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Trenton beats Fort Wayne 5-2

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 12:01 am

So far, the Fort Wayne Komets' season has been exactly like Saturday night's game.

The Komets came out flying against the Trenton Titans, blasting shot after shot on goaltender Scott Wedgewood. Almost every hustling Fort Wayne forward had a scoring chance, but the puck just trickled wide, a rebound was an inch away or Wedgewood somehow flung out a limb to deflect a shot at the last second. Trenton didn't play the first five minutes as much as survive them.

And then in the second period the Komets fell apart, giving up four goals, including two on power plays and one on a short-handed chance.

Fort Wayne lost 5-2 before 7,329 Memorial Coliseum fans to fall to 6-7 at home this season heading into the Christmas break.

After starting the season 7-2-1, the team's best start in their 10 years under coach Al Sims, the Komets have gone 7-10-1 since.

``In the second period the game kind of slipped away from us, especially with the short-handed goal,'' Sims said. ``That really hurt.''

Trenton's Jacob Drewiske beat defensemen Daniel Maggio and Ryan Hegarty down the ice to score on Charlie Effinger. That strung, but the penalties the Komets took killed them.

Tyler Butler got surprised by the speed of a Titan forward skating wide and had to take a hook. Brandon Marino took a slash at center ice when a Titan wasn't anywhere near a scoring opportunity. Thomas Beauregard ran over Wedgewood for a goaltender interference call. Maggio was called for retaliating against a Titan who crashed into the boards with partner Brent Henley.

There maybe should have been a call on that play, but referee Andy Thackaberry saw the obvious foul by Maggio.

``You can't say enough about it,'' Sims said. ``The second period changed the game, and we took four minors. You're not going to kill them all off, especially 5-on-3. We put ourselves in a deep hole, and we have to learn from it.''

The only Komets goals came from Kaleigh Schrock early and Marino late off a nice pass from Josh Brittain.

Most of the Komets left for home and the Christmas holiday after the game and will return Wednedsay for a practice. Their next game is Thursday at home against Toledo.