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Coverage of Game 2 loss

K's series tied heading to Fort Wayne

READING, Pa. -- Only nine goals have been scored in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series between the Komets and Reading Royals, which is tied at 1. Two of those goals were into empty nets.

But no one is surprised. After all, these are the playoffs, and defense usually wins.

"You can see it's just tight," said coach Gary Graham, whose Komets won the opener 2-1 on Thursday and lost 4-2 on Saturday, with the series now headed back to Memorial Coliseum for Thursday's Game 3.

"You look at their lineup over there with all the (American Hockey League) experience and offensive firepower, but it's still just tight and that's what the playoffs are. It's what's to be expected. There's good goaltending and the teams are defending well."

Click here to see today's story off the 4-2 loss in Game 2. Also, a video recap is there.

Click here to see the accompanying notebook.

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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