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K's time running out

With a 6-3 loss to the Florida Everblades, the Komets' chances of making the playoffs are dwindling. From Memorial Coliseum. March 8, 2013.

A video, lack of faith

First off, check out the video recap from Friday's 6-3 victory by the Florida Everblades over the Komets. I keep it tight, and there are some plays in which you will really enjoy.

As for the Komets, well, as I stated earlier tonight, I don't see them making the playoffs.

With 11 games left, the Komets are nine points back of Greenville for the eighth and final playoff spot.

But what's alarming isn't the math, it's the lack of offense. The Komets have 23 goals over the last 12 games. That's unbelievable for a team that has known throughout that time how much it needs to be winning.

The Komets get scoring chances, but they don't finish. To me, that's a lack of determination. And when they do score, they let up.

?Every time we scored a goal tonight, we would give one right back,? said defenseman Tyler Butler, who scored for Fort Wayne. ?We?d score, they?d get it back, instead of us capitalizing on momentum. We let them grab it back a couple of times.?

But while I question the passion of some -- but certainly not all -- of the Komets, the real people to blame are general manager David Franke, coach Al Sims, president Michael Franke and, perhaps, assistant coach Colin Chaulk.

They didn't put a good enough team together.

I could see in training camp that the Komets lacked the personnel to score enough goals, and that was before Chris Auger went down. The Komets never properly addressed it. Maybe I would blame them less, except they kept telling us that because of the NHL lockout, it was such a buyer's market. I guess that ended up either being a line or they were unable to get the players here they thought they could.

Anaheim and Norfolk are responsible to some degrees, I guess, because they haven't exactly sent a bevy of stars. But I still believe the affiliation has made the Komets better than they would have been.

I will say the Komets' young defensemen look worlds better than they did at the beginning of the season. And all the injuries haven't helped.

But this was one of the most disappointing games I've seen from the Komets in a while. They knew how big this game would be. They had six days to think about it. Then they give up eight of the first nine shots. They let down whenever they scored a goal. And they didn't exactly come out in the third period like their season was on the line.

Florida isn't very good. But the Komets made them look good.

So, maybe the Komets will pull some magic out of their caps in the next 11 games. I'm not seeing it, though.

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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