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Tailing the Komets

David Franke's response

``There is a rule about blind-side hits, and I think what they are doing is going by how the rule reads. I was there at the game and saw it happen. There was no penalty on it, but there is a rule regarding blindside hits and that's what they are working off of, especially with a player hurt. He did not deliberately hit him in the head, there's no elbow or no forearm. As their coach said, 10 years ago that would have been a clean hit, but now we have to be very concerned about the players' safety regarding concussions.”

``If you are going to give O'Connor a suspension, Reaney has to have a suspension too because he traveled a great distance. It was obvious they were targeting O.C. after the other hit, and then he (Reaney) took off from the far corner across the goal line and nailed him. Everybody in the building knew what the intent was. He hit him full force right into the glass and the boards.

“O.C. has a broken nose and he's kind of a little bit dizzy. He's not 100 percent healthy. If they are going to give him a suspension, they better give it to Reaney, too, or it's going to be open season. The new rules they have come up with to protect the players, if Reaney is not going to get a suspension they are not following the new rules. They are not doing what they said they wanted to do at the start of the year.”


The video of the play shows that O'Connor saw Reaney coming at the last second and turned into the boards so that he was hit from behind.


``Thank God he did because what would have happened if he had not seen him coming?'' Franke said. ``The intent was there to lay him out. He didn't have any way to protect himself and he got blasted.''




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Mon, 04/18/2011 - 6:40pm

Open season="lets goon it up" :)

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 6:56pm

I'm starting to think we might as well. All the Rush fans now think we're a thug team anyway despite all evidence to the contrary. There's no tomorrow if we don't win the next one, so why not?

Mike in Toronto
Mon, 04/18/2011 - 7:04pm

If they are going to call NHL rules there should be two referees on the ice. There is too much happening out there at this speed for one guy to see.
If David says the suspension is by the rules then he must be right when he says Reaney should be gone too.
All I can say is this is the kind of game I wish I was playing in back in the day.
I will be very surprised if this isn't the best game FW has played all year.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 7:28pm

Franke and Sims need to get on every form of media available to them and whine... Thats the only way that the CHL reacts.

Mr. Snufflupugus
Mon, 04/18/2011 - 7:31pm

Mike I couldn't agree with you more. The OHL can afford two officials at most games and (I believe) ALL playoff games.
The CHL is an affiliated league with the NHL. Why aren't the officials being trained in the two official system?

Blake Sebring
Mon, 04/18/2011 - 7:43pm

Holy crap! We've got JM and Snuff agreeing, Mike and Rob, Mightbite and Dan, Dogs and cats living together! Pretty soon Hit Somebody will respond on these topics calmly and thoughtfully! And Alan briefly! (No, that will never happen.) Run for your lives! The end is near!

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 7:49pm

Let's not get carried away Blake. :) Komets in 5!!!!

Mike in Toronto
Mon, 04/18/2011 - 8:10pm

I think they call it an epiphany, Blake. We have all disagreed on a number of subjects agreed on a few. But we are, at the end of the day, KOMET FANS.

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 9:10pm


I have been wanting a two referee system for several years now. The last time I mentioned it I was told it will likely never happen because of the costs involved.

I'm tempted to leave my Business Ethics class early to watch all of Game 3 on Wednesday.

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 04/18/2011 - 9:53pm

You're number one Blake!

I like what Franke said.

If they aren't going to suspend Reaney.....

It is officially open season on the ice.....

Sounds like a pretty KOOL pregame video ceremony. Hope the players are getting the message.

Open Season Fellas.

Old Time Hockey!!!

Let's Rush these Sissies right out of our building in the meat wagon.

Eye for an Eye!!!

It is time to Goon it Up!!!

Let's smoke em.

Let's make em feel us.

Come on Komets......

Punch Colt King In the Face!!!!

Punch Colt King In the Face!!!!

Punch Colt King In the Face!!!!

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 04/18/2011 - 9:56pm

Opening Faceoff....

Schrock, Cescon, Leo, Krug, Phillips

Let's put a hurting on them.

Make em look over their shoulder all night long.

Hit em.....Hit again.

Punch Colt King!!!!

Mon, 04/18/2011 - 10:13pm

Please Krug? The guy did nothing but take cheap shots and talk smack in Game 1 and 2. When Harvey went after him, he dropped to the ice in a fetal position. He reminded of that puss in AZ named Sellan

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 04/18/2011 - 10:27pm

Good....Krug can take cheapshots then.....thanks for the idea.

maybe Colt King and Reaney will know how it feels when he is boarding them from behind after skating 40 paces to run them through the boards. Or maybe he can hold onto Colt King and skate him 20 paces into the boards.

I say....

Punch Colt King!!!

Let's take off the gloves and Goon It Up!!!

Open Season Baby!!!

Let's make the Rush feel us!!!!

Hit em with prison rules hockey....Robin Bouchard Style.

Everyone hits.....Everyone finishes their checks.

Make em hurt.

Let's not hold back.

Take it to em.

Open Season.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 3:04am

I'm glad everyone is on board :)
I've been saying "goon it up" for years :)

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 4:54am

Remember...... Ice fans always thought thier team were a bunch of angels and did no wrong... Rockford fans always thought thier teams were a bunch of angels and did no wrong..... Rapid City fans seem to think all thier players are a bunch of angels and do no wrong....

Its amazing how much fans will overlook when thier team is good.....right Ft Wayne fans??? LOL

:) Seeya Wednesday!

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 5:40am

It kind of sounds like everyone wants to pack it in and just go out with a bang on Wednesday. We'll see what happens I guess. Gotta Realize!!!!

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 5:45am

I remeber Rockford fans pounding their chests all over the internet when they had the Komets on the ropes.... then they all went away after the comeback. I hope the Rapid City crew has the dignity to come back and congratulate us after they are eliminated on Sunday.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 5:57am

So, if Franke promised changes, who sits out if Mele plays? I say it has to be PC.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 6:18am

Vengence belongs only to God. I say we should just play good hockey!

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 6:47am

I can agree with that, JB. I'm not sure how you can be a team with no physical presence for three years as far as fighting is concerned, then talk tough after an incident and expect a team that is not constructed at all around fighting and overly physical play to do a complete 180. Play the way the team is designed and see what happens.

JM: I absolutely hope you're right, I just don't know how much we can really expect from this team. We've all seen how this roster performs once it gets in one of its funks. As someone else said at one point, how many times can you let yourself get down in a series and pull back out of it. You can only dodge the bullet so many times. Maybe some of our vets will realize this is their last go-around and will produce the magic again for one last harrah. I guess we'll know Wednesday.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 7:04am

Im going to make an effort to be positive. I think the Komets have the talent to make a series of this. If they can find the motivation, they'll prove me right.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 8:00am

Absolutely correct. Capitalize, bold, and increase the font to size 76 on the "If", but the motivation is truly the key.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 8:05am

Chaulk should take a slapshot into the Rapid City bench just like he did to Rockford when the K's were down 3-1 to the Ice Hogs. The K's won the last 3 games including a double overtime game 5 I think and overtime in game 7.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 8:07am

Talent is not a question with this team. When these guys make their minds over to play their best, they can beat anybody, anytime. You're right RK, motivation is the key. Chaulker needs to sits these boys down and lay it on the line for them. It's all or nothing at this point. They've been here before and they can do it again. Put it all out there. What have they got to lose? As Janice would say, one shift, one period, one game at a time! Now go get 'em boys! Go K's!!!

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 8:52am

Rapid City blog is reporting that the CHL set O'Connors Suspension at 3 games..and Reaney..got no games...

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 8:53am


Mirasty Fan
Tue, 04/19/2011 - 9:04am

The Komets have to play a guy short as long as O'Connor is suspended.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 9:10am


Tue, 04/19/2011 - 9:33am

What a joke...Reaney targets OC and tries to injure him and he gets 0 games but a clean shoulder hit gets 3?

The saddest part is not a single player on the Komets will so much as look at Reaney...Cescon, it's time you take the lead.

Tue, 04/19/2011 - 9:50am

How can everyone be so down on the team??? You don't think they can win two games at home???? They played RC very close Saturday night after looking bad Friday. They changed their style of play and looked much better. Now they will come home to a loud crowd (I don't care how small it is, the ones there will be loud!) and know that they have nothing to save for the next game. They will be flying to the puck, hitting everything in sight.

When they do win the next two games, who do you think all the pressure will be one in game five? It will be a flip of the coin to see who wants it more. I for one believe we can win three in a row. Who's with me????

If you think the season is over already...STAY HOME WEDNESDAY!!! STILL GOTTA BELIEVE!!! (size 84 font...)

(Sorry JR1, I'll put my pom-poms down after the season is done...LOL!)