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Tailing the Komets

Bizarre first period

Wings led 2-0 before the Komets rallied on a goal by Leo Thomas. With 6:58 remaining in the period, the clock stopped for about a minute which came into play when David Hukalo stole the puck behind the Kalamazoo net and passed out front to Brad MacMillan who drilled a slap shot past Joel Martin as time expired. But the goal light never came on. The Wings did not protest, and replay showed the puck was on its way out by the time the green light came on to show time was expired.

My immediate reaction was that MacMillan had his arms raised by the time the horn went.

Thomas's goal really gave the Komets back their jump.

Referee Mike Hoberg is calling a completely different game than Ryan Carroll called on Friday night. There were six penatlties in the first 14 minutes. This is inconsistent with the way Game 5 was called, but it's also totally consistent with the way Hoberg called games all year.

Posted in: Komets


Sat, 04/25/2009 - 6:58pm

$5 says he calls everything but a penalty shot, too many men and a fight.

Sat, 04/25/2009 - 7:21pm

Blake I have a question for you...I have been watching the game on b2 tonight and I started to think about how we all seem to think that our talent level is superior to that of Kzoo. I am starting to believe that both clubs are really even in talent from the goal line out. Kzoo is playing with out their 2 best D-men and only have 5 healthy playing and we are really struggling to score goals. Martin is a big part of that, but his supporting cast has to be given credit. We all talk about how the K's have dominated play but the scores who indicate otherwise. With us being down 3 - 2 I think it really is going to be a very tall challenge to pull this one out tonight. I really don't think the K's need to risk a one game winner take all game vs this kzoo club.

Sat, 04/25/2009 - 7:50pm

9 different K's have registered a point so far tomight. Rammer made it to the finals

Sat, 04/25/2009 - 8:15pm

Congrats to the K's, but a lot of credit to kzoo and Nick Bootland and the effort that club put forth. I really thought it was a evenly match series and the play of Martin was great. Finally Huk gets a goal after he had been snake bitten..This Series with Muskegon will be crazy..Bouchard has been on fire. How is this series going to be format wise? The Coliseum is booked once again with the Freedom playing Friday night and St. Francis graduation Saturday at 2:00 PM. Can they get the ice ready for an 8:00 PM??

Sun, 04/26/2009 - 6:50am

Toe, I think you are DEAD wrong on the talent. If you had been at the games, this one in particular you would see the talent level on the Komets far surpasses that of the Wings. The Wings had a great goalie for two games but last night he was not on his game. Martin won the Wednesday night game for them. Otherwise the Wing team did not play. The Komets shut the Wings down last night and dominated especailly the third period. Friday should not have been as close but once again Martin saved the day for them.

Sun, 04/26/2009 - 7:23am

I am not trying to play down the talent level of the K's by no means. For a 6 team league to have the the top 4 teams be so evenly match is a tribute to the 4 organizations. I was at every home game in this series.

Sun, 04/26/2009 - 8:14am

I agree with ToeBlake. The parity of most of the teams in this league is amazing. Hopefully the other two teams will figure out what they are doing wrong and take corrective action.

Next year the whole season could be a dog fight.

Sun, 04/26/2009 - 8:29am

It was not evenly matched. The only person playing the last three games for the wings was their goalie. Their defense was terrible. Last night Martin finally had an average game and the Komets won. The first goal was given to the wings last night when Holberg game them a 5 on 3. These type of vapor calls kept them in the game.

Sun, 04/26/2009 - 5:47pm


To say that Martin was the only Wings playing well is not fair. They took it to the Komets in the first 20:00 of Game 6 and played fine during the second still. In the third period, when it became clear the Wings didn't have another gear, was then when the Komets got in control.

Get real though. I was there last night in Kalamazoo. The Komets should consider it a miracle it was tied after 1 period, and if the Wings hadn't been blowing nearly every shot over the crossbar in the first period it could have easily ended 4-0 instead of 2-2 witht hat weird goal with :00 on the clock that I still don't know what to make of.

The Komets had the deeper team, no doubt. Bootland didn't build the Wings as a team deep with talent -- he built them to be a hard-working team. The Wings have one real scoring line, and that's about it. The Komets clearly go deeper than that.

But it's stupid to sit there though and say the Komets were far superior. If they really were, then why'd they have to go to Game 6 and even then come from behind to even get Game 6?

Blake Sebring
Sun, 04/26/2009 - 6:37pm

Totally agree. It was a great series. The Wings are a perfect example of playing together as a team, especially when they follow a great gameplan. Both teams deserve congratulations and respect.

Mon, 04/27/2009 - 6:34am

Let's face it the Wings had no defense except for Martin. A playoff caliber (sp) should not allow 50-plus shots a game. The only reason KZoo was in the game on Saturday night was because Hoberg gave them a 5 on 3 very early. The third period was never in doubt. The only game I did not attend was Wednesday night and one of the players told me it was the Komets against Martin because he was the only one plalying. That's why the Komets were not worried about their chances after that loss. No team is going to win every game but the Kwings are not the fury/jacks and I think the Komets will be facing a much tougher opponent on Thursday night.

Mon, 04/27/2009 - 11:02am

LGKomets -

Again, the stats don't bear out your argument though. The Komets only managed 7 more shots than the K-Wings in Game 6, and considering the Wings blew like 10 over the crossbar in the first period 25 min. or so alone, it could have been much closer still.

Or let's put it this way -- despite getting 7 PP's, the Komets still only managed 32 Shots on Martin. That's not a huge amount or anything. Now obviously, Kalamazoo was just as bad on the PP, but that's not the point. The point is it wasn't like the Komets outshot their opponent by that much. And considering how depleted the K-WIngs defense was...

RE: the 5-on-3... it was a 5-on-3 because it was deserved. I don't know why you're whining constantly about it. The Komets weren't in control of themselves in the first 20:00. That actually set the tone for the rest of the game to have everything and the kitchen sink called both ways.

Instead of making excuses, Komet fans should be asking their team "How can you get outworked like that?" (as in the first half of the game). The 'Jacks won't give the Komets the chances the Wings did and will bury their chances they get. If the Komets don't learn from the series, I predict it will be a very short Turner Cup final for them...

Blake Sebring
Mon, 04/27/2009 - 11:26am

It's the playoffs, both teams are desperate, but you are correct on the 5-on-3. Anyone who saw the Komets crawl toward the bus knows how much they put into this series.