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K's surge ends at K-Zoo

They came in on a 4-0-3 run, but the Komets' offense sputtered in a 3-1 loss to the Kalamazoo Wings in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Jan. 15, 2014.

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Kalamazoo forward Justin Taylor, right, celebrates after teammate Eric Kattelus scores on Max Strang in the second period at Wings Stadium. The Wings beat the Komets 3-1.

K's looked good, mostly

It wasn't a bad game for the Komets, even though they lost 3-1 to the Kalamazoo Wings.

They just didn't score, despite a ton of opportunities from close range.

"We've just got to give a goalie like (Max Strang) more goal support," Komets coach Gary Graham said. "You can't expect to win games 1-nothing."

I thought Strang played pretty well, even though he had only 17 saves. He maybe could have had the second goal, but Sam Ftorek is no slouch shooting the puck from long range.

Interesting nugget from Mike Embach, who had the Komets' lone goal:

"We thought we played solid," he said. "We've got to know our assignments better on a couple of faceoffs; we were getting lost. They are one of the few teams that have some set plays that they run in the offensive zone. We knew them on video, but we just fell asleep for a couple minutes."

Check out the highlights video above.

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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