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Komets lose to Toledo

The Komets are out of the playoffs. The Toledo Walleye is fighting for better playoff positioning.

And the Komets sure made those fish nervous Wednesday night.

It was tied until Fort Wayne's Jamie Milam turned the puck over in the waning minutes at Memorial Coliseum, allowing Aaron Bogosian to get a shot on goal and Kyle Rogers to net the 3-2 winner for the Walleye.

The Komets have only two games remaining in their first ECHL season, a home-and-home series with Kalamazoo Wings that starts Friday in Michigan.

"The effort was there. A couple breakdowns again. Each guy needs to look in the mirror and figure out what they're playing for, whether it's the Komets' crest or individually for next year. Whatever it is, we all need to get better," said Matt Syroczynski, who scored, as did Milam, for the Komets.

About the most positive news of the night for the Komets was that radio broadcaster Bob Chase, 87, will be back calling his 61st consecutive season, team president Michael Franke said. Chase’s availability for all of the games will be determined by the schedule, Franke said, though the plan is for him to call almost all the games.

After the game, Jean-Michel Rizk was called up to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

The Komets signed forward Lindsay Sparks, 22, who had been at the University of Michigan, where he won a national championship as a rookie in 2010. Sparks, a 5-foot-9 native of Oakville, Ontario, had four goals and eight points in 16 games this season with the Wolverines.

The Komets released rookie forward J.P. Labardo, who had one goal and three points in four games, but was fighting the flu. He may be re-signed before Friday.

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