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K's need fire late

Whew, is it just me, or was that one boring game?

Zzzzzzz.

The Komets lost 4-3 in an overtime shootout to the Evansville IceMen, in front of 7,072 fans at Memorial Coliseum.

The good news is that the Komets continue to at least be average, and that's saying something compared to a month ago. Over their last 10 games, the Komets are 5-1-4.

However, they really lack fire, particularly late in games. In games this season they've led or been tied heading into the third period, the Komets are 6-5-4.

Last season, when they won the championship of the International Hockey League, they were 28-5-1 in such games.

Were it not for a ghastly turnover by Evansville's Brian Bicek, which resulted in a P.C. Drouin goal late in the third period, the Komets probably wouldn't have even salvaged a point tonight.

Granted, the Komets were missing a lot of stars -- Mathieu Curadeau, Leo Thomas, Sean O'Connor, Brandon Warner, etc. -- but they need to just want it more, if you ask me.

It's the same old stuff, over and over again. One fairly high ranking member of the organization asked me a question tonight, and I couldn't give him the best answer.

He asked, "Of the guys who have been here most or all of the season, have any of them improved?"

I'm not entirely sure any of them have. What do you think?

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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