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K's getting handled

After two periods at Memorial Coliseum, the Komets are down 3-1 to the Kalamazoo Wings.

Kalamazoo opened the scoring 3:04 into the first period when right wing Chris Lawrence sent a wrist shot from the top of the left circle into the top of the net. After the Wings were scoreless in their first 27 power plays against the Komets this season, it was their fourth goal in seven opportunities with the man-advantage.

The Wings had a goal waved off by referee Pierre Lambert midway through the first period because it was batted in by a high stick by center Justin Taylor.

A rocketing shot from 50 feet out by left wing Yannick Veilleux gave Kalamazoo a 2-0 lead at 11:50 of the second period, after the Komets were stonewalled by goaltender Jordan Binnington on myriad chances from close range.

The Komets solved Binnington at 13:43, though, at the end of an odd-man rush when defenseman Simon Danis-Pepin hit the right goalpost and then swatted his own rebound into the net.

The Komets weren't as fortunate on another odd-man rush at 18:40, when forward Brandon Marino had a shot crouched on by Binnington. Seconds after the ensuing faceoff, Kalamazoo forward Nick Sirota skated in one-on-one against Jordon Southorn, smacked the puck out of the defenseman's hands and then slipped a backhand shot underneath goalie Ben Meisner for a 3-1 lead.

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