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Komets not glad to see Gwinnett

Check out the highlights -- including the almost-from-center-ice goal -- of the Komets 3-2 loss to Gwinnett on Dec. 29, 2013.

Recap, video of K's loss

Back at .500 again, that's where the Komets are after a 3-2 loss to the Gwinnett Gladiators.

(Check out the video above and click here to see photos from the game.)

"There are a lot of guys in there that are giving a lot right now," said coach Gary Graham, whose Komets are 11-11-5 in his first season. "The last couple of nights, we've been going with eight (defensemen) and eight forwards in the lineup. There are a lot of guys that are doing good things for this team.

"But at the end of the day, it's about putting up wins. … Everybody has to reflect on this day off (Monday) about what they can do to help this team push forward."

Much of it is about a lack of offense.

"We only scored two goals, even though we had (so many) chances, and we just can't bury them," said Brandon Marino, whose Komets came into the day ranked ninth among the ECHL's 22 teams with 3.00 goals per game. "Some games, you're going to have those (nights where it's hard to score), but it's too much, too often right now. We've got to find a way to put the puck in the back of the net when we have our chances."

Gwinnett's offense was ranked 21st with 2.41 per game.

"We're losing games right now. We can't keep getting two or three games above .500 and then losing two or three and getting right back where we started," Marino said. "Being .500 doesn't make the playoffs."

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