For a time Saturday night, the Komets looked better.
But they quickly fell into old habits, taking bad penalties and coughing up a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to the Dayton Gems, in front of 7,131 fans at Memorial Coliseum.
It was the Komets seventh straight loss, the worst spell by anyone in the 18-team Central Hockey League this season, dropping their league-worst record to 5-15-1.
Weve got to sit down look at the situation, and decide what were going to do, said Komets coach Al Sims, as his players held a closed-door meeting in the locker room.
Were not disappointed in the effort. The last four games, weve had good efforts. But we continue this parade to the penalty box and weve talked about it. Ownership has talked about it with the players and told them how they feel, and they continue to do it. So youll have to wait and see (what we do).
Komets right wing Sean OConnor scored short-handed at 9:03 of the first period. He poked the puck away from Gems defenseman Nick Canzanello, then won a race for the puck before tucking a backhand shot underneath goaltender Jeff Jakaitis, who made 31 saves.
Fort Wayne took a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal at 3:20 of the second period. Left wing P.C. Drouins cross-ice pass set up center Leo Thomas for a wrist shot into the top of the net.
Former Fort Wayne player Brandon Naurato scored a power-play goal off a rebound at 10:03, in his first game with the Gems.
Naurato assisted on Dayton forward Brett Lutes game-tying goal at 3:59 of the third period, which came at the end of a 2-on-1 rush.
Fort Wayne is 4-5-1 when leading or tied after two periods, after going 47-9-3 in such scenarios last season. Fort Wayne has been outscored 21-14 in the third periods.
After Komets defenseman Brandon Warner got a high-sticking major, and a game misconduct, the Gems were set up for forward Matthew Larkes power-play goal and a 3-2 lead at 12:17 of the third period.
We had done a good job killing penalties up to that point, Sims said, but there comes a certain point where, with a one-goal lead, youve got to be responsible and take care of business and not be taking (those types) of penalties. Its just inexcusable and ended up costing our team a good effort.
The Komets, the third-most penalized team in the CHL, have allowed opponents six power-play goals on 18 opportunities in the last two games.