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Tailing the Komets

Great Komebacks

Great Komets comebacks from four-goal deficits
April 9, 1963, Game 6 Turner Cup Semifinals, Komets 7, Muskegon 6: The Komes trailed 6-1 early in the second period before starting their miracle comeback. Bobby Rivard and Norm Waslawski scored during the third period to force overtime, and goaltender Chuck Adamson regained his form to fi nish with thirty-eight saves. Eddie Long saved the day in overtime when he stuck his stick behind Adamson to slap a puck away after it had slipped past the goaltender. Bobby Rivard and Norm Waslawski scored during the third period to force overtime, and goaltender Chuck Adamson regained his form to finish with thirty-eight saves. Eddie Long saved the day in overtime when he stuck his stick behind Adamson to slap a puck away after it had slipped past the goaltender.
Jan. 18, 1992, Komets 7, Indianapolis Ice 6: In the infamous ice-scraper game, the Komets trailed 5-1 heading into the third period before Bruce Boudreau and Scott Gruhl started the epic comeback. Boudreau had two goals and two assists and Gruhl two goals and an assist, but Sean Gauthier saved everything by coming off the bench to win the shootout.
Oct. 4, 1995, Komets 8, Chicago Wolves 7: Once trailing 7-3, the Komets scored three goals in the final 1:35 to tie the game. Lee Davidson scored on a penalty shot with 37 seconds left to force the shootout. ``I feel bad for the 3,000 fans that left (early),'' Komets Coach Dave Farrish said. ``They're going to read it in the paper tomorrow and think it was April Fool's or something.''
Dec. 4, 1999, Komets 5, Flint 4 SO: The Komets scored four goals in 5:20 in the third period, and then won in the shootout, leading coach Dave Allison to say, ``This game is not about fighting or anything, it's about battling, it's about man-on-man,'' he said. ``They came out, and I don't care where you play, if it's midget, peewee or whatever, there's no better feeling in the world than going in the dressing room and knowing you've played with passion and effort and you played like a man. Sex might be a nice feeling, but it doesn't last as long as winning.'' Except he forgot Mrs. Allison was sitting in the room. ``You know what I mean, honey.'' Luckily for him, she did.
Feb. 4, 2011, Komets 5, Wichita 4 SO: On a 1-3-3 home skid and playing against the Central Hockey League's hottest team, the Komets entered the third period trailing 4-0 but Bobby Phillips scored to break through, and then Tab Lardner scored a power-play goal to give them hope. Sean O'Connor scored with 40 seconds left, and then Lardner nailed a backhand with 8 seconds remaining to force overtime. Nick Boucher stopped all four Thunder skaters in the shootout as the Komets won that 2-0.
Am I missing any?

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Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 02/05/2011 - 1:08am

Gotta love Dave Allison. Great Quote. Great coach here for sure. His team made alot of nice come from behind wins as I remember.

Tonight was amazing to me. I didn't think they would pull this one out. My wife kept trying to enforce me to leave the building and take her and the kids home because...as she said "They aren't gonna come-back...." I said..."don't you remember the Chicago Cubs v. St Louis Cardinals at Wrigley when you kept wanting to leave....the Cubs went into extras and Sammy Sosa hit a HR to win in the 17th inning.....heck no I am not leaving!!!!"

True story fellas.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 02/05/2011 - 1:15am

Sorry.....15 innings.....but still was a Classic.


Tonight was special....

Gotta believe this helps pump these guys up for the playoff chase.

Games like this pull teams together.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 1:21am

In my opinion, the Ice Scraper Game is still one of the greatest games to be played on Coliseum ice. It had all of the ingredients needed to qualify as an epic contest. It was a contest featuring an intense rivalry, the arena was sold out weeks earlier, there was bad blood between the teams that led to intense physical play on the ice.

Granted, it was a different era, the MC did not have the protective nets at each end, (a young lady I met that night tossed an ice scraper that landed on the Ice goalie's helmet!) the crowd was more into the action and very vocal. It sounded like there were 20,000 people there instead of 8,200. Of the nearly 1,500 games I have seen in my life, this one was very entertaining, and was an impressive performance for the ages.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 1:24am

Tonight was very impressive (and encouraging). I bumped into O'Connor at Wal-Mart after the game and I told him that they were awesome and kicked A@& tonight.

Blake Sebring
Sat, 02/05/2011 - 1:28am

More importantly, Tim Hoke finally got to call a win! I'll bet Randy almost had a heart attack. I guarantee you he won't have any voice left tomorrow.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 1:49am

Any chance we can get those goals from Tim and Randy for those who couldn't be there? WANE doesn't have the goals and Poinstreak doesn't have any sound.

Blake Sebring
Sat, 02/05/2011 - 1:55am

I'll ask Otto tomorrow.

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 10:47am

Great research Blake. My son has three buddies at the game last night and I kept saying this was the best regular season game I'd seen in 15 years. Your quick info confirms that.

What a great game....I'm so excited that we're playing the same team tomorrow night. If I say it'll be an interesting first 8 minutes, nothing will happen. Considering there were four scraps in Kansas earlier this year, I think no one will want to be late tonight!

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 1:40pm

I listened to Chaser doing the famous 1963 comeback in Muskegon. There was a game at home against Toledo in 1976 when the Komets fell behind 3-0. Toledo had Pierre Chagnon in goal, I believe. John Sheridan scored on a long slapshot off the left wing on a rush at the blueline to make it 3-1 in the 2nd, Pembrooke scored from the left point in the 3rd to make it 3-2, and Sid Veysey scored two goals in the last minute or so to get the 4-3 win. It was a extremely intense game for the entire 60 minutes in the heated Komets-Goaldiggers rivalry.

Tim Hoke
Sat, 02/05/2011 - 1:58pm

Game replay is next wednesday at 8 pm on comcast 55, 8pm frontere channel 25, Enjoy!

Sat, 02/05/2011 - 2:59pm

By the end of the 1 st last night I was thoroughly enjoying Wichita's play, they were fun to watch, playing great hockey. Don't misunderstand, I'm thrilled the Komets won and glad we stayed for the whole game. I just don't think from a Komet's fan perspective it was a great game, just a great ending.

The comeback against Indy is another one of my most memorable games, not only because of the ice scrapers and that fantastic come back, but also because of a husband and wife who sat behind me for that game.

She grew up in Fort Wayne and went to Komets games with her family, a great Komet fan. Her husband grew up in Indy. They married, she moved there, and became an Ice fan.

When the game started out she was still an Ice fan and he was gloating in what looked like a sure win for them. By the end of the game she remembered her roots, was cheering for the Komets and all he could do was shake his head in amazement, finally falling quiet and leaving in numb silence. I wonder if the marriage survived? Great night in many ways.

I can't remember for sure but was this one of the games Mike Keenan was at to observe his prospects and went nuts on the team? That may have been another game, not sure......