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Power-play woes lead to K's loss

There's no doubt that Tulsa goaltender Ian Keserich played great. That breakaway save on Bobby Chaumont in the third period was divine.

But the Komets' 2-1 loss to the Oilers on Saturday, as far as I'm concerned, was more about Fort Wayne's woes on the power play.

They were 0 for 7, including one in the final two minutes after David Solway got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for spraying goalie Gerry Festa with ice. (Kudos to referee Patrick Myers for making the gutsy call, by the way.)

And the Komets gave up a short-handed goal to Marty Standish.

"(Our power play struggles) took away momentum from us, No. 1. And it cost us the winning goal, No. 2," Komets coach Al Sims said.

"The guys out there, including Frankie DeAngelis, Jamie Milam and Colin Chaulk, they have to take responsibility. They didn't get the job done tonight. They just ran at them. And they couldn't handle pressure. They're three of our best players and our most skilled players, and they've got to get the job done in that situation."

Keserich finished with 34 saves. Festa had 19.

Sims wasn't pleased with all the low shots. The only time Fort Wayne scored, DeAngelis went high.

"Frankie showed the way you've got to score against (Keserich); you've got to get it up high and under the crossbar," Sims said. "We didn't do that. Everything we shot was down low on him. That's where he had everything smothered."

Fort Wayne had the second-ranked power play in the CHL. Tulsa's penalty kill ranked eighth.

"With the guys we have out there, the firepower, it is frustrating (to struggle on the power play)," Komets center Leo Thomas said. "But things like that are going to happen. I think their goalie played pretty well, too, and their team does a good job of blocking shots."

Fort Wayne remains atop the Turner Conference -- one point up on idle Evansville -- but the Komets have lost 4 of 5 games.

Make sure you check out my video later tonight. I did some different things. You can even see me avoid a Brent Henley stick that made its way through the glass somehow.

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