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Despite wild goal, K's down

The Komets got a wacky short-handed goal from Matt Firman in the second period at Memorial Coliseum, yet they still trail the Toledo Walleye 2-1.

Firman's goal came after Toledo goalie Jordan Pearce didn't play the puck near his net. It's tough to say if it was because he thought Firman was a teammate or because he was in danger of playing the puck outside the trapezoid. Either way, penalty or not, Pearce, the former Notre Dame goalie, should have played it because Firman got essentially a one-on-one and a goal.

But the Walleye answered on the power play with a Luke Glendening goal.

Fort Wayne has been outshot 20-14. The Komets are looking worse, not better, as they can't penetrate the Walleye neutral-zone play.

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