Three road games in as many nights, and the Komets lost them all.
A season that began with such high expectations -- the Komets were coming off three straight championships in the IHL -- already has Fort Wayne in the cellar of the 18-team Central Hockey League.
And it has them, potentially, en route to one of the worst seasons in franchise history.
The 2-1 loss Saturday at Independence, Mo., dropped Fort Wayne to 2-6-1. That's the Komets' worst start since 1994, when they were 0-8-1, the worst beginning to a season in the Komets' 59 seasons of play.
The game was tied at 1 before the Mavericks' Simon Watson skated out of the right corner unfettered and slipped a backhand shot between goaltender Nick Boucher and the left post at 2:29 of the third period.
Boucher stopped 39 shots. Missouri's Rob Nolan, who lost to the Komets in the Turner Cup Finals with Flint last season, stopped 22 shots.
Fort Wayne's lone goal came from Brandon Naurato, while Missouri's Derek Pallardy also scored.
Fort Wayne has been outscored this season 27-13, with only three of their goals coming in even-strength situations.