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Tailing the Komets

Chaulk: I'm playing Wednesday

We talked with Colin Chaulk after the game to do next week's video, and he said he'll be ready to play Wednesday night at home. He may not be ready to play a regular shift, but he's ready to go.

As for tonight's game, am I nuts, or did the Komets not play all that poorly defensively? Sure, Port Huron got 53 shots, but it seemed to me that most of them were from the points or the perimeter and the Komets did a pretty good job of clear

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Fri, 03/20/2009 - 9:34pm

You are nuts but I agree. NICK BOUCHER is the MVP, best goaltender in the league by far!

Fri, 03/20/2009 - 9:47pm

Nick was amazing considering how many shots he was pelted with. He's my vote for MVP. His play reminds me of his streak in last year's playoffs. That is good for us, but we have to help him and score. We can't allow that many shots and expect him to be Superman. Curadeau and Drouin disappointed me tonight. We need them to step up in a grinding game like this. WHY can't we win a freakin' shootout? Let's get the 4 remaining points this weekend. We have a ton of games coming. Tonight won't hurt that much. Go K's! Go Nick!

Blake Sebring
Fri, 03/20/2009 - 10:02pm

One thing I noticed today, after the fight, I expected the Komets and the crowd to be extra pumped, but I didn't sense that. I thought it was a pretty good fight, too. You could tell those two have a lot of respect for each other. Just didn't seem to be a whole lot of emotion in the whole place tonight for some reason.

Fri, 03/20/2009 - 10:11pm

I agree to Blake and the other thing you have got to bang PH's D-men those are big bodies and if you give them time to make the play they will. This is where I think you have to have Mac in the line-up also, I know he is suspended, but he plays with reckless abondon as does Max. We got out hit tonight. FW and PH are well coached hockey clubs but tonight and even the other night in PH we never had control of the hockey game. The 5 on 3 PP we have to score in that situation. I don't think we played bad tonight just couldn't get anything going..

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 4:54am

Good luck to Chaulk. It would be great to see him out there again, even if his ice time is limited at first.

Yu mean the fight 2 seconds in? Isn't that kind of "staged" fight the NHL would like to discourage? I'm not a fan of fights after opening face-offs, as I've mentioned before. Unless there is an obvious and justifiable reason leading up to them, they seem a bit out-of-context in my mind. Maybe that is why the crowd wasn't extra pumped afterwards. Or maybe it was just because many people hadn't taken their seats yet when it occurred.

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 4:56am

Curse you, Yugoslavia! Thanks to the abbreviation YU, my spell check didn't catch that. :S

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 5:54am

If legs would have DP'ed snowball it would have been over much sooner,

The video was inconclusive and I couldn't tell if it was staged.

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 8:33am

The fight was not "staged". It occurred right in front of me. You could see them talking before the face-off. They both knew that sooner or later they will have to go at it. They just decided to get it on sooner rather than later. Yes, they have respect for each other. Both guys were talking in the box. Not trash talk just respect. They will go again that is for sure.

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 9:31am

yipppe chaulkers back blake i saw you last night down at the locker rooom who is keith rodger hes wearing 19

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 10:38am

i would like to see what the scoring chance numbers looked like. It did look like they were taking some pretty long shots on goal last night and half of them didn't look worthy of a shot on goal.
By the way, is there a decent referee in this league? I figured since we haven't seen klusowski or whatever his name is that we would be in for a decent game but he was as bad as the other ones!!!!!

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 11:02am

All officiating complaints need to be sent on a daily(hourly if you can) basis to:

International Hockey League
Attn: Terrible officiating Department
117 W. 4th St.
Rochester, Michigan 48307
269-492-3432 phone
269-492-3435 fax

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 12:05pm

lol @ Burgee

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 12:34pm

We've had Klosowski MANY times over the years...he's not new...he's a vet. That said, he's easily one of the worst officials in the league. However, I thought he had a decent game last night.

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 1:22pm

Shorty called waaaaayyyyy toooooo many, with two teams like that, let 'em play. I will say he is not as bad as jim 'I want to be part of the game I don't care about the fans' hawthorne.

Sat, 03/21/2009 - 11:04pm

To be honest, I'm a little unclear on what they mean by "staged fights", but here is what the article on NHL.com said specificially, just for the record since I'm sure most of you are already fully aware of this:
Campbell confirmed that the League will propose a rule change to the Competition Committee regarding "staged" fights. The League wants a stiffer penalty for players who fight directly off a faceoff, which they determined that in most instances is a staged fight.

Instead of receiving the normal 5-minute major, the proposal is to tack on a 10-minute misconduct penalty to anybody who fights off a faceoff in hopes the stiffer result will begin to phase staged fights out of the game.

According to League data accumulated in early February, 21.6 percent of fights this season have come directly off the faceoff. That's a 30 percent increase in fights off faceoffs over the last eight years.

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 7:23am

I don't care about fighting in the game either way. After 35 years of hockey at different levels I personally believe that the NHL has ruined the game. I don't care for those old bench clearing brawls but you can't even have contact anymore as you will be in the box and mercy me don't touch a player with your stick. I use to call it the national hooking league...now it's the no hockey league! Just more rules to make it harder to play the game and for the on-ice officials to discipline it. Go K's

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 10:07am

I think the use of "staged" is a poor choice of words. Call it what you want, but in most cases it's meant set the tone for the game, gets the crowd fired up, and is sometimes a carry over from a past game. The fight was in front of me and you knew they were going to have a showdown even before the puck dropped. That's why they both started the game. I never want to see fighting removed or limited in the game at any level. It's always been a part of the game and aways should be. Hopefully the IHL won't follow the NHL's lead and penalize more for fighting. I think the NHL needs a little more emotion anyway. Afterall, it is hockey and not bowling or soccer! Forget about policing the fights and get some officials that can see and call a game correctly! The refs have sucked lately.

Blake Sebring
Sun, 03/22/2009 - 2:54pm

They planned to fight even before the puck was dropped. If that wasn't completely "staged" what is? Wendy is 100 percent right.

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 4:08pm

In this case the use of the word staged is not correct, I wouldn't use the word planned either, I never plan on dishing out a butt whoopin, they all have been pretty much spur of the moment, I do owe a couple a fellas a lesson or two and if I were to stumble upon them who knows what would happen, so would that then be staged?

Sun, 03/22/2009 - 11:11pm

Further down in that article, they defined "staged fights":
"The criteria has to be that the players are involved in the play," said Minnesota GM Doug Risebrough, who was part of the sub-group that discussed fighting in the game. "You can't have that whistle-drop thing, that's the stage fight."
I thought the IHL made the right move to permit more fighting and encourage more physical play, though it seems as if they have backed away from that a bit this season. It wouldn't bother me if fights off the opening puck drop did go the way of the dodo, but like I said, that's me. I just bring this up because if the NHL does go through with this rule change, will it trickle down to the IHL and other leagues?