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Tailing the Komets

Boucher is GOW

The Central Hockey League announced today that Fort Wayne's Nick Boucher has been named the Oakley Central Hockey League Goaltender of the Week for the period ending January 9, 2011.   

In recognition of his achievement, Boucher will receive a special gift from Oakley.  To learn more about the wide range of Oakley products, visit www.oakley.com.     

Although he won just one of his two starts last week, no goaltender in the league was more impressive than Boucher who allowed just one goal in each of his two appearances.  The Leduc, Alberta native turned away 61 of 63 shots (.968 save percentage) earning three of a possible four points for his club.  On Saturday, Boucher made 40 saves in Dayton leading the Komets to a 2-1 win.  He came back less than 24 hours later and went nose-to-nose with Quad City's David Brown (Oakley CHL Goalie of the Week last week) taking a scoreless tie into overtime.  In the extra session, Boucher and the Komets were beat just 11 seconds into the OT.  Boucher stopped 21 of 22 shots in Sundays overtime loss. 

On the season, the 5-10, 175-pound goalie is 8-9-3 with a .905 save percentage but is 4-0-3 in his last seven decisions allowing just 15 goals during those games.

Posted in: Komets


No-Touch Icing
Tue, 01/11/2011 - 4:57pm

Good job. This guy stands on his head sometimes. It's fun watching him.

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 6:56pm

Congrats to Boucher....

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 7:09pm

The Komets waived Legault today.


Tue, 01/11/2011 - 7:34pm

And yet somehow, I'm not surprised in the least.

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 7:58pm

And you notice who got waived on Jan 7???? Coincidence??? I think not.

Hit Somebody!!!
Tue, 01/11/2011 - 8:04pm


Does this mean Mac is coming?

Does this mean more guys are getting cut soon.

Schrock, Leo , Warner all on IR....

plus Shaf skating with team.

And rumors floating about Chewy and Mac.....???

Who is going guys?

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 8:06pm

Remember they had to waive someone this week, with Schrock comeing back and the new guy getting signed. Doesnt me Mac is coming, but man i hope he is!

Hit Somebody!!!
Tue, 01/11/2011 - 8:12pm

If you look at salary cap...

Someone else would have to go here guys.

No way Legault=Schrock + Lapointe in money....lol

I say Patrosso is on thin ice.

Dave W
Tue, 01/11/2011 - 8:24pm

Its understandable that the rumor mill gets going Mac is someone I think we cannot afford his headcase. I do like his go for broke effort on the ice. But they need someone to help scoring punch, not a enforcer. The team in whole needs a swift kick in the pants by Chaulker then by Al this may get it rolling the right way. GO KOMETS!!

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 8:35pm

Yeah, who needs someone who can protect your star players...You say that now but wait for 1 game when the other team starts taking their shots and you will quickly change your tune about not needing an enforcer...except by then it could be too late when precious Colin Chaulk is on the IR.

I'm curious as to why you think Mac is a headcase tho

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 9:04pm

MacMillan has that "unknown" factor about him and that, IMO, is very valuable to any team.... It goes a long way to protecting your stars without having to fight (which we all know he's more than willing to do...lol)... What's that guy gonna do if I do this to Chaulk, Lardner, Schrock, etc...

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 9:17pm

Who's to assume that Colin doesn't want Mac back in FW to have his back? Mac ain't going to do it for the Franke's after the way they swept him under the rug in the offseason.

MacMillan is more than capable of playing a role that is sorely missing on this team. I'd bet a thousand dollars if Mac comes to FW the Dayton Gems all of the sudden aren't nearly as tough. (I can't believe I typed Gems and tough in the same sentence.)

Legault wasn't filling the enforcer role. MacMillan brings a piece that is missing. It's not the end of the puzzle, but it gets them closer.

Tue, 01/11/2011 - 10:01pm

Toughness isn't just about fighting. The club is missing a great checker that can play a regular shift and get nose dirty plus be able to drop gloves. Shrock is this mold but more than one player like that is needed. And it needs to happen on a consistant basis

Hit Somebody!!!
Tue, 01/11/2011 - 10:18pm

I wish that guys like Francis, Musselwhite, Patrosso, Apod (has done some), Curadeau, PC.....would just throw a few checks every period. If they threw...lets say 5 each a game, this team would be different than they are now, and they might make some breaks for themselves. When checks are thrown, the other team will force passes at times, make mistakes, cough the puck up, take dumb retaliation penalties, and look over their shoulders.

But our guys refuse to do it.

And Big Al doesn't make them.

It should be a team concept......not a one or 2 guys thing.


Tue, 01/11/2011 - 10:19pm

mac would come back but David hasnt talked to him yet but evensville has and they want him so does w thunder

Hit Somebody!!!
Tue, 01/11/2011 - 10:31pm

That would be great....Evansville.

They get him, and he would pound us to death.

We better make a deal for him just to keep him away from Evansville, or Dayton.

Mr snufflupugus
Tue, 01/11/2011 - 10:46pm

Doubtful. More than likely a few games in he will get suspended again.

Mike in Toronto
Tue, 01/11/2011 - 10:50pm

Have not commented in some time. This is a very interesting thread. Kind of a throwback to the old NHL where you needed someone to watch your back.
Again I plead mea culpa, no games live to date. But what I read, the officiating is tighter in this league. That should mean that "protection" isn't necessary. Probably a big "should".
Mac has been part of some Championships. So, Mac could be that "unknown" factor. If Brad can stay on the ice in the key situations he could contribute. Some bad penalties when the team is trying to climb out of this hole isn't going to help. So do you roll the dice?
Awhile ago we discussed the work ethic on the ice. When I read that there isn't much body checking in a "faster" league you have to question the commitment. It takes a lot out of the checker but it is the only way to slow down speedsters. Get in their grill early and often. Right on Hit. Let's have a good weekend Komets and fans.

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 5:33am

Look for us to get "GOONED"

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 7:30am

Good point Mike, How many fights have you seen in the last 10 games? How many were broken up before they began? Is it really worth bringing in a guy who is just coming off one of the most violent fights in the history of the CHL and putting him on your team for these non-existent fights? Just sayin'

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 8:15am

The Komets are soft. Let's not base our ideals of the CHL on what we see in the MC. Read some other box scores, watch games on CHLtv.com... You'll be suprised at how good the product is when you aren't watching a last place team.

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 10:07am

Excellent point, JM.

Mr snufflupugus
Wed, 01/12/2011 - 10:53am

Random thoughts on an unhappy fan base....
Scenario #1
Komets come into the CHL and finish near the bottom. Fans scream "see we told you the IHL was a joke they bought a championship"
Scenario #2 Komets come into the CHL and finish in the middle. Fans scream "see the IHL was a joke. Can't win a championship in a league you don't own"
Scenario #3 Komets come into the CHL and win it all the first year. Fans scream "I'm sick of winning every year. It is time to move up to the AHL."
The hockey in this league is not bad. The hockey in the IHL was not bad. Different leagues, different styles and different teams.
The Komets as I said earlier can't score. And maybe this will drive Hit nuts but if you have played or coached sports you know it is very hard to teach "finish" Really it is something you have to have in you not really a skill.
Jordan knew how to finish when it counted. Mariano Rivera knows how to throw that dagger pitch in the clutch. All of the great scorers in hockey had that extra "it" that got the puck into the net on a regular basis.
Jay Cutler....oh nevermind
Point being this team is full of talented guys who right now don't seem to have "it". They have shown improvement. They aren't getting blown out much. Thanks to Boucher and an improved defense they are keeping games close. Now a few guys need to discover "it" and finish when they get chances because those chances are there.

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:07am

Is Legault really bashing people and challenging them to fights on his Facebook page? I don't have him as a friend or anything, so I don't think I'd be able to read his statuses, but I'm hoping he isn't that classless.

I know he didn't have the season he wanted to here and he heard it from the fans, but that's pretty shady. Hopefully it's just a rumor and is not the real case. I never minded Legault, but it just didn't work out this year. Again, hopefully this is all misinformation. Has anyone seen one way or the other?

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:12am

Agree on the "It" factor ... just about out of ideas really on what could help this team

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:44am

Someone posted a status and asked why the Komets love to screw Legault which started a discussion that turned into a lets bash Legault thread...( he cant fight, he looks like he's in slow motion, he cant check, etc. etc.) He chimed in and dropped the retard bomb and said lets meet and I will show you how bad of a fighter I am. No takers so far...lmao

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:45am

By the way his comments have since been removed from the discussion.

Hit Somebody!!!
Wed, 01/12/2011 - 11:53am


1) I played sports at a high level. 2 sport athelete majority of my life. Both played beyond High School. At one point in my life I was juggling 4 sports. I decided to narrow it down to 2 to fine tune my skills in those sports. This isn't about me however.

2) I coached both sports at low and somewhat high levels and I am still coaching today.

3) I still don't think that people need to be talked down to if they did or didn't play sports. Not everyone is blessed with the same opportunities. Doesn't make the fan any less of an expert or student of the game.

4) You talk about this team finishing? What if they don't start? That is the problem alot of games.

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 12:02pm

As far as Legs challenging fans to a fight, he's shown more than enough examples over the years that he can't fight, Legs embarrassing himself yet again isn't needed.

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 12:11pm

Legault challenging someone to a fight is like Dick Cheney challenging someone to a duck hunt.