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Tailing the Komets

Disturbing trend

This weekend was an example of how the Komets will probably either win a first-round playoff series 4-0 or lose 4-0. They Komets have a horrible problem of playing to the  level of their opponent. For the last two-thirds of the season that's been OK because they've usually found ways to win. They played pretty even with Kalamazoo in the first period on Sunday but trailed 3-0 mostly because of some shakey goaltending. Kevin St. Pierre struggled mightily, while Kalamzoo's Joel Martin made some marvelous saves.

There are 15 games remaining in the regular season, and the Komets have to solve this trend. They are making this playoff push much harder on themselves by letting lesser teams hang around into the third period. Their penalty kill is also starting to struggle mightily, but that can improve in a hurry with improved play from St. Pierre.

Before the first period on Sunday, the Komets had out-shot their opponents in 11 consecutive periods. That added up to a total of 191 shots for the Komets against 80 for their opponents. The total score? 13 goals against and only 10 for. That has to improve in a hurry.

Posted in: Komets


Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 03/19/2006 - 5:10pm

What is our wonderful Sunday Home record now?

So how will everyone on here put a positive spin on that dreadful game tonight. Not only did we get our hats handed to us tonight by a more talented team, we had guys out there tonight who were asleep. The guys on the blue-line have way too many mental lapses. How many times do we have to get beat to the front of the night before they learn to start moving back? Frenchy was on the moon tonight. I wouldn't say that all of the goals in the first were totally his fault because our guys were not taking the body in front of or around the net at all. But how do you play the puck more than one time when it is going to be an icing? When there is a delayed penalty, he just stands there like he is lost.

K-zoo basically played hard in the 1st, and then put the game into cruise control while our guys played with no courage. One of our Veteran defenders should have been announced for an assist on the 4th goal.

This, I am afraid, was a preview of the playoffs. We have no shot at all. We can't match the physical or mental toughness of the other playoff teams, let alone the talent level.

Lastly, was there any one of you that can honestly say you were entertained tonight? That was absolutely and positively boring.

For those who will say, "well, we did get 4 points out of 6 this weekend." We had 50 shots last night and got 2 goals. We had to scratch and claw to win against Missouri? And got man-handled tonight. By the way, another huge injury. This team is in trouble.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 03/19/2006 - 5:17pm

Sorry, Net not night?

Sun, 03/19/2006 - 5:20pm

I agree with you Hit, it was boring no energy and nobody really step up tonight and what could be a 1st round playoff series against Kzoo. I am sorry but we do not match up at all against the big 4 from top to bottom period. Our talent level is not on par with the big 4 at all. I really do not care what "rookie" we sign that will not be the answer this is the hand we are dealt with and unless we have a "miracle on ice" story are stay in the playoffs will be short.

Sun, 03/19/2006 - 5:25pm

I'd agree I wasn't entertained tonight, but its just a game, in the grand scheme of things all this means very little.

I sit up with people who continually bash Frenchy. I'm frankly tired of it, and I let it be known last night. People really need to get off of him. He is the reason the Komets are where they are.

So tonight they didnt play well, good thing there is a tomorrow. I'm not gonna sell this team short, this team works hard on most nights, people need to relax and enjoy the hockey that we are given.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 03/19/2006 - 5:28pm

Here comes a big IF..............If we make the playoffs. Nothing is a guarantee with the way we are playing now. This will be a very unpopular comment, but, Show us some heart guys!!! None tonight. Glad we made no trades now, aren't we? How long will Hunter be out. Frawley and Whyte are definitely not the answer. Unless we pull someone out of our butt, we are done. Get your forks ready.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 03/19/2006 - 5:30pm

I'm not wanting to start anything with you at all Mark. But how could we enjoy any of that crap tonight? I'm not trying to nail Frenchy either, but you have to question where is head was tonight, with about 16 other guy's heads too.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 03/19/2006 - 5:49pm

Danbury......uh, they were cheating after all? Did everyone see the news over on Cohn's site. The FBI is investigating them. Go figure. None of us saw that one coming did we....ha. No way, Danbury Trashers cheating? Remember everyone wondering how the heck they were pulling off these major deals with bigger-time players? Let me think....DAB?....Campbell?......Mr. Sellars? No they wouldn't cheat. People said they were allowed to go over the salary cap, right? They just had to pay their luxury taxes. So what if they all are garbage men on the side getting paid 100,000 or 200,000 dollars with no tax money being taken out. What's the big deal. Right?

Way to go Mr. Brosal. Plead ignorance!!!! It should work.

Sun, 03/19/2006 - 5:56pm

Hit Somebody, would you like your own blog? LOL

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 03/19/2006 - 6:01pm

No. Yours is great. Just had some things to say as I was gone for a couple of days.

Sun, 03/19/2006 - 6:12pm

First of all-Congratulations and good luck to Ted Wright on his retirement. I'm sure most of today's fans have no idea who Ted is, but Komet hockey was a helluva a lot better when he played!
Secondly, FW sent a message to Kzoo tonight and that message is that the Komets are a bunch of marshmallows.

Sun, 03/19/2006 - 6:28pm

I know who Ted Wright was, my dad, before he passed away 13 years ago worked with his wife..

Hit Somebody-I'm not trying to start anything either, but with my son's situation it really has put a new perspective on things, was I disappointed that they got smacked around tonight, sure I was, but there is always tomorrow. Losing Galbraith has really put a damper on things around here. I can't wait for him to be back...GO KOMETS

Sun, 03/19/2006 - 6:33pm

I think this game confirms much of what we have known but have been afraid to admit. This Komet team is a good, average, middle-of-the-pack team. It cannot compete night-in and night-out with Rockford, Muskegon, K-zoo, or Danbury. I think the fact that no trades were made indicates that team management knows that this team is not a serious contender in the playoffs. The stars are going to have to be aligned just right, St. Pierre will have to play out of this world, and the other teams will have to take some nights off for the Komets to make a run this year. That all assumes that we don't see a late season collapse that results in no playoffs at all.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 03/19/2006 - 6:40pm

Right on Rick.
My prayers for you and your family Mark. That definitely is much more important. I apologize for making it sound that Komet hockey is at all important. It is the one of few things that I have that takes the many stresses off of my life. God be with your son and family.

Sun, 03/19/2006 - 6:43pm

Marshmallows? Good one NEAL. Sometimes, someone needs to be on moron patrol on this blog!! It's cool when folks get on here and talk it up, if they know what they are actually talking about. I'm sick of people talking smack about the K's. I would really like to see you all get out there and play a pro hockey game! I agree what Mark said, "So tonight they didnt play well, good thing there is a tomorrow". DAVID, are you a fan of the Komets? Just wondering..


Sun, 03/19/2006 - 6:49pm

Wright used to throw 'em big time. Stick down, gloves off, challenged the Chiefs.

The Indianapolis Chiefs, that was.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 03/19/2006 - 7:01pm

Nanci, take off your orange tinted blinders and wake up. We are just commenting on the game and the state of the Komets currently. If you think this team is any more than average, you are in the minority. It is ok to wish your team is the best, but to think it and tell everyone else not to have an opinion on it, is dumb. I want the Komets to play like K-zoo does. It wasn't just one bad night. It is talent, style of play, mental and physical toughness, and coaching. The top four kill us in all of these catagories right now. We will be lucky to make the playoffs with our current mix and also with mounting injuries. Not pessimistic, realistic.

Sun, 03/19/2006 - 7:30pm

Yes Nanci I am a fan and have been for some 20+ years. I have seen the years when the K's were run by Colin Listner, Walker, and now the Frankes. I have seen players such as Gruhl, Pembroke, Irons, Bonner, Boyce, Chin, Venedam, Greenville, Killer, and etc...So when I observe us play against teams that we struggle to win against PH, Missouri, Richmond and then get our A.. handed to us by Kzoo, a fan is entitled to give an opinion on what he or she feels they saw. I am not calling in to question this teams desire to win but their lack of talent it takes to win against Kzoo, Muskegon, Danbury, and Rockford. We were once the "Team" in the UHL, now we are an also ran...Muskegon is "The Team" now and they have the trophies to prove it. We have no identity with this club. We hear the word Chemistry, but I say what chemistry? Please tell PA guy to stop playing the Jungle, because our arena is no longer the Jungle and the touch tone energy meter will light up when something on the ice provides that energy.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 03/19/2006 - 8:42pm

Good Call David. Get rid of the jungle song Larry. It is no longer the jungle. Your intentions may be good, but...Playing it makes us look stupid out there, and you may be mocking this team. Ole Ole Ole is getting old. Maybe it isn't just the guys can't score, maybe part of them don't want to either. That song is bad. The jungle is dead, not the fans fault either.

Sun, 03/19/2006 - 9:19pm

the jungle is history, this team and season sucks, absolutely brutal tonight! i can take losing anyday but give me an effort give me some fight!! when your down 3-0 do something to change the momentum,,, oh, i forgot our great coach hasnt figured out how to do that yet, brutal!!!
please teddy wright dont leave us, we need you now, we need some toughness on this team!

Sun, 03/19/2006 - 9:30pm

Nanci, I would love to go out there and play my heart out. I know I'm not good enough by any means to play semi-professional hockey but at least I would act like a professional and play hard every night. Thats there job. I can handle losing but I can't handle an no-effort loss. Kalamazoo is clearly a better team then us. All 3 of their lines would be our top line and thats no joke. We are a middle of the pack team and its too bad management didn't improve them more. We have no depth either. A team won't go very fan in the playoffs without any depth on its roster. I am a true Komet fan and have been for a long time. I expect that a Komet team at least give an effort ESPECIALLY at home even if they aren't the best team.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 03/19/2006 - 9:47pm

Why not go down fighting at least. Guns blazing so to speak? I hate watching guys who not only lose, but look like they have lost before the horn sounds.....on the 1st intermission.

Charlie I
Mon, 03/20/2006 - 1:26am

My tongue is so bloody right now from biting it. Trying not to wake the baby or the wife. Someone in here right now has made a real interesting comment. Maybe they should come to Section 200, 201 and sit awhile...they might learn something. Not nameing names though...wouldn't be nice. On a positive note the kids playing in the 2nd intermission was most exciting...good checks and such.

Mon, 03/20/2006 - 3:48am

Have way thru the first intermission I sat back and chuckled to myself. I couldnt wait to see how the comments posted here would read. I havent drank the Komet Koolaid; but I believe that I have come to accept the K's for what they are this year. For the most part they do work hard, maybe not in the way the fans would like to see; but I believe this is a reflection of the coach and his coaching style. This is a lil different for K's fans because the K's are usually coasting into the playoffs by now. Hopefully they can pull something off this year; but if not there is always next year....

Mon, 03/20/2006 - 12:10pm

welcome to the Bungle.

Mon, 03/20/2006 - 7:55pm

i'm saying there are games like sunday that just happen. sometimes they are off- tired, sore, hurt.. maybe just maybe. i still believe in this team.

Hit Somebody!!!
Mon, 03/20/2006 - 9:06pm

Nobody said not to keep believing. We all wish the Komet's will win. Only thing I was saying: Don't call everyone on here a Moron just because they have a different opinion than you do. Frustration in Komet Nation. That's all.

Tue, 03/21/2006 - 6:19am

Hit Somebody!!! - I apologize, I was not calling EVERYONE a moron. Just those that get on and talk out of their a$$. Sorry for offending everyone.