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Epic goaltending steals the show

The Komets lost 2-1 to the Reading Royals in an overtime shootout. We've got the goals and, if you like great goaltending, this is worth your time.

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Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock tried to get to the puck during the 2-1 overtime shootout loss to Reading on Saturday night.

Let's break it down

I must say, the goaltending in the Komets' 2-1 shootout loss to defending-champion Reading was amazing.

Check out the video above if you don't believe me.

If Andrey Makarov can fix the one hitch in his game -- the rebounds he gives up -- he won't be here long.

"We got the point (in the standings) but we probably needed two tonight. We're relying too much on our goaltending. Marky made some big saves tonight and kept us in the game, but their goalie made some big saves, too," said Mickey Lang, who had Fort Wayne's regulation-time goal by skating from his own zone with the puck and putting a slap shot from the right circle into the bottom of the net 10:07 into the second period.

"We've got to take advantage of our 3-on-2 (rushes) and our 2-on-1s, and our power play is killing us right now. We're working on it but we can't seem to find an answer right now."

Wouldn't you like to get in the head of coaches, though, when they decide who to send out in shootouts? Jordon Southorn and Simon Danis-Pepin instead of Scott Fleming? The Komets are 0-4 in shootouts. Reading is 4-0.

Click here to see Chad Ryan's photos from the game. Hopefully none are from Fort Wayne's power plays, because those have been dreadful.

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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