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K's avoid blowout, still lose

The Komets were on their way to another blowout loss, but things changed in the second and third periods and it was simply another loss, 5-2, to the Elmira Jackals in Elmira, N.Y.

On the heels of an 8-2 loss to Reading at Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, the Komets gave up the first five goals to the Jackals on Friday night.

(Click here to see the Mathieu Gagnon vs. Kevin Harvey fight.)

Former NHL goaltender Jeff Deslauriers was yanked after stopping 14 shots in the first period, and his replacement, Charlie Effinger, stopped all 18 he faced to close out the game.

Fort Wayne's Matt Syroczynski scored in the second period and Matt Firman scored in the third.

Center Jean-Michel Rizk, who was sent down by Norfolk of the American Hockey League before the game, tallied an assist. The Komets played without injured center Brett Smith and defenseman Nick Schaus.

Scoring for the Jackals were Steven Kaunisto, Kyle Bushee, Andrew Rowe, Matt Tassone and Chaz Johnson.

Goalie Maxime Clemont stopped 32 shots, as the Jackals won their third straight and improved to 37-23-7.

The Komets, who were eliminated from playoff contention this week for the first time since 2002, lost for the fifth time in the last eight games and fell to 32-34-3.

For the 37th time in 69 games this season, the Komets failed to score more than two goals.

The teams meet Saturday in Elmira.

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