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Goalies highlight K's loss

The Komets lost 5-1 to the Reading Royals at Memorial Coliseum. Dec. 20, 2013.

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Goalie Cody Reichard, who stopped this shot the hard way, was called up to the AHL after the game.

After loss, Reichard called up

Komets goaltender Cody Reichard was just called up to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League, Fort Wayne general manager David Franke said, after the 5-1 loss to the Reading Royals.

Iowa is the top minor-league affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, and last season Reichard played in the AHL with its affiliate in Houston.

Tonight, Reichard stopped 25 of 30 shots.

No word yet on who the replacement will be. I know Larkin Saalfrank can't be here today; he's in New York with Danville of the Federal Hockey League.

As for the Komets' game, check out the video above this post and here are pictures: Click here.

"I thought we came out pretty strong in the first period," said Komets forward Mike Vaskivuo, who finished the scoring 8:39 into the third period. "We really took it to them and had some chances. I thought we had a lot of chances tonight but we just couldn't bury them and I don't know what that was about. … They capitalized on a lot of their chances, really, and we have to tighten it up and come back hard tomorrow."

Did coach Gary Graham think about pulling Reichard on Friday? Nope.

"For the most part there in the second period, and the reason I didn't call a timeout, is I wanted to see these guys work through some adversity," Graham said. "It's something we need to learn, to start getting through those times. As a coach, you hope it doesn't happen a lot, but you want them to learn and grow through these times when it gets tough. We need guys stepping up and doing it on the ice with their actions. That's what we need."

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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