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Komets lose to Cincinnati

The Komets' first game against the Cincinnati Cyclones since 1997 in the original IHL ended badly -- the Komets lost 4-1, in front of an announced crowd of 5,260 at Memorial Coliseum.

The Komets opened the scoring 13 minutes, 39 seconds into the game, when center Jean-Michel Rizk’s pass from behind the Cincinnati net set up right wing Thomas Beauregard for a goal from 20 feet out. Beauregard played for the Cyclones from 2007 to 2009.

The Cyclones answered 43 seconds later, during a power play, when forward David Pacan whacked a rebound past goaltender Charlie Effinger, who played college hockey at Miami (Ohio), just outside of Cincinnati.

Forward John Shalla made it 2-1 during a 2-on-1 rush in the second period – again, it was off a rebound – as the Cyclones controlled the bulk of the play.

A Ryan Lasch turnover at his own blue line set up a tic-tac-toe passing play for the Cyclones, a goal for forward John McFarland and a 3-1 lead at 5:52 of the third period.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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