Despite playing well for the first two periods, the Fort Wayne Komets fell apart in the third period on Sunday and lost to Toledo 6-3.
Here are some of the keys to victory.
1. They didn't protect the puck in their own zone.
Three of Toledo's goals were the direct result of turnovers, including the game-winning goal by former Komet Stephon Thorne.
2. They couldn't score.
The Komets couldn't finish on glorious chances during the first two periods or this game would have been out-of-reach going into the third period. Kaleigh Schrock missed the net on a 2-on-0 breakaway, Eric Giosa missed a wide-open side on a rebound and Matt Syroczynski was unable to score on a wraparound.
3. No power play presence at all
Referee Don Jablonski ignored several potential penalties on both teams. Toledo had two power-play chances, and the Komets scored their third goal on a delayed penalty.
4. They were cheating offensively
Once Toledo took the lead, the Komets got caught a couple of times cheating up ice to try to produce some offense, leading to odd-man rushes for the Walleye.
5. The Komets are just in a slump
They've lost five games in a row for the first time this season, and right now seem to be lacking belief that they can score or win games.