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Komets lose game and hope for playoffs in 8-2 rout

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Reading crushed Fort Wayne with six-goal first period

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7:00 am

Remember in the movie ``Monty Python's The Meaning of Life'' when the students of an English prep school got pounded by playing rugby against the faculty? Those kids had a better chance than the Fort Wayne Komets had Wednesday night against the Reading Royals.

The Eastern Conference-leading Royals scored six goals on 10 shots -- in the first period! Along with Toledo's win over Evansville, Reading officially finished off the Komets' playoff chances during their first ECHL season. The Komets can play their final five games for fun.

The loss also guarantees the Komets will suffer their fifth losing home record in the franchise's 61-year history.

The Komets haven't given up six goals in a period since the 1999-2000 season, their first in the United Hockey League. The franchise record is seven in a period set three times, more recently in 1984.

``It's important to get off to a good start,'' Komets forward John Dunbar said. ``They did, and we didn't and they dictated the rest of the game from there.''

The much faster Royals beat the Komets to every loose puck, and there weren't many because Reading rarely gave up control. It was sometimes a major victory for the Komets to successfully and simply chip the puck out of their own defensive zone.

Reading's Nikita Kashirsky had four points after the second period and teammates Stan Galiev and Danick Paquette each had three and David Valloriani two. Nick Wheeler and Matt Firman scored the Fort Wayne goals.

``They are a good team,'' Wheeler said. ``Teams like that which consistently play well we have to come out ready and hard and we didn't do that. They beat us to every puck, and they were making tape-to-tape passes. We didn't come out the way we needed to against a team like that.''

The Komets play at Elmira on Friday and Saturday. Their next home game is Wednesday against Toledo.