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The days leading up to Friday were full of changes. Guy Dupuis was stripped of his captaincy, and P.C. Drouin of his alternate captaincy. Brandon Naurato was released. Derek Patrosso and Danko Mironovic returned from concussions.

But the result was the same for the Komets, who lost 5-1 to the Quad City Mallards at Moline, Ill.

It was the sixth straight loss for the Komets, whose Central Hockey League-worst record dropped to 5-14-1.

This, after the Komets won the last three IHL championships.

The only Fort Wayne goal was scored by center Mathieu Curadeau, who tied it at 1 on a first-period power play.

Aside from that, the Mallards rolled, led by their power play, which scored on 4 of 9 opportunities.

Fort Wayne's starting goaltender, Nick Boucher, was yanked for the second time in three games. He allowed three goals on 14 shots in the first period. His replacement, Kevin Reiter, stopped 20 of 22.

The Mallards (12-11-0) were led by forward Jake Riddle's two goals. Zac Pearson had three assists. Goalie Adam Russo stopped 32 of 33 shots.

Fort Wayne is 2-3-0 against Quad City this season.

Naurato's rights were claimed Friday by Dayton, which plays the Komets at Memorial Coliseum Saturday. It's unknown if he'll be in the lineup.

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