The good news is that the Fort Wayne Komets have gone 12 games and lost only once in regulation. The bad news is that they've only picked up one point in five of those games, losing in overtime or shootouts.
The Komets failed again to score in a shootout on Wednesday night, falling to the Muskegon Lumberjacks 4-3. The Lumberjacks pulled one point ahead of the Komets for second place in the International Hockey League. Port Huron is in first with 59 points followed by Musekgon with 58, Fort Wayne with 57 and Kalamazoo with 56.
Komets goaltender Nick Boucher made 43 during Wednesday game and stopped two of the three Muskegon players in the shootout, but his team lost a two-goal lead to the Lumberjacks for the second game in a row. This time the Komets led 3-1 in the second period on goals by P.C. Drouin, Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn and Guy Dupuis.
Muskegon's No. 1-ranked power play against did the damage as Billy Collins and Todd Robinson scored with the extra attacker to tie the game. Boucher stopped 20 of 21 shots in the third period. Robinson was the only player to score in the shootout.
The Komets are now 1-7 in shootouts this season.
Fort Wayne played with 15 skaters, one below the norm, because defenseman Kevin Bertram sat out with an undisclosed injury.