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Tailing the Komets

Extras from Rockford

That we couldn't squeeze into the paper.

* The Komets are now 8-4-1 in their last 13 Friday the 13th games. How spooky is that? They are 16-14-2 overall. Yes, I need to get a life.

* To get to the 19-man roster limit, the Komets put Kelly Miller on the 7-day IR, David Besner on the 10-day IR and Jonas Gabrielsen on team suspension. Martin Gascon was a healthy scratch.

* Daniel Goneau scored the first goal of the game despite missing two days because of the flu. He looked very weak in warmups, too.

``The tank is empty, let me tell you that. I caught a virus and for two days I didn't eat or practice. Today I ate a little bit just to get something in my stomach. I feel all right, but I had no jump out there, and that's why Pat didn't play me that much.''

* Center Bruce Richardson needs a new knee pad. He has a two-inch dent in one after blocking a shot in the second period. He played throughout the third period with it.

``If I didn't play 45 minutes today I didn't play one. In the first period we had to relax a little because we were panicking, but when we got settled we made some plays. We made a couple mistakes but we made some good plays, too.''

*The B2 Network didn't work Friday night because of a parts problem in Rockford. There were similar problems in Flint.

* J.C. Ruid had fun in his return to Rockford where he played two years ago as the IceHogs' captain.

``It was interesting. It felt good coming hear and having the fans yell some things to me. I'm definitely flattered that they appreciate the work I put in here a couple of years ago. I have a lot of respect for the town and the organization.''

He even went nose-to-nose with current IceHogs captain Nathan Lutz.

``Lutz is a great guy, and we'll keep in touch for a while. He plays hard, and we both love to compete.''

* The Komets caught a break with the schedule. Because it is Homecoming at Illinois State, there were no hotel rooms available in Bloomington so they stayed overnight again in Rockford. Bloomington played in Muskegon Friday night and had to drive home all night. It's about three hours from Rockford to Bloomington.

* Finally, from Goneau: ``Sometimes it looks like we're running a lot because we're trying to do what Pat wants us to do. We're just not familiar with it. As the season goes along, it's going to be relax and then jump when it's time. Wait until we get familiar with the system and with the players and it's going to be way easier.''

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Sat, 10/14/2006 - 5:46am

so, by putting miller on IR.. does that mean anything? will he be coming off?

Komet Fan
Sat, 10/14/2006 - 6:24am

Miller will be eligible to come off the IR list next Saturday.

Sat, 10/14/2006 - 7:20am

I have a question, if Gabrielsen is on team suspension, does he get paid?

Komet Fan
Sat, 10/14/2006 - 8:27am


Sat, 10/14/2006 - 5:28pm

St. Pierre does not look good tonight! 7 shots, 5 saves. Put in Mcwhinney

Sat, 10/14/2006 - 5:59pm

Not to defend St. Pierre but are you there watching the game??? What about the team in front of him??? Seems like everyone is playing a bit shaky...

Komet Fan
Sat, 10/14/2006 - 6:08pm

Hsiri, unless you are watching the game, which you must not be, don't comment on something you can't see. I am watching and Frenchy looks fine. The defense, on the other hand, leaves something to be desired....

Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 10/14/2006 - 6:41pm

Jonathon Goodwin throws down the fists...Who said the Komets aren't going to be tough this year....???

Tony E
Sat, 10/14/2006 - 6:56pm

Unfortunatly they lost both the fights and the scoreboard. Considering the rough day they had, it isn't a shock.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 10/14/2006 - 7:03pm

I doubt a flat tire will cause you to lose to a new franchise...I would like to hear from someone who was there...was it that Bloomington is that good, or did we just play bad? Muskegon is surely turning some heads. 16 goals in 2 nights....wow

Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 10/14/2006 - 7:06pm

"Nothing at All" won against Rockford...that is amazing. His star player fought too. He will surely take him down a notch, maybe the dog-house?

Tony E
Sat, 10/14/2006 - 7:11pm

If you forget they are a new team and look at the roster, Bloomington has talent. Remember that expansion teams have in the last few years done well in the UHL in their first year.

Tony E
Sat, 10/14/2006 - 7:12pm

P.S. the Komets are about as much a "new team" as Bloomington this year.

Sat, 10/14/2006 - 7:30pm

Is it just me ... is there some new penalty terminology being used or is it just specified differently?

We're two games into the season, last night, Elmira's Littlejohn gets called for charging a goalie (I'm guessing this is just the same as charging) and tonight, Larocque gets a 10-min. misconduct for "inciting an opponent." Anyone have an idea what that was about?

I live about 25 miles NE of the Fort and my WOWO reception isn't the best. Did anyone else listening tonight have Chase trying to compete with a church revival show? I listened to part of the game while watching Florida lose to Auburn (with the sound turned off) and kept hearing a church choir fade in and out with Chase.

Tony E
Sat, 10/14/2006 - 7:43pm

LOL when I used to pick up WOWO up here sometimes I would have to put up with that too.

Sat, 10/14/2006 - 9:34pm

Like every other human being, hockey players live by routines, and they are even more superstitious than most people. Getting there late could have thrown their whole mindset off. Seen it happen plenty of times before.

I wonder how much the league will fine them for being late. It's the road team's responsibility for being there on time, except in cases of very, very bad weather and even then in some instances. They just have to leave earlier. How many times have the Komets been late to game in Rockford simply because they didn't leave early enough to get through Chicago?

With this being Bloomington's first home game ever I'll bet the league office is not happy with the Komets, and nor should they be. It's only three hours to Bloomington from Rockford. That's incredibly poor planning by the bus company in this case or the Komets for not having another option in place. Or hiring another bus company. They had enough problems last year they could have had every excuse to move to another company. Maybe this could not have been avoided, but it's happened too often over the past 2-3 years not to be fixed.

Komet Fan
Sun, 10/15/2006 - 6:49am

Blake, as you know, the Frankes are very frugal with their money and the bus company they are using gives them a great deal so they probably won't be leaving the 2 Ladies and a Bus anytime soon. Fine the Frankes $25,000 for being late to the game and I GUARANTEE something will be changed. The ONLY way the Frankes listen is when it hits them in their pocketbook.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 10/15/2006 - 6:55am

I bet the only way that Coach Bingham uses the Bus as the reason his team played poorly, is if they had to push the Bus to Bloomington. LOL

I know it is only 2 games...but Bruce Ramsay's boys look to be on fire...

Sun, 10/15/2006 - 8:36am

I was at the game last night. Bloomington played well and capitalized on the chances that they got. The first and fourth goals came off of bad Fort Wayne turnovers which lead to Bloomington odd man rushes. The second goal was a good top right corner shot on the short side. The third goal I couldn't see because it was on the other side of the ice. I think it was a grinding play where the puck squirted in.
The Komets did not play well at all, they turned the puck over too much and most of our shots came from the point it seemed. Reynaert came up big when he had to. All in all I think the Komets will bounce back from this game. They just need to clean some stuff up and get some other players in the mix. The staple players are playing way to many minuets each game.