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Komets fall again to struggling Blaze

– Forward Travis Granbois scored twice, including the game-winner on a redirection, as the Bloomington Blaze defeated the visiting Komets 4-3 Sunday.

Fort Wayne (29-14-2) remains tied with Evansville atop the Turner Conference.

But the Komets have lost 9 of 18 games, including three in a row to the conference-worst Blaze (17-24-5).

With his team trailing 2-0 in the second period, Komets captain Colin Chaulk scored to end a scoreless string of 112 minutes, 57 seconds, including Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Dayton.

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 blue-line shot.

After Granbois’ second goal, defenseman Jamie Milam answered with a power-play goal.

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.