Opening night couldn't have gone much better for the Komets. A 4-1 win over Motor City before a full house showed them everything they had been looking for, including a couple of extra Icys that they hadn't been looking for. Where does he get those toys?
Lance Galbraith was everything advertised. When a Motor City player got an elbow up on Colin Chaulk, Galbraith was right there getting into his face. It's going to be very interesting to watch he and Danny Stewart team up on the same line.
Thanks in part to the spectacular ice, the team speed REALLY showed up big. The Komets did a great job controlling the front of both nets, which was a major problem for them last season. Except for the play of the Mechanics' goaltender, the score could have been 8-1.
The new rules also seemed to work as planned. The game was fast-paced and fun to watch. There were a couple of points where play continued for three or four minutes without a whistle. Outstanding! Both teams had lots of scoring chances, and there was actual hitting in a hockey game. What a concept! Big-time hitting at that. Who had the most hits? Rob Guinn, Guy Dupuis, Galbraith, Stewart, Mark Smith? There were so many good hits it was hard to tell. It sort of looked like the first game of a playoff series with the Komets trying to set the tone.
My biggest question? Did they clone Icy or did he have a very busy off-season?
It's tough to imagine how opening night could have been much better.