TOLEDO – When the Komets look back at this game, they will see the missed opportunities.
But thats not really anything new these days for a team that has scored just seven goals over the last five games.
If you cant score goals, you cant win in this league, Fort Wayne coach Al Sims said, after a 6-3 loss to the Toledo Walleye on Sunday.
I said that last night, and Im saying it again tonight. We had a 2-on-0 breakaway and nothing. Are you kidding me? We didnt even get a shot on net. Its beyond anything Ive seen.
The Komets should have been up three goals heading into the third period at the Huntington Center, but instead they were tied at 2 with Toledo, which unleashed a flurry of three goals in the span of four shots to take control in front of 6,083 fans.
The Komets (26-26-2) have lost five in a row and seven of their last nine, dropping them to 10th place in the Eastern Conference.
They have 18 games remaining to make up four points and get into the eighth and final playoff spot.
The team is actively investigating trades in anticipation of the March 7 trade deadline.
Weve just got to work harder, said forward Matt Syroczynski, who along with Brett Smith and Brandon Marino scored for Fort Wayne. Thats the only thing I know that works, is that everybody has to work harder. Were getting the chances. Weve got to bury them.
In the first two periods, forward Eric Giosa missed a wide-open net, Syroczynski missed a wraparound with goaltender Jordan Pearce out of the net and forward Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock missed the net entirely on the aforementioned 2-on-0 rush.
We had a lot of chances, Syroczynski said. Weve got to get to practice Tuesday and practice scoring, practice defense and practice everything. Nothings working right now, so weve just got to work.
Toledo (29-18-6) got goals from Nino Musitelli, Kyle Rogers, Randy Rowe, Byron Froese, Cody Lampl and former Komet Stephon Thorne.
They get two or three chances in the third period and theyre in the net. Bang, bang, bang and its over, Sims said. All the hard work is not rewarded.
Pearce stopped 32 of 35 shots.
Fort Waynes Charlie Effinger stopped 23 of 28.
Referee Don Jablonski awarded only two power plays in the game – Toledo was 0 for 2 – though Marinos goal came with a delayed penalty and the goalie pulled
Notes: The Komets played without goaltender Marco Cousineau (groin), forwards Mike Hoban (shoulder) and John Dunbar (lower body), plus defensemen Brent Henley (healthy) and Scott Kishel (hand).