For a man facing a six-hour bus ride home and then two games
within 24 hours, Komets coach Pat Bingham was extremely happy Friday night
after the Komets 3-2 shootout win at Quad City. The win give the 5-1 Komets
their best start since they began the 2001-02 season 7-0-1.
``I saw good things from a lot of guys,'' Bingham said. ``That
was a total team win with the guys playing the quintessential road game.
Everybody who dressed contributed tonight. There was a lot of sacrificing to
The Komets got goals from Bogdan Rudenko and J.C. Ruid during
regulation, but the real star was goaltender Kevin St. Pierre who made 35 saves
in regulation and then stopped three of four Quad City skaters in the shootout. He
went post to post to stop Mallards Patrick Nadeau and Don Parsons.
“He's playing well,'' Bingham said. “He was big in the net and
great in the shootout, and they have some crafty forwards.''
The only bad news for the Komets was from forward Daniel Goneau
who's out indefinitely with a broken cheekbone suffered when he was hit in the
face with a shot halfway through the first period. Komets trainer Shawn Dundon
said Goneau will meet with an ear-nose-and throat specialist early next week
and may need surgery.
The Komets also played with only five defensemen because Mike
Dombkiewicz had to sit out with a sore back. Dombkiewicz tried to go during warm-ups but was unable to play.
The Komets could get A.J. Bozoian off team suspension in time for
Saturday's home game against Port Huron. The Flags got shut out in Kalamazoo 4-0 on
On Sunday the Komets close out the weekend with a 4 p.m. road game at Flint.