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Where is the offense?

I know they are playing their fourth game in five nights, and therefore tired, but the Komets' offense is bordering on nonexistent.

Through two periods at Memorial Coliseum, they have only 13 shots on goal and are tied at 1 with the Kalamazoo Wings.

Brett Smith has the only Fort Wayne goal, which came on a 3-on-2 rush after a pass from Ryan Lasch. Kalamazoo's goal came from Stefan Schneider, after a lazy play by Fort Wayne to clear the puck behind its own net failed.

There was a fight late in the period, after Joe Charlebois elbowed Lasch. Smith stepped in to fight Charlebois and got an instigating penalty.

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