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Komets lose 6th straight

Make it six losses in a row for the Komets, who's goal-scoring ability seems to have almost disappeared.

They lost 3-1 to the Cincinnati Cyclones on Saturday night, with the only Fort Wayne goal coming from defenseman Jamie Milam during a power play.

Fort Wayne had myriad other chances to score but Mat Syroczynski missed the net from point-blank range, Brandon Marino failed to get a shot off on a breakaway, Jean-Michel Rizk missed the net on a breakaway and Rizk's shot from 8 feet out was gloved by goaltender Michael Houser.

The Komets have scored nine goals during this losing streak.

Cincinnati's game-winning goal, scored by Josh Shalla, came after Fort Wayne captain Colin Chaulk couched up the puck by bouncing a pass off his own net.

The days leading up to the game didn't have the mass changes fans had been hoping would come. Physical defenseman Brent Henley was dealt to Florida for cash and the Komets (26-27-2) signed 27-year-old defenseman Michael Jordan, 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, who had four goals and 10 points in 21 games with Danville of the Federal Hockey League.

The Anaheim Ducks assigned goaltender Jeff Deslauriers, who has played 62 NHL games, to Fort Wayne, and forward Matt Kennedy was returned by the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals, for whom he was scoreless in nine games.

But heading into the game against North Division-leading Cincinnati (32-17-6), the Komets were without a slew of players, including forwards Mike Hoban (back) and John Dunbar (ankle), defenseman Scott Kishel (hand), and goalie Marco Cousineau (groin).

Making matters worse, the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters informed the Komets that rookie defenseman Daniel Maggio will probably not be returned to Fort Wayne this season.

Maggio had five goals, 18 points and 147 penalty minutes in 43 games this season with the Komets, and he was their lone all-star. In seven games with Lake Erie, he has one goal, two points and 31 penalty minutes.

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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