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Fort Wayne is 0-1-2 after 4-2 loss in Evansville

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 9:34 pm

The Komets need some time for introspection.

After a 4-2 loss in Evansville on Sunday, the Komets are 0-1-2. heading into three games next weekend at Las Vegas. The last time they started the first three games of the season without a win was 1994-95 when they started 0-8-1.

``It's a lot between the ears for us right now,'' Komets coach Gary Graham said. ``We have to get mentally tougher and handle the waves of momentum that shift during the games. We all have to get better at it.

``We have to come together here and realize we have to play for 60 minutes and get more consistent. We can't have these great movements where we have these great high moments and then these low moments. We have to be more consistent so we can all depend on one another.''

For the second game in a row, the Komets rallied to score a goal to either take the lead or tie a tight game and then gave up a goal less than a minute later. On Sunday, it was the game-winning goal which was followed by an empty-net goal.

``It's an identity thing and we're trying to find our way through it,'' Graham said. ``There's room for improvement everywhere on this team right now. The No. 1 thing is consistency. We have to find a way through this.''

Evansville's Mike Clemente came into Sunday's game with a .50 goals against average and .978 save percentage. Clemente finished with 26 saves, including 13 in the first period when the Komets couldn't extend on a 1-0 lead after Mike Vaskivuo scored a power-play goal.

The Icemen came back to score twice in the second period before Mickey Lang scored a short-handed goal seven minutes into the third period to tie the game for the Komets. Only 23 seconds later Josh Beaulieu scored a power-play goal to give the Icemen the win.

``It's just something where we have to find a way of cashing in on some of these great scoring chances we're getting,'' Graham said. ``The goaltending in this league is tough to score on some of these guys, but we have to find a way of bearing down and taking every opportunity to score on these chances. It's frustrating. I thought their goaltender was very good tonight.''

Maybe Clemente's best save came in the final minute when he stopped the Komets' Chris Auger on a deflection in front.