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Tailing the Komets

Komets win 4-2

Colin Chaulk is playing so well right now, everyone needs heating pads to shake his hot hand.

The veteran Komets center scored two goals to extend his point scoring streak to seven games as Fort Wayne beat Muskegon 4-2 before 8,222 Memorial Coliseum fans. Chaulk has torched the Lumberjacks for four goals and eight points in four games this season. Though everyone kids him about his preference to pass and his reluctance to shoot, Chaulk has scored eight goals in his last nine games after scoring only one in the Komets' first 19 games.

``The puck is going in for him,'' Komets coach Al Sims said. ``He's getting things to the net, and he's got confidence in his shot. He's putting the puck where goal-scorers put the puck, right in the top corner. He's got a hot hand, and I think it's encouraging him to shoot more because the puck is going in for him.''

Currently, Chaulk also seems to be the only Komet who can consistently produce offense. During those seven games, the Komets have scored 23 goals and Chaulk has scored seven of those and assisted on eight others. Saturday night was a good example, as all four Komets' goals came from Chaulk's line with Konstantin Shafranov and Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock also scoring. In fact, Schrock had a Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, an assist (on Chaulk's first goal) and a fight.

``It's easier when you're playing with Chaulker and Shaf,'' Schrock said. ``You just have to try to find the open areas, and they make things a lot easier.''

Rookie defenseman Bobby Phillips also continued his personal hot streak with two assists on his father's 51st birthday.

``He's showing some offense,'' Sims said. ``He's always been a great skater with the puck, but it's turning into offense for us now, which is great because any offense we can find, whether it's from the back end or the forwards, is big. Bobby's been doing it at both ends the last couple of nights.''

Partly because they were concentrating on defense against the International Hockey League's highest-scoring team, the Komets were out-shot 43-28. Tim Haun made 41 saves in the Fort Wayne net. It's the first time this season the Komets have been out-shot at home. The Komets had only 10 shots on goal through the first 30 minutes of play.

The win pulls the Komets within seven points of the Lumberjacks for second place and ties the season series between the teams 3-3. The Komets seem to be cranking up their typical post-Christmas hot streak and are 4-0-1 over their last five games.

Posted in: Komets


Sun, 01/10/2010 - 10:12am

i bet things were easier for schrock last night :) Haun looked amazing in net too!

Blake Sebring
Sun, 01/10/2010 - 12:14pm

Nick did not shrug off his helmet. He pushed it off with his hand.

Blueline Baby
Sun, 01/10/2010 - 12:23pm

Wow....Schrock has definitely impressed me as well. I'll predict right now that he gets the Mr. Hustle award at the end of the season....

Tim Hoke
Sun, 01/10/2010 - 1:43pm

Nice to see that 79 and 15 both handled a 6-4 guy. Maybe Smith will only fight the big guys now..lol.

Tim Hoke
Sun, 01/10/2010 - 1:46pm

Was so sad to hear of the passing of a long time Komet fan Mike Nichols. He has been fighting bone cancer for many years and fought a great battle. I believe he was told years ago he only had one year to live.......well he showed those doctors a thing or two. Mike we will miss you greatly and to your family we have you in our thoughts and prayers!

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 2:28pm

klempa got picked up by a team in the echl. i am glad he is getting to play somewhere. he has one assist in two games. hopefully it works out. now i hope stayzer gets picked up too :)

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 01/10/2010 - 4:01pm

No Blake, you are wrong, just ask ILUVHOCKEY and GREGSAND77.......and they are dag-on mad about the whole thing. To the point they are name calling and slinging mud. Its too bad. We are all Komet fans on this blog and I don't see why they have to be such negative nellies.

In fact, Shutterbug talked to Nick last night and he confirmed that his mask and helmet came loose, and he took it off (with his hand, not his elbow, not his knee, not his foot, not Bertrams hand, etc.) and sat it on the top of the net. Then he asked for the whistle, the ref said no, and then Nick knocked off the net to get the whistle.

Not that any of this matters at all, I was just asking for a clarification as I was curious how that incident and the rules meshed......

But next time I will know better because of the fragile nature of some people on the blog that took the question as an attack on their very being, I guess???

So watch your back Blake.....yikes.
Lets go Komets!!!

Blake Sebring
Sun, 01/10/2010 - 4:07pm

Being a little sensative there, Hit? Cut back on the caffeine! Thank goodness they won. LOL.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 5:15pm

I to talked to Nick, for a long time I might add, about the whole helmet situation. You can believe what you want, I only post fact, not my educated guesses, as some people do. I was just stating the facts.

Sun, 01/10/2010 - 5:17pm

Name calling and slinging mud? What post were you reading Hit?? Only the facts. Can't take the truth, from the actual source, don't post, I guess.