It was a bad game for the K's
It was a lonely night to be a Komets goaltender.
Marco Cousineau was yanked after allowing three goals on seven shots.
Charlie Effinger allowed two on 20.
And the Komets lost 5-1 to the Kalamazoo Wings.
But the jerseys looked good
The Komets wore special jerseys, as part of the Pink the Rink campaign, which raises money for breast-cancer research.
It is in conjuction with the Vera Bradley Foundation.
The Komets will wear those jerseys Saturday, too, and they are being auctioned off silently.
Last year, this event raised about $15,000 for the fight against breast cancer.
And Syro returned
After nearly three years of retirement, Matt Syroczynski was back in the Fort Wayne lineup.
He threw some body checks and got positive reviews from coach Al Sims.
Syroczynski was the Playoff MVP in 2010, when the Komets won the IHL championship.
He did play one game before joining the Komets, with the Florida Everblades.
He's not yet in tip-top shape, but the Komets believe they saw the potential for good things again.
There was no Reiter
Kenny Reiter had been called up to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League before the game.
Cousineau had been slated to start, anyway, but Effinger was pressed into action unexpectedly.
In the photo on the right, he gets a pep talk from Brett Smith after entering the game.
Two shots later, he gave up a goal.
The Komets feel fortunate to have three goalies, making them able to endure a call-up. But that wasn't evident Friday night.
It was revenge time
The Komets had defeated the Wings 2-1 at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Wednesday night.
But the Wings exacted revenge by dropping the Komets to 10-13-0 at Memorial Coliseum, where they average more fans than any other team in the 23-team ECHL.
After the game, the Fort Wayne players held a closed-door meeting to discuss their troubles at home.
Also, general manager David Franke let his displeasure be known in the locker room.
K's offense stagnant
Much as the Komets tried to scheme some offense, they didn't produce many close-range shots.
They were without captain Colin Chaulk (foot) amd Mike Hoban (shoulder).
The Komets did get 36 shots on net, though, but it was mostly from the perimeter.
Martin was outstanding
When the Komets did get close to the net, Wings goaltender Joel Martin was ready.
He was foiled only once, by Thomas Beauregard in the third period, but over the last two games Martin has allowed only three goals to the Komets.
Tonight, the Komets take on the North Division-best Cincinnati Cyclones at the Coliseum.
They must be better
Sims said the Komets must stick to their game and get the puck into the offensive zone and keep it there, if they want to start having more success at the Coliseum.
The fans have been restless and deservedly so.
For more pictures -- by Michelle Davies -- click here.