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Cyclones twist around Komets

Some nice goals, and great saves, dominate this video from the Cincinnati Cyclones' 5-2 victory over the Komets on April 5, 2014, at Memorial Coliseum. Cincinnati clinched a playoff spot with the victory. By Justin A. Cohn/The Journal Gazette

Recapping loss, Martine

The Komets' Shawn Szydlowski summed up the 5-2 loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones pretty well by saying: "We didn't come out with the game we wanted to play at all. Not enough intensity and really sloppy. That's not the way we want to play right now with the playoffs right around the corner. We all know that. I don't think anyone in here is happy with how we played tonight. We've got to find a way to put it past us and just be ready."

The Komets take on the Toledo Walleye on Sunday.

Make sure you check out the video highlights above -- some good shots of some goals, and some nice saves -- and click here to see Sam Hoffman's photos from the games.

I've had a lot of fans ask me today about why defenseman Nathan Martine was released and why he was so upset about how it went down, a story that got around Memorial Coliseum today.

I can't get into all the details. But in short, they had to make some tough decisions because of the numbers, thanks to the return of Matt Carter and Jason Dale from injuries. Also, apparently, the Komets thought they could get better play from elsewhere, hence the import of former Providence player Steven Shamanski. (Personally, Martine wouldn't have been my first choice to go.) I did track down Martine and he declined to go into it for the record, other than to say he was upset because he knew Friday a player was coming, he took part in the morning skate Saturday and was released via a phone call after he left the building.

Breakups are never easy, that's for sure.

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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