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The fights, drama of K's loss

The Komets lost 3-2 to the Kalamazoo Wings in overtime on Feb. 7, 2014. Check out the two fights and the rest of the drama.

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Kalamazoo's Chris Lawrence, left, takes a fist to the side of his head from the Komets' Shawn Sydlowski during the second period of Friday's game at Memorial Coliseum.

To blame or not to blame?

The Komets sure had some harsh words for the officiating crew of referee Stephen Reneau and linesmen Patrick Richardson and Jim Scarpace tonight.

Here's what they said ...

"Hopefully (Reneau) knows he decided the game. And if he doesn't, he has to shake his head and wake up. That was unacceptable. There were missed calls over the ice and, especially, with 13 seconds left, he just decided not to look and that's what happens," said defenseman Jordon Southorn, who had both of Fort Wayne's goals in the 3-2 loss to Kalamazoo.

"It cost us a point and I don't think anyone here is happy about it."

Tack that on to what coach Gary Graham said: Click here.

They are correct on these things.

But, to me, this was another game in which the Komets couldn't put an opposing team away.

(Click here to see Chad Ryan's photos from the game.)

They have outscored opponents 46-31 in the first periods of games this season. In the second, they've been outscored 41-37. And in the third? They've been outscored 50-40.

And take a look at the video highlights above. Look at the defense on the winning goal, which is about 2 minutes into the video.

I made a separate video with the controversial faceoff: Click here.

It bears mentioning, the Komets are on a 4-1-2 surge. But was there anyone in the building not waiting for something like this to happen tonight with Fort Wayne up one goal in the third? The Komets need to develop a killer instinct.

By the way, I would be surprised if captain Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock isn't suspended one game by the ECHL for arguing the game-tying goal and, more to the point, for coming back on to the ice after the game to argue some more without his jersey on. A misconduct after time expires for abuse of officials never looks good to the home office.

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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