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Komets fall at Dayton

This is not the way the Komets wanted to go into this weekend’s back-to-back showdown with Evansville.

The Dayton Gems scored three goals on five shots in the second period and went on to down the Komets 4-3 Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. Matthew Larke scored twice and Damian Surma once in the second on Gerry Festa, who manned the Komets nets as Nick Boucher sat out the game with an illness.

The three-goal burst gave the Gems a 4-0 lead with less than five minutes to play in the second period, and set up a Komets’ comeback that just fell short.

Jamie Milam got it started with a power play goal at 18:33 of the second. Stephon Thorne scored at 12:19 of the third and Jean-Michel Rizk at 13:35, but the Komets couldn’t get the equalizer despite outshooting Dayton 17-9 in the third period and 35-27 for the game.

Brandon Naurato gave the Gems a 1-0 lead after a period with a goal at 7:46 of the first.

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