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Silence is ... broken, for now

Well, that was more like it. A little.Final score from Memorial Coliseum tonight: Komets 3, Flint 2 in overtime. Leo Thomas scored two goals including the winner on a breakaway 2:02 into the extra seasson. Sean O'Connor put the puck right on his tape and Thomas strolled in alone on Flint goalie Rob Nolan, then beat him with a nifty deke.Two observations:

  • Despite the win, the struggles in the offensive end continue. Thomas' goal at 9:01 of the second period snapped a scoreless drought of almost 140 minutes for the Komets, and it's not hard to see why. Despite generating 71 shots in their last two games, they've scored just three goals primarily because they're not getting to the net often enough to exploit those shots. Even Sunday, too many opportunities went by the wayside because of passes that were just off or shots that came harmlessly from the circles.
  • In his postgame, Komets coach Al Sims blamed a lot of that on a lack of power-play opportunities lately. In a 3-0 loss at Dayton on Saturday, the Komets had just one power-play opportunity. Sunday, as referee Bob Langdon swallowed his whistle, they again had only one -- and scored on it just 12 seconds in. It was the only power play of the game as the high-stick on Jamie Schaafsma was the only penalty Langdon called the entire 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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