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Tailing the Komets

Frenchy is still playing

He's dressing for Milwaukee tonight in Game 7 against Iowa and former Komets coach Dave Allison. I don't know the details on whether he's an emergency goaltender or what. Milwaukee is coached by former Komets assistant Claude Noel.

I'll bet this has been an amazing series. Allison felt that Noel stabbed him in the back when he was coaching Milwaukee and Noel was his assistant.

Posted in: Komets


Mon, 05/01/2006 - 8:42am

Quick story.... We had a Komet game the day they lost to Pittsburgh. When the Colts didn't get the 4th down converted I was hot...and shut off the TV and went upstairs to get ready thinking Pittsburgh was going to run the clock out. As I got up to our bedroom I turned on the TV to see the end of my season, the volume was cranked and I could hear the crowd going crazy as the picture came up. All I could see was the replay of Harper running with the ball. I thought they somehow won the game!!! I was screaming a the top of my lungs for the next series of plays until Vander-muff missed his kick. Sometimes life is so cruel. Never have I went from the lowest of lows, the the highest of highs, then right back down into the gutter so quick.

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 10:46am


I may have you beat, I'm am hot when my team loses at all. I hate to lose. My girlfriend oftens leaves when my team isn't winning. That Colts game you speak of, yeah I was NOT happy at all. She left because I got really ticked off.

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 12:54pm

All this d--- talk about the carpetbagging Colts. Aren't there any real football fans here, and by that I mean Bears fans?

Frenchy is still in Milwaukee. Nashville is out, but they have some injuries to their goaltenders.

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 2:39pm

You mean they play football in Chicago...so thats that crap I see on Fox on Sundays..

(sarcasm people)

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 3:33pm

1) When you guys sign on to COLTS blogs do you talk about the KOMETS?

2) If going out in the first round "kills their end of season bottom line" then this entire league is in deep trouble. Take out the Komets numbers and the league averages about 2,750 fans a game. With an average of 7,500 if the Komets aren;t making money, who is?

3) No one is advocating having Puhalski crying over every call. A ref isn't going to change the call he just made, but you might get consideration on the NEXT ONE.

You're a ref, Tony E, if you tell me this doesn't enter your mind the next time a close call comes up, I won't believe you.

In Game 4, two calls went against Rockford in a row and linesman wearing #23 ignored a BLATANT too many men call against Rockford.

I remember an episode in Flint during the 72-73 finals when MARC BOILEAU kept sending captain Bob Fitchner back and forth and back and forth to the ref to make a point and question a call.

Fitchner skated to the bench and said, "He said ...." That's as far as he got. Boileau pointed toward the ref and told Fitchner, "I don't care what he said. Go and find out what he said!"

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 4:16pm

Pilling was famous for that, too.
I'd much rather talk about the Bears than the wimpy Colts whose greatest threat for an injury is rug burn. The greatest joy for the Bears

Tony E
Mon, 05/01/2006 - 5:08pm

I don't believe he is slow or stupid when it comes to intellectual aspects of life. I think he is a smart and genuine good guy. I just think he folds under pressure. He really has never won a big game. Not all his fault but gheesh Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson have won Superbowls!
Skate, I can only speak for me. I call what I see. If I call 4 fouls against a team in a row, it is because that is what I see. Yes I know guys who try to "even up" calls. I might even be guilty of calling a "soft foul" in the above situation just to break up the string. I would NOT call a foul that isn't there or disregard a foul by the team I called 4 in a row against. With the speed of a game like hockey, if you start worrying about trying to look for even up calls, you really screw yourself up. As for the linesman missing the call, maybe he just missed it. I am conviced linesman at this level are afraid to call anything. In the 15 or so games I went to this year in Fort Wayne and other places I saw plenty of missed offsides calls, icing not called when it should have been etc. Look at it this way, the refs miss alot in this league, why should the linesman be any different?

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 6:01pm

Sorry, I guess it's kind of my fault we all got on the Colts thing. I just meant to say that no matter how bad one season is, I'm going to be there the next season to cheer them on. I haven't lost my faith for either team even though they sometimes give me good reason to do so. My heart is with the Colts, but the Komets have a special place there too. And Blake, I believe the score was Colts 41, Bears 10. Just to jog your memory:)

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 6:29pm

I find it amazing how everyone wants the Franke's heads and what a terrible job they have done. When if you go from the start we had to where we finished I think they did a good job rebuilding during the year. Granted you shouldn't rebuild during the season, but they made the best of it and the team played well. The K's only finished four loses behind Rockford for the regular saeson. This town is so spoiled that if we aren't in the finals or winning the finals everyone must go. I to was disappointed at times with the play, but as I look back on things the guys played their butts off and made a push, just came up short. My hats off to the Frankes and the Komets.

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 6:37pm

Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson? You have to come up with 2 better examples than that. I think I could of done enough to win a Superbowl with the defenses those guys had on their side.

Komets PA
Mon, 05/01/2006 - 6:53pm

The Red Wings just lost the series in the 3rd period. Think the K's had a disappointing season now? BTW, hope to see lots of you tomorrow night. Come up and introduce yourselves. I never get to meet anyone being at the top of the rink. Have a good night we'll see ya tomorrow.

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 7:18pm

My major complaint this year (and with Puhalski-coached teams in general) is that I go to the games to be ENTERTAINED. Sure, I would prefer they win, but I want to see physical, checking, scoring (yes, fighting) hockey.

You don't see that with Puhalski's teams. As I said before, I'd rather see a 7-6 loss with 3 fights and up and down play than the 2-1 snoozer wins Puhalski puts out there with 5 hits per team.

Does anyone remember the ICE PATROL? The Komets may have lost the game but, by God, the opponent KNEW they had been in a hockey game when it was over.

Now, really, I'm not saying they don't have value as players but does anyone really get excited about watching David Hukalo play? Or Rumble? Or Lindsay? Or Hunter?

I have never questioned the Franke's dedication to FW or the Komets. And I sure don't begrudge them the opportunity to make money in their business. Lord knows they paid the price the last years in the IHL.

But I can't imagine them making any sustantive changes in anything as long as the are drawing 7,500 a game. And Puhalski and D. Franke are so convinced that their way is the only way I don't see anything different for next year, either.

Maybe they'll surprise me.

Tony E
Mon, 05/01/2006 - 7:18pm

Larry sitting up here in "hockeytown" I am laughing my tail off now. Wings fans drive me nuts. When I was a kid there were less people in Joe Louis than there were at Komets games in 1996. During that same time my Leafs were equally as bad and still sold out every game. Manny Legace has brought back the ghosts of Greg Stefan and I love it!!! Even better for me it was a Canadian team that did it :-)
Scoops I hear you and I know that argument. All I can tell you is I WANT to be wrong. How many good years though does he have left? Maybe 4-5? I don't think they are any closer now and without Edge maybe have taken a step back. I have another prediction, I think Jim Sorgi will be starting and playing well for someone in the next few years.

Tony E
Mon, 05/01/2006 - 7:20pm

Skate I hope they check out who is coming out of the OHL and get some of the hungry 22 year old 6'0-6'3 forwards that want to skate their butts off for a chance to move up in the future. 4 or 5 of those players would bring alot of energy back to Fort Wayne.

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 7:46pm

I agree. They need something to shake things up. They seem to ignore those type of players, though.

Mon, 05/01/2006 - 8:10pm

If the Komets really want to get rid of the fan favorites and bring in some good young players like we're predicting (for once) I agree with some things that Skate and a few others have posted in the past. First, we need a new coach. Do I think the current is bad? Not at all, he wins games and won a cup while here. However his system has run stale and I'd like to see a change in play, refresh things a bit. Also the Komets are going to HAVE to do more to assure that players here have just as good of a chance as any other team to move up to the AHL. Does it mean we need to be affiliated with an AHL team? Not neccessarily, just make the players able to be called up. I'm not a GM so I don't know all the details to make something like that happen. If they end up not going for the 'younger' team, keep the same core of players that they had this year, and find some natural goal scorers. I am a huge fan of having a team with returning players, keeping the 'fan favorites.' However a change every so often is needed and teams need to start over and start younger. I think it's time to rebuild the team either this next season or the season after.

Tue, 05/02/2006 - 10:10am

dnlkomets- I like the way you think the problem is as of right now there is no talk about changing the coach. I'm sure Pulhalski's style isn't going to change in the near future unless the Franke's say change your style or it's your job. So all I would say is that Pulhalski will still get guys to fit his system and we watch the boring 2-1, 3-2 hockey games.