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Effinger great, K's still lose

Goaltender Charlie Effinger was stupendous – he stopped 40 of 41 shots, including a Brandon Blandina penalty shot in overtime – but the Komets still lost their third straight game.

Eric Delong's goal on the final attempt of a shootout gave the Elmira Jackals a 2-1 victory, in front of 4,193 fans at First Arena on Saturday night.

The Komets (32-33-4), who have only three games remaining in their first ECHL season, had been outscored 13-4 in their previous two games. That included a 5-2 loss at Elmira on Friday night.

Jean Bourbeau's goal in the second period put the Jackals up again, but Matt Syroczynski answered on a power play late in the third period.

Ian Keserich stopped 29 shots for the Jackals, then turned away 4 of 5 shootout attempts.

Defenseman Jamie Milam was the only Komet to foil him, in the first round. But Matt Carter immediately answered for the Jackals (38-23-7).

Fort Wayne, which missed the playoffs for the first time since 2002, plays host to Toledo on Wednesday.

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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