KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The Komets' five-game winning streak was halted in rough fashion by the Kalamazoo Wings, who beat them 6-2 at Wings Stadium on Saturday night.
"Down 3-2, when your captain shoots it into his own net, I think it kind of tells you how tired we are," Fort Wayne coach Al Sims said. "I don't think Colin (Chaulk) could even see straight what he was doing or why he did that. But that was the game right there."
This was the Komets' fifth game in nine days. During the stretch, four games were on the road, and there weren't consecutive games played in the same city.
Adding to the problems were the injuries, which left them with only nine forwards for games this weekend. Out were goalie Marco Cousineau (groin), defenseman Ryan Hegarty (hand), and forwards Matt Kennedy (leg), Chris Auger (knee) and Eric Giosa, who the team is now saying has a stress fracture instead of a high ankle sprain.
The good news is that the Komets (7-3-1) can now get some rest; their next three games, Friday, Saturday and Nov. 22, are all at Memorial Coliseum.
"It's great that we only have two games (this) week. We're giving the guys a couple of days off. We need to recover and get some energy," Sims said.
Fort Wayne had come into the night 4-0-1 on the road, but it was clear early on that trend would be bucked by the Wings (7-5-0), who had lost 5-1 to South Carolina the night before.
Fort Wayne's goals came from Stephon Thorne and Matt Firman.
Prior to the game, Fort Wayne defenseman Colton Hayes was fined an undisclosed amount by the ECHL for a spearing incident in Friday's 5-2 victory over Evansville at the Coliseum. Hayes received a game misconduct for the act.
Neither that nor the loss dampened his mood; while on the "Kiss Cam" late in the game Saturday, he kissed a teammate on the cheek and got a roar from the crowd of 3,304, including about 300 Fort Wayne fans.