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Komets lose 4-1 at Bloomington

The Komets were hoping to gain some momentum in the final week of the regular season.

But the week didn't start off well.

In the final road game of the Komets' first CHL regular season, they lost 4-1 at Bloomington, Ill., keeping Fort Wayne in a tie with Dayton for seventh place in the Turner Conference.

The Komets have lost five of their last seven games, including back-to-back games to the third-place PrairieThunder (36-20-6), which got goals from Karl Fournier, Jason Williams (power play), Travis Granbois and Garrett Klotz.

For tonight's game at Memorial Coliseum against Dayton, the Komets (29-27-7) will have the addition of defenseman Matt Krug, who was loaned to them by Chicago of the higher-level American Hockey League. To make room, though, the Komets had to waive defenseman Danko Mironovic, who had one assist in 24 games after helping Fort Wayne to two IHL championships.

The Komets' only goal at Bloomington came from Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock. Forward Sean O'Connor, back after missing six games with a wrist injury, had one shot and a minus-2 rating. Left wing P.C. Drouin was put on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Fort Wayne goaltender Kevin Reiter stopped 26 of 29 shots. Bloomington's Brad Phillips stopped 36 of 37.

The Komets, who trail Quad City by two points for sixth place, have four games five nights before the playoffs.

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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