* OK, here's the last thing (you hope, ha, ha) I'll say about Anton Kharin. Just for curiousity sake, I looked up what he did against the Komets that year with Muskegon. Regular season 2GP 1 assist 3 shots, 0 pim, 0 plus/minus; Playoffs 5GP 1 goal, 2 PIM, minus-8, 16 shots. I don't care how you feel about plus-minus, minus-8 in 5 playoff games ought to tell you something. Komets scored 21 goals in the series, three on the power play. So for the 18 goals they scored at even-strength in the series, he was on the ice for eight of them. No other Lumberjack was worse than minus-6 and those were his two linemates.
* Pretty good practice today. Noticed Al Sims and Gary Graham doing a ton of teaching, making sure everyone understood systems and a great deal of talk about shooting the puck on net and hustling to get to the front of the net to deflect and get to rebounds.
* Komets are doing a poster to give away on Thanksgiving that will be similar in style and format to the Bruise Brothers poster, the last one they did in 2002.
* Guess who the best shootout player on the team is? Danko Mironovic, he of three goals in two years, was three-for-three today. He's scored the last five times I've seen him take a shootout shot. Birthday Bobby Phillips was two-for-three. It's also Kevin Reiter's birthday.
* I asked Komets coach Al Sims today about the forwards' confidence in shooting, especially when they have to go against Nick Boucher and Kevin Reiter in practice. ``Both of them are really good in practice so it's tough for our guys to score. If you score on one of them, you feel pretty good. We can't really tell Bouch or Rides to let guys score because then it affects them and their confidence, and we want them to be confident. I think it's good for us to try to beat those two because most of the teams have that No. 1 guy."