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Komets fall to IceMen; Sunday's game postponed

Jeremy Langlois' second goal of the game, 2:39 into overtime, gave the Evansville IceMen a 2-1 victory over the Komets at Memorial Coliseum tonight.

The goal came on a power play after referee Brett Sheva called Jace Coyle for cross-checking in his own zone. Coyle hit Nathan Moon lightly with his stick and Moon fell.

"Terrible call, a terrible call," Fort Wayne coach Gary Graham said. "What a way to ruin a game between two teams that are battling for points. He put his whistle away a long time ago in the third period and multiple times, multiple times, it was evident that was what was going on and it was a terrible call.

"Make sure that everyone knows Jace Coyle shouldn't hang his head. That game was not on you."

Because of the impending inclement weather, the game Sunday between the Komets and Kalamazoo Wings at Memorial Coliseum has been postponed.

It will be made up Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Coliseum. All tickets for today's game will be honored Wednesday, when former Fort Wayne star Colin Chaulk makes his return to the Coliseum as a Wings assistant coach.

It's the first Komets home game postponed since 2008, when Flint couldn't make it because of dangerous road conditions.

It's only the fourth home postponement since 1999, when inclement weather derailed a game against Kalamazoo. In 2002, a fractured Freon pipe below the ice caused a game to be postponed, after the Komets played a game with the defect causing poor ice conditions.

Evansville opened the scoring Saturday during a power play, when Langlois scored at the end of a 2-on-1 rush.

Coyle answered at 15:00 with a shot from the blue line that sailed through a crowd of players and past goalie Allen York.

In the scoreless second period, there were myriad great saves, the best made by Fort Wayne's Andrey Makarov, who gloved a Tom Zanoski shot during an odd-man rush at 10:17.

At 17:00, Makarov was caught out of the net and Tristan King attempted to slide the puck into the open net, but forward Mike Embach stopped its path to keep it tied at 1.

Notes: The Komets are still working on trading Mike Vaskivuo, who left the team Dec. 26 in hopes of going to a new club. "We've got a couple irons in the fire with him and I think something will happen early (this) week," Komets general manager David Franke said. … Former Komets star Brett Smith attended the game. He plays for Brampton of the CHL but has been out six weeks with aggravation of a neck injury, which he first suffered with Fort Wayne in the 2012 playoffs. … Komets goalie Ben Meisner missed a second game on bereavement leave. Larkin Saalfrank was the backup to Andrey Makarov.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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