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Komets fall to Bloomington

Former Komets forward Travis Granbois scored twice, including the game-winning goal on a redirection in the third period, as the Bloomington Blaze defeated Fort Wayne 4-3 on Sunday night.

Komets coach Al Sims said his team was getting its "confidence back ... and the swagger back," after a 4-1 victory over Quad City on Friday. Since then, the Komets have lost two road games, including Saturday's 5-0 loss at Dayton, Ohio.

Fort Wayne (29-14-2) remains tied with Evansville atop the Turner Conference. But the Komets have lost nine of their last 18 games, including three in a row to the Blaze (17-24-5), the last-place team in the conference.

With his team trailing 2-0 midway through the second period, Komets captain Colin Chaulk scored to end a scoreless string of 112 minutes, 57 seconds.

Bloomington's Jason Dale made it 3-1 on a short-handed breakaway at 12:38 of the third period, but Fort Wayne's Jamie Lovell answered with a shot from just inside the blue line 31 seconds later.

After Granbois' second goal, defenseman Jamie Milam answered with a power-goal -- the Komets had pulled their goalie, too -- to finalize the scoring at 18:28.

Fort Wayne's Nick Boucher stopped 28 of 32 shots. Bloomington's Brian Mahoney-Wilson stopped 22 of 25.

The teams meet again Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

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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