what if that hadn't happened?

I know the Komets are missing a lot of guys, but it doesn't explain this, necessarily. Having Matt Kennedy and Eric Giosa wouldn't solve all of the problems with the skilled forwards.

"It was a frustrating game for us," Komets coach Al Sims said, "and an embarrassing loss, obviously."

There's not a whole lot that can be said.

If you want to see the rest of Patel's photos, click here.

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