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Justin Chwedoruk dons the throwback jersey. Too bad for the Komets, they were unveiled in a loss.

Point of view: K's might have won

But it just wasn't their night; it was Quad City's

Let me tell you, looking for a different perspective tonight, I stationed myself behind the Quad City net for the third period.

With about three seconds remaining in regulation of a tie game, P.C. Drouin blasted a shot that was heading right for my noggin, which means it was going into the top-left corner of the net. What happened? It caromed off the shoulder of teammate Justin Chwedoruk and went wide.

With that kind of bad luck, it was clear what would happen. Last-place Quad City won 3-2, getting the only goal of the overtime shootout from Mike Zbriger.

It was an uncharacteristic game for the Komets, who hadn't lost when leading in the third period all season long. They were 7-0-0.

Tonight, they had a two-goal lead and let it slip away.

The good news was Chwedoruk extended his goal-scoring streak to six games, longest in the league this season, and Tomas Klempa scored, too.

But this was a game in which the Komets clearly let down. Coach Al Sims said he hopes that'll be a learning experience for his young players. However, to me, it's the veterans who are still playing too inconsistently.

  • The Komets' throwback jerseys are paying homage to the jerseys from 1959 to 1962. Click here to see what the originals looked like. Weird to have no orange in these ones, though.
  • Rick Varone, who has missed three games with a knee injury, was placed on injured reserve and won't be eligible to come off until Dec. 15.
  • General manager David Franke said he hasn't given up hope of getting Matt Syroczynski back from Norfolk of the higher-level American Hockey League. Syroczynski has four goals and six points in 17 games. But Franke also isn't planning on the return. He's pleased with the way the Komets have adapted without Syroczynski and joked that maybe he could just come back for the playoffs, at least, a la Justin Hodgman.
  • For tonight's three-star picks: First star, Quad City's Patrick Levesque; Second star, Fort Wayne's Justin Chwedoruk; Third star, Quad City goalie Kyle Jones.

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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