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Blaze burns Komets

A horrific 27 seconds killed the Komets' six-game winning streak Friday night.

The league-worst Bloomington Blaze got a goal at the end of a 2-on-1 rush from forward Vladimir Nikiforov at 14:44 of the third period and a breakaway goal from forward Jon Booras 27 seconds later for a 3-1 victory at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

The lone goal for the Komets (11-6-0) came from forward Jean-Michel Rizk, who has 10 goals and 13 points in the last 13 games.

Rizk had tied it at 1 at 10:25 of the second period.

Making just his second start for the Komets, goaltender Alex Kangas stopped 40 of 43 shots. Zane Kalemba stopped 35 of 36 for Bloomington (4-12-2).

The Komets play host to the Evansville IceMen at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Coliseum, then take on Dayton there at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Jordy Trottier, who was waived by the Komets during training camp, played his second game with the Blaze.

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