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Tailing the Komets

Good news!

Nick Boucher comes off IR on Wednesday, Konstantin Shafranov is eligible Monday, Rick Varone can go on Tuesday and Brad MacMillan's 15-game suspenion is done.

Other than that, I got nothing else positive for you as the Komets lost to Port Huron 2-0 on Saturday night. It had been four years since the Komets had been shut out on the road before their game Dec. 5 at Dayton, and now it has happened in back-to-back road games for the first time since November, 2004. Yikes!

Only 23 shots on goal Saturday night. After a 7-2-0 start, the Komets have gone 5-6-1, scoring only 26 goals.

The rough part of Saturday night's game might not be the loss in the standings, but the loss in goal as netminder Tim Haun received an attempt-to-injure match penalty for a high sticking foul in the final minute. That means Haun is suspended indefinitely pending review by International  Hockey League Vice President of Hockey Operations Brad Jones on Monday.
Earlier in the third period, Haun had received a roughing call. Port Huron's Derek Patrosso was called for interference on the very next play, along with a misconduct, while Haun received the match penalty and a fighting major for tangling with Port Huron goaltender Larry Sterling.
Parris Duffus, who was signed earlier in the day as the emergency goaltender, finished up in net for the Komets but did not face any shots. Former emergency goaltender Tyler Sims has signed as an emergency back-up goaltender with Elmira in the ECHL.

The Komets are averaging just 2.61 goals per game this season, while giving up a league-low 2.52 per game. Take away a pair of shootout goals the league counts toward the Komets totals and it's actually 2.52 goals for and 2.52 goals against right now. The Komets' all-time record for lowest goals against average is 2.37 in 2003-04 so that tells  you how well they are playing defensively. To put the lack of offense in perspective, the Komets' record for fewest goals per game in a season is 2.83 in 1956-57!

To put it quite simply, the guys who are making all the money on this team have to be the ones to find a way to put the puck in the net.

Posted in: Komets


Sun, 12/13/2009 - 3:34am

Maybe if everyone wore their helmets backwards for a night. Sort of worked in Toronto, right?

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 3:37am

In other words, they need to quit trying to put the puck in the net and just put it in the net.

Batman W/O mask
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 4:36am

Sgroi=sign him & the guys will start playing bigger

Frozen Water
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 10:17am

I'm not going to write anything suggesting we need changes or negative in any way until I read Hit's post telling everyone that things are just fine with the players we have, or until Take a Deep Breath Part II is written so I calm down and see how wrong I was to ever criticize this team as it stands.

Look, I am a huge Komets fan. I promote the team to everyone I see, during good times and bad, I just think there are too many satisfied players on this team and the fire is out in some of them. Nothing against them or the talent we all know they have, but winning a championship two years in a row will make people complacent. You see it at all levels of sports, amateur and professional. I hope things get turned around and the team pulls it out. I hope everyone is right who keeps saying "It's only December." I hope I am wrong about all of this and we go on a huge tear and dominate the opposition to reign on top of the league again.

With all that being said, GO KOMETS!!

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 10:34am

Let us all drink the water where management tells us not to worry about scoring or toughness. It will all work out- we were like this last year. Maybe fans are getting tired of this? Shut out and now Haun is the enforcer? Can I have some more water please!

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 10:45am

Yes, another guy on the wrong sige of 30, no talent goon who jumps guys in penalty box is just the kind of player this team needs. He is going to help the scoring for sure. . Laredo ran him off after 14 games. And what those 15 penalty minutes in those games means what? 3 fights assuming all 15 minutes were for fights and not one fight and a 10 min misconduct or 5 minors etc.
You want an "enforcer" fine go get one. But don't get a joke of a player that nobody in hockey has any fear or respect for. The day he jumped a player in the penalty box his career was over.

Enough Already
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 11:14am

Yes, we don't need just a goon who can't skate or play a regular shift... But he might actually look at the opposing team, and put a check on one of them...

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 11:16am

Did anyone else catch the quote that Just Cohn had in the Saturday morning paper from Al Sims on Wednesday night's game? When the coach says something like "We left it all out there and did everything we could to try and win that game", you start to wonder. If that was leaving it all out there, I'd sure hate to see how the Komets play on an "off" night. Such comments may suport the players, but they certainly don't reflect the reality that the rest of us are experiencing. Be sure to pick up your rose-colored glasses as you enter the Coliseum next Friday.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 12:22pm

Frozen Water......haven't you read my posts for 2 weeks now.

Someone point him in the direction of my rants about how this team has no heart, no hustle, no grit, no hitting, etc.

Wow. Where have you been? I frequent 3 blogs, my opinion hasn't exactly been a secret. 2 weeks ago I might have said, give it a chance and we'll see how things go, that was when they had 2 bad games and still had the opportunity to turn things around.....but now, they have mailed in the past 2-3 weeks of games with no care in the world.

This team has problems. They don't give a crap. We shouldn't either, as hard as that is to say....I bleed orange and black and love this team...but these guys don't care about he hockey they play as much as we do right now, and that is messed-up.

What else can I say that I haven't all ready??? Gheesh.

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 12:32pm

Looks like hain got tired of the skaters not doing squat to protect him. Now he went and got suspended because he had to stand up for himself

Tim Hoke
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 12:49pm

Way to go Tim Haun! Its to bad that we have to have guys getting suspended because we need the grit to play the physical part of the game. Since Tim has been the only guy we can play in net other teams have been taking cheap shots at him and I think he just got tired of the crapola! Welcome back Nick!! I have noticed the lack of hustle lately and that upsets me because if you are going to lose a game then lose it by giving it your best! Now with some guys coming off injury and suspension let us see if things chage up. if that doesnt happen.....then time to make some big moves here. sorry I didnt spell change right....GO KOMETS.

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 1:08pm

glug, glug. We will all be back slurping up the water on Friday night, sorry to say, jonndfi.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 1:20pm

The interesting thing for me will be who gets cut....

Will it be a hustling player.....or a player that dogs it???

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 1:27pm

With the last two games that the K's have played against PH it has been very disappointing from a fan stand point. Last nights game was very frustrating to watch and I think frustration is exactly what happen to Haun. I agree with Mr. Hoke Haun has been getting whack, run into, ran over, and pushed the last couple of weeks and it seems very little has been done to prevent that from happening. I to believe that Syro will spend the majority of the year being recall or sent back down for a game or two, which is good for him, but bad for the K's. While most will call for changes, what changes can be made? All the Vets are vested in jobs in the FW area making trading them for the most part impossible. I do feel like that have to look at bringing a guy like Sorgi to help Mac and Shrock restore order. While scoring is the problem right now a lot of it is guys not going to the net and maybe a guy like Sorgi will help guys like Chaulk, PC, OC, Shaf, etc because he will provide a little breathing room on the ice. And the guy who want to "bump" into the goalie will think twice with guys like Sorgi and Mac patroling the ice. Adversity has set in, now will find out how the hockey club will handle it and what type of leadership is on the hockey club. It is times like this you really find out what type of hockey club and players you have. They are tied for 3rd, which is better than last place so while the "sky" may have fallen a little it still has not reach the ground...

Blueline Baby
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 1:30pm

I drove to the Toledo Walleye VS Elmira Jackals game last night. I just wanted to mention that the talent level was extremely even with ours (excpe they hit more and harder tan we have lately!), the Toledo stadium is really nice (if a bit small - 7500 or so capacity), and that the people there were pretty cool and recognized the Komet jerseys my son and I were wearing and chatted us up all night long about the IHL. There was one heck of a line brawl (Dominic Osman was right there in the middle of it), and Justin Hodgman had an assist, and would have had a goal, but it was waved off since he batted it in with his glove. Both guys seem to be dong really well over there, and Osman in particular is very well-liked there. He was all over the place last night on that ice. And that line brawl - guys broke away from the linesmen who were taking them to the penalty box to fight with other people, so they got game misconducts. Another Elmira player got mad because his goal was not counted (it really should have been in) so he banged his stick at the ref's feet, got thrown out for that, and on his way out, threw his helmet at the ref!! So to those who think it is just the IHL who has "bush league" antics...sorry. Even those affiliated with NHL teams have tempers as well, it seems! All in all, a great time. I'd recommend that as a short road trip on an off-weekend.

Blueline Baby
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 1:37pm

Oops...that should say..."except they hit more and harder than we have lately..." My bad. Frozen fingers!

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 2:12pm

Blueline baby--

Me, along with two others, were in Toledo for the game last night as well. What a game we got to see! I knew if and when Toledo had taken the lead in the 3rd period that the game would turn out like that considering Marty coaches Elmira. He hasn't changed.

My group got the chance to get Mike Eruzione's autograph. He definitely remembered the Komets. lol

Frozen Water
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 2:59pm

Sorry Hit, just frustrated all around. I have read your other posts and have been agreeing with you more and more lately.

Sgriffith: Not sure why you are talking about Sorgi... I know the Colts put him on the IR but I wasn't aware he could play hockey?

I have no idea what it will take to make the Ks fire on all cylinders but I seriously don't think guys will keep their spots on the team just because they already have other jobs around Fort Wayne. At least I hope they don't.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 4:29pm

I would guess Mr. "I have My Picture Attached to Everything in the MC" is allowed to coast and do or not do what he wants without fear of being cut. He has that "insurance" policy locked up. LOL

Just give the effort, play hard, take the body, and everything will be fine. Wins will come, goal lamps will light up, fans will be happy again.....even if you don't win, at least give the effort. I will gladly cheer effort.

Something needs to change.

Are there problems in the locker-room we don't know about?

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 4:40pm

Hope Brad MacMillan is ready to take on the league protecting this current group of lolly-gaggers. I would bet the other teams in the league will bait Brad into fights, just to get him off the ice...so they can continue to run our goalies, elbow our elderly, and disable our offense.

Batman W/O mask
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 4:51pm


Sun, 12/13/2009 - 7:36pm

Here's an idea...let's dont fill the emergency goaltender position and just have Al tell the team that if the goalie goes down, one of them will have to throw on the pads and play the rest of the game in net.... Bet that would make those guys protect whoever's in net...lol

Blueline Baby
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 7:41pm

Ashley, what a coincidence! We were going to go see Eruzione, but decided not to wait in that line. I got some great shots of him on the ice. We were in seats right behind the goal where Toledo shot twice, so we got to see him very well from where we were. I forgot that he had played for Toledo, so yeah, he would remember the Komet name! LOL! I got shots of both Osman and Hodgman as well. Glad to see those guys still playing and doing well.

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 9:32pm


Adam Mapes
Sun, 12/13/2009 - 9:33pm

I hate to say this but Woods career is no longer hockey, Bonneau is not goin anywhere soon ahl contract.......It's almost Christmas so lets get the tough guy wish list out again!!!!!!! I have said this one before and I know he isn't playin this year and can play the game and is a respectable heavyweight!!!!!! ANDRE ROY

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 11:02pm

Tim Haun is our tough guy now, scarey!!

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 11:38pm

So back to reality for a second...
Blake, wasn't the reason Sims didn't play in goal was for salary cap reasons. Now that Duffus had to appear, what if anything does it do to the Komets salary structure for the week?

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 11:53pm

"elbow our elderly" & no em. goaltender to make the ks protect their goalie = makes me laugh

Sun, 12/13/2009 - 11:57pm

Blue line, i go to echl games all the time, usually when im in vegas on business/pleasure, i really like watching the wranglers play, the E is full of younger, (hodgeman), (curadeau) NHL drafted players and the I is just mostly older and D3 college players,. why is a town like norfolk virginia calling players up from ft wayne? norfolk and kalamahoo should be calling players up from us, ft wayne is an awesome hockey town, i think we are getting shortchanged with this league and on ice product!

Batman W/O mask
Mon, 12/14/2009 - 4:36am

Andre Roy + Mike Sgroi & with MacMillan+Shrock=20% tough team