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Komets lose in OT shootout

The opening of the 62nd season in franchise history didn't end the way the new-look Komets had hoped.

But at least they salvaged a point in the standings Saturday night, in front of 9,676 fans at Memorial Coliseum.

Mickey Lang's goal with 4:30 remaining in regulation forced extra time, and the Komets lost 4-3 to the Toledo Walleye in an overtime shootout.

Lang had two goals in regulation -- and the Komets' only tally in the shootout -- but Fort Wayne was outscored 2-1 in the shootout.

The Komets' other goal in the game came from left wing Chris Auger, who scored on a 40-foot shot to tie it at 2 in the second period.

John Muse, in his first game for the Komets, stopped 18 of 21 shots and 3 of 5 shootout attempts.

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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