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Komets lose 5-2

Tom Zanoski had a natural hat trick in the first period and the Evansville IceMen defeated the Komets 5-2 at the Ford Center on Saturday night.

Zanoski had his three consecutive goals, including one on a power play, in the first 10:13.

Fort Wayne's Mike Embach scored a short-handed goal at 19:57 of the first period, but Evansville's Mike Seidel answered on a power play at 4:13 of the second period for a 4-1 lead.

Embach scored again at 6:00, but former Komets forward Tristan King's power-play goal at 9:23 cemented the scoring.

Evansville (15-7-5) scored on 3 of 8 power plays. Fort Wayne was 0 for 3.

But a reinforcement is on the way for Fort Wayne (11-10-5).

Before the game, the Komets traded Mickey Lang to the Orlando Solar Bears for 26-year-old center David Rutherford, who had six goals and nine points in 21 games this season, and future considerations.

In 177 career ECHL games, Rutherford has 66 goals and 138 points. It was unknown when he will report to Fort Wayne.

Lang, who led the ECHL with 17 goals, and 2012 Playoff MVP Mike Vaskivuo left the Komets on Thursday in hopes of being traded.

The Komets have made six trades in the last seven weeks.

Today, the Komets play host to the Gwinnett Gladiators at Memorial Coliseum in the first meeting between the teams since their five-player trade Dec. 12 that brought Embach and Nathan Martine to Fort Wayne for Bobby Hughes, Rob Kwiet and Brett Lyon.

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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