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K's night in pictures

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Charlie Effinger thinks about the game at hand, which the K's lost 5-1
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The Komets wore special jerseys to support breast-cancer research through the Vera Bradley Foundation.
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Matt Syroczynski, left, the 2010 Playoff MVP, made his return to the Komets' lineup.
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After entering the game late in the first period, Charlie Effinger got a pep-talk from Brett Smith.
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Fort Wayne's Nick Wheeler, in pink, fought off a hook in the first period.
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Two Komets schemed a play together in the third period at the Coliseum.
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Goaltender Joel Martin made 35 saves for the Wings in the victory.
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The Komets' leading scorer, Brandon Marino, didn't get much room to break away.

It was a bad game for the K's

It was a lonely night to be a Komets goaltender.

Marco Cousineau was yanked after allowing three goals on seven shots.

Charlie Effinger allowed two on 20.

And the Komets lost 5-1 to the Kalamazoo Wings.

But the jerseys looked good

The Komets wore special jerseys, as part of the Pink the Rink campaign, which raises money for breast-cancer research.

It is in conjuction with the Vera Bradley Foundation.

The Komets will wear those jerseys Saturday, too, and they are being auctioned off silently.

Last year, this event raised about $15,000 for the fight against breast cancer.

And Syro returned

After nearly three years of retirement, Matt Syroczynski was back in the Fort Wayne lineup.

He threw some body checks and got positive reviews from coach Al Sims.

Syroczynski was the Playoff MVP in 2010, when the Komets won the IHL championship.

He did play one game before joining the Komets, with the Florida Everblades.

He's not yet in tip-top shape, but the Komets believe they saw the potential for good things again.

There was no Reiter

Kenny Reiter had been called up to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League before the game.

Cousineau had been slated to start, anyway, but Effinger was pressed into action unexpectedly.

In the photo on the right, he gets a pep talk from Brett Smith after entering the game.

Two shots later, he gave up a goal.

The Komets feel fortunate to have three goalies, making them able to endure a call-up. But that wasn't evident Friday night.

It was revenge time

The Komets had defeated the Wings 2-1 at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Wednesday night.

But the Wings exacted revenge by dropping the Komets to 10-13-0 at Memorial Coliseum, where they average more fans than any other team in the 23-team ECHL.

After the game, the Fort Wayne players held a closed-door meeting to discuss their troubles at home.

Also, general manager David Franke let his displeasure be known in the locker room.

K's offense stagnant

Much as the Komets tried to scheme some offense, they didn't produce many close-range shots.

They were without captain Colin Chaulk (foot) amd Mike Hoban (shoulder).

The Komets did get 36 shots on net, though, but it was mostly from the perimeter.

Martin was outstanding

When the Komets did get close to the net, Wings goaltender Joel Martin was ready.

He was foiled only once, by Thomas Beauregard in the third period, but over the last two games Martin has allowed only three goals to the Komets.

Tonight, the Komets take on the North Division-best Cincinnati Cyclones at the Coliseum.

They must be better

Sims said the Komets must stick to their game and get the puck into the offensive zone and keep it there, if they want to start having more success at the Coliseum.

The fans have been restless and deservedly so.

For more pictures -- by Michelle Davies -- 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 jcohn@jg.net.

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