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KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The hightlight of the second period for the Komets was a short-handed breakaway goal by Matt Firman, his first in the professional ranks.

Beyond that, there wasn't much. Komets captain Colin Chaulk even put the puck into his own net -- top shelf -- while trying to clear it.

And Kalamazoo leads Fort Wayne 5-2, and it has outshot the Komets 27-19.

I'm surprised that coach Al Sims stuck with goalie Charlie Effinger, but right after giving up the last goal, on a long wrist shot, he stopped a 2-on-0 rush.

The Komets have won five straight games, though, so they are entitled an off night, I think.

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