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Komets lose at Cincinnati

CINCINNATI -- Another slow start squashed the Komets' chances of winning a key game at U.S Bank Arena.

Fifteen of the first 18 shots on goal were by the Cincinnati Cyclones, who beat the Komets 2-1 in front of 2,399 fans Tuesday night.

Scoring for Cincinnati were Andrew Conboy and Matt Smyth. Fort Wayne didn't score until Brandon Marino put a rebound into the net in the third period.

Cincinnati outshot Fort Wayne 29-21.

Defenseman Jamie Milam, re-signed last week, played his first game of the season for Fort Wayne. And Matt Syroczynski, who scored the Cup-winning goal for the Cyclones in 2008, played his first game here with the Komets.

Fort Wayne lost for the fourth time in the last six games.

The Komets had a power play in the final two minutes and got three shots but couldn't capitalize.

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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