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K's lose for 8th time in 9 games

A goaltending battle between Fort Wayne's Nick Boucher and Dayton's Jeff Jakaitis featured end-to-end action and a 2-1 victory for the Gems in an overtime shootout.

Forward Ernie Stewart won the game in the eighth round of the shootout -- Fort Wayne's first of the season -- as the Gems outscored the Komets 4-3 in the duel of penalty shots.

Scoring for the Gems in the shootout were Stewart, Mike Vaskivuo, Matthew Larke and Erik Boisvert. The Komets got shootout tallies from Guy Dupuis, Derek Patrosso and Tab Lardner.

It was the Komets' eighth loss in nine games, dropping them to a Central Hockey League-worst 6-15-2 on the day they learned franchise great Colin Chaulk would be rejoining the team in time for Friday's game against the visiting Quad City Mallards.

Before then, the Komets play host to Dayton on Monday -- that'll be the fourth straight game between the teams -- and to Mississippi on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

Jakaitis stopped 31 of 32 shots, allowing only Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock to score in the second period. Boucher stopped 27 of 28, getting foiled by Brandon Naurato in the second period.

Naurato has three goals and four points in three games since the Komets released him, all of that coming against Fort Wayne.

Attendance at Hara Arena was announced at 1,379, as Fort Wayne-native Brian Gratz coached the Gems to their 14th victory in 25 games this season, his first with the team.

The Komets were 0 for 8 on power plays. The Gems were 1 for 9.

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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