You can read Monday's column here.
OK, back to hockey.
What a terrific weekend for the Fort Wayne Komets. Friday, after squandering a two goal lead in the second period, I figured they were toast. A great comeback in the third against the, then, first place team on their ice was truly a confidence builder. Coming back home for Saturday, and giving up the first goal of the game just 44 seconds in, gave me pause as I figured Evansville would give it everything they had.
To me, it seemed like the defense was having trouble controlling the puck in their own end. I'm a little distressed by that and yet I was very impressed that no matter what, the Komets had an answer for everything.
Injuries are a part of hockey, that's for sure. But injuries caused by opposing players and their cheap shots cannot be accepted. Evansville has now taken out Rizk and Auger, in the last three games played between the two teams. Rich Kromm, and his Evansville Icemen, ( or Muskegon south), are going to have to be repaid. This isn't by accident. This is the style Kromm wants from his players ( remember Shafranov and the lynching at center ice).
Kromm wants to play a rough style. His philosophy must be "if you can't beat them on the scoreboard then beat them with illegal knees and elbows. Well, the Good Book, in the Old Testament, clearly states "a knee for a knee, and a concussion for a concussion". The Komets clearly have the type of players who can play Kromm's style, but Gens and Linden haven't paid the price, as yet. In my locker room I would place "wanted" posters with Gens and Linden's picture on them.
So Blake, please get back with us on the injuries to Rizk and Auger as soon as you can. I'm sure by now the komets have a good idea about Rizk. I'm also sure that the K's are following the correct protocol for Auger. The healing of a knee is much more predictable than a concussion...and that's what is scary about concussions.
I thought Bennefield's slap was hilarious and I couldn't disagree more with some of the comments on the other blog about it being embarrassing. You can tell that Bennefield is getting much more comfortable on the ice. He will break out soon and it will be very welcome, especially with the injuries being taken by forwards.
I'm not sure about Leo Thomas. Maybe his mind is on his baby arriving. I certainly could understand if it is. But, saying that, he better start looking over his shoulder because the "release man or trade man" may be coming.
Kinda sorry for the book, but not really.
I missed the game on Saturday. Can anyone direct me to video of the dirty hit on Auger? If a message needs to be sent, I know a guy named Legault that would love to make a weekend trip back to Fort Wayne to go hunting ;)
I couldn't agree more Alan. The your second post is spot on as well.
Tell you both the same thing I tell everybody else, ignore it. Someday they'll grow up, but Santa is not happy.
Jeremy, Pointstreak game live had the hit.
Blake, I understand why you have deleted my first message. Believe me, I tried hard to make it as neutral as I could but still contain the basic facts I wanted to point out. I know you got the message and that is good enough for me.