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Evansville shutout throws Komets into slump

Fort Wayne has scored three goals in last three games

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 11:37 pm

The Fort Wayne Komets are officially in a slump.

The Komets continue to struggle scoring, notching 3 goals during a three-game losing streak that got stretched Saturday night with an 5-0 loss to Evansville before 9,424 Memorial Coliseum fans.

Fort Wayne fought off the IceMen five-on-five, but continued penalty problems created enough Evansville offensive chances to win the game. Nathan Moon scored just before a Komets' penalty ended in the first period, and Josh Beaulieu scored another with the man advantage in the second period.

Though the Komets led in shots 17-15 through two periods, the IceMen led the game 2-0. The Komets simply couldn't generate any offensive chances to test Evansville goaltender Paul Karpowich. Forward Josh Brittain might have had Fort Wayne's best scoring chance on the first shot of the game, but the puck hit the far post and then slid across the crease riding the goal line.

The specialty team woes continued in the third period as the IceMen scored another power-play goal and added a pair of short-handed goals.

``We worked on the power play all week this week and we worked on penalty killing, maybe we should have just left it alone,'' Komets coach Al Sims said. ``Three power-play goals against us and two short-handers. Five-on-three we couldn't even generate a shot on net. It's something we worked on. The answers are in the locker room. I really don't have an answer for you.''

Special teams continue to be a big problem as the Komets have been held scoreless in their last 18 power-play chances and have allowed eight power-play goals over their last four games in 24 chances.

The loss pushes the Komets' record to 7-5-1 but they are 4-1-1 on the road compared to 3-4 at home.

``We're not playing together, we're hesitating and we're not confident,'' Komets captain Colin Chaulk said. ``We're not working either, we're not competing. We just have to get back to our game, using the weakside of the ice, chipping the puck and having long offensive zone possessions. When we don't play that, we're not a very good team. That's the way we're built and that's the way we've always been built the last 10-12 years.''

The Komets are off until Thursday when they host Kalamazoo in their annual Thanksgiving game at 7:30 p.m.

``It was a frustrating game for us and an embarrassing loss, obviously,'' Sims said.