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Tailing the Komets

Initial thoughts

I thought the Komets played pretty well, actually. I thought Bryan Hogan stole the game for the Gems. The Komets played 65 percent of the game in the Dayton zone, I thought they got guys to the front of the net, but he still made the saves, especially early. I didn't think Nick could have done anything on any of the goals. The two Dayton PP goals were off the same play where the guy sneaks around behind and he's wide open because the defenseman lost him. The 2 on 1 became a 2 on 1 when the defenseman dove to try to breka up the pass and missed. The second goal was a drive from the mid-slow when the defenseman didn't close up enough on the shooter before he ever got the puck and he put a great shot over Nick's shoulder.

Officialting was a tough night. Very inconsistent. Hard to understand how Dayton got 7 pp chances and Fort Wayne 4 when so much of the game was in Dayton's end.

Last thing, even with 42 shots, it seems to me a lot of guys are standing around in the offensive zone watching one guy carry the puck all the time. I don't know if that's what they are supposed to be doing, or if the guy carrying the puck all the time is supposed to be moving it, but there's something off there. Everybody is looking for the pass and not moving to get open, but again, maybe that's what they are supposed to be doing.

We're still about 150 away from 2 million so everybody still has a chance. I'll be back later with the story.

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Fri, 11/18/2011 - 11:13pm

Thought K's dominated the first but rest of game Dayton had things in control. Dayton goalie allowed no rebounds and Dayton blocked a lot of shots or deflected them. Also when K's had open chances to score they just plain missed. Dayton is a very boring team to watch and by no means have the talent the K's. First game for me to see in person this year and thought K's have youth, speed, and a little more grit. Impressed with Rizk and Smith. Why did Starenky not play that much? Don't understand when you have an extra why not use him? He played maybe two or three shifts the entire game. Too me that seems as a waste. Jamie L. Looks to be still out of game shape appeared to be a step slow.

Fri, 11/18/2011 - 11:26pm

I was again impressed by Mele's hustle. Gives it all every shift.

Fri, 11/18/2011 - 11:38pm

Bad game, Chaulk had a bad night. Didn't get the fights. Why rely on the Molles and leave Starenky on the bench. Chase sounded like he liked this kid and he doesn't play at home? Thorne is going to be a fun kid to watch grow.

Fri, 11/18/2011 - 11:39pm

you got it right Blake. A-Pod has great speed but then he stick handles way to much. i don't have to much love for him. I to thought Nick played good. very very nice goals.

Fri, 11/18/2011 - 11:40pm

Definitely don't think Hogan is that good of a goalie. He had a hockey angel on his shoulder tonite.

Fri, 11/18/2011 - 11:51pm

Hogan stole the game for the Gems, but a lot of it was because we didn't have men properly positioned around the net. Hogan was having a terrible time controlling his rebounds in the first period and the bouncing pucks should have been able to be punched in by the Komets. Once again the Komets went back to trying to score from the blueline. The odds are always against that. When the Komets did skate the puck in they were always looking for the perfect pass to score. They didn't get it. A garbage goal by a man stationed out front is certainly better than no goal at all.