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Highlights of Komets 2-1 loss at Vegas

Brandon Marino had the lone goal of the Komets' loss on Nov. 2, 2013.

K's lose 2-1 in Las Vegas

Marino nets lone goal; Schrock fights

For the first time this season, the Komets failed to net the first goal.

And they wound up with something all too familiar -- a loss, 2-1 to the Las Vegas Wranglers on Saturday night.

After Jeff May opened the scoring for the Wranglers 18:22 into the first period, during a power play, Fort Wayne's Brandon Marino answered with a 40-foot wrist shot at 6:22 of the second period.

But the game-winning goal came at 15:16 of the third period, when Greg Coburn's shot from just inside the blue line found the back of the net.

Goaltender Andrey Makarov stopped 28 shots for Fort Wayne (1-2-2).

Travis Fullerton had 36 saves for the Wranglers (3-5-0).

The game opened with a fight between Fort Wayne's Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and Alexandre Mentink.

The teams meet again today.

Note: Before the game, the Wranglers signed forward Bruce Reddick, the son of legendary Komets goalie Pokey Reddick, who was undefeated en route to the IHL's 1993 Turner Cup championship. ... Former UHL commissioner Richard Brosal attended the game.

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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