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After the first period at Memorial Coliseum, the Komets and Cincinnati Cyclones are tied at 1.

Komets goaltender Ben Meisner hadn't played since March 19, when he left in the third period of a 5-4 loss to Orlando at the Coliseum because of an accelerated heartbeat and dizziness. In the five games since then, with Matt Grogan, Max Strang and Kevin Murdock manning the net, the Komets were 3-1-1.

Meisner came into today 11-5-2 with a 2.37 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage in 20 games for Fort Wayne.

He was sharp early, stopping the Cyclones' first four shots, but Meisner was hung out to dry on the first goal. Cincinnati's Byron Froese got a breakaway and lifted a backhand shot into the top of the net 9:51 into the first period. It was the 10th short-handed goal the Komets have allowed this season, more than everyone but Toledo (15) and Bakersfield (13).

Matt Carter tied it for the Komets at 14:11 with a shot from the right circle, just after a faceoff from that spot. He had missed the previous 10 games with a groin injury.

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