The chances of a winning season may be starting to slip away from the Fort Wayne Komets.
For the second game in a row, the Komets came out flat and got flattened in the first period. After giving up six goals early in Wednesday's 8-2 loss to Reading, this time the Elmira Jackals scored five goals on their first 16 shots on their way to a 5-2 win over the Komets in Elmira, N.Y. on Friday night.
The teams meet in a rematch tonight. With the Komets being eliminated from playoff contention, there are four games remaining in the regular season.
The Komets, 32-33-3, gave up two goals in 20 seconds early in the first period and another two goals in 1:08 halfway through the period. After facing 19 shots in the first period, goaltender Jeff Deslauriers was replaced by Charlie Effinger to start the second period, and Effinger stopped Elmira's final 18 shots of the game.
Matt Syroczynski scored Fort Wayne's first goal of the game during the second period off assists from Brandon Marino and J.P. Labardo, and Matt Firman scored in the third period off assists from Mathieu Gagnon and J.M. Rizk.
Rizk was released from his tryout contract earlier in the day with Norfolk of the American Hockey League and made it to Elmira in time to start at center for the Komets. The Komets were playing without center Brett Smith who has a concussion and defenseman Nick Schaus who has a lower-body injury.
The Komets finish up the regular season next weeks with games at home Wednesday against Toledo, at Kalamazoo on Friday and at home on March 30 against Kalamazoo.