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Sergei the Great oppresses Komets

I don't know what the Komets did to put the puck gods in a snit, but they sure paid for it tonight.

Flint beat 'em 3-2, scoring two of the goals including the winner on breakdowns in the Komets end. The Komets, meanwhile, put an astounding 56 shots on Flint goalie Sergei Zvyagin and couldn't break him. They basically spent the last 10 minutes in the Flint zone and couldn't get a puck by him.

Poster child for the night was Sean O'Connor, who cranked off the final shot of the game and ricocheted it off the crossbar as time ran out. O'Connor put 12 shots on goal -- more than Flint got as a team in two of the three periods -- but scored only on the roof job in the second period.

The good news was, the Komets played with incredible energy considering it was their fourth game in five nights. The bad news was, they didn't always play with incredible smarts, particularly in their own end. Matt Moffat scored the winner on a giveaway at the Komets blue line, and Dan Lapointe scored Flint's first goal when the Komets left Jamie Schaafsma uncovered to the right of Nick Boucher and he put a cross-slot pass on Lapointe's stick, who caught Boucher before he could get back over.

One more good thing: The Komets have three home games this week, including back-to-back dates against Muskegon and Port Huron. If they're going to not finish third, Komets coach Al Sims pointed out, this will be the week to make it happen.

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