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Tailing the Komets

Komets win a wild one

The Fort Wayne Komets had to win the game twice on Sunday. First, Kalamazoo scored with no time on the clock, getting three shots on goal after a faceoff with five seconds left. The red light never came on because time was expired, but referee Scott Hoberg ruled the goal had gone in at 19:59. The Komets salvaged the two points when Mathieu Curadeau scored 3:33 into the overtime to give the Komets the 5-4 win.

Komets coach Al Sims said he never got a chance to protest the late goal.

"I assumed it was no goal because the red light never came on, but the ref ruled otherwise," Sims said. "The red light couldn't come on because there was no time left on the clock. You can't turn it on if there's no time left."

Overall, Sims was pleased with his team's effort as the Komets out-shot the Wings 33-23 which is very hard to do in Kalamazoo. Curadeau scored two goals, and the Komets' fourth line of Rick Varone, Maxime Gravelle, Sean O'Connor and Dominic Osman combined for three goals and six points.

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Sun, 02/15/2009 - 7:41pm

As the season goes on the officiating gets worse, didn't see todays game but I've seen a couple lately that the refs just stunk.

Sun, 02/15/2009 - 7:44pm

I think that Curadeau got his revenge....was an assist shy of having a Gordie Howe hat trick. Nice job by the Komets to earn a win after having a questionable goal allowed with :00.0 on the clock.

The Sosenheimer Boys
Sun, 02/15/2009 - 8:31pm

Nice comment bob because Curadeau scored 2 goals today.
That should of not been a goal with 0 seconds on the clock. I was listening. I was also listening to Chase and Chaulker in the interview between the Second and Third, good one . And good on shaun dundan, nice interviews. KOMETS WIN KOMETS WIN!!!! In overtime, good game on saturday, The komets are going to win and were trying to get matt reynolds back, because chaulker will try for me.
Oh yaeh, did you hear me on sound off that was cool.
I got my story ready Blake, it is a long one just to let you know ,because I wrote 2 stories. I'll see both you and Bob in the press box on saturday. Thank you for signing that copy of your book for school, I think everybody will like it. I will like it if you come to my school. Then I hope Sebastien Laplante is in goal for the komets on saturday. I just sent Maxime Gravelle something cool. It is about him scoring, he might score on saturday or he might be a rookie of the month! I hope we win the turner cup because everybody is doing a great job!

Sun, 02/15/2009 - 9:19pm

I wasn't at the game (only listening to Chase's broadcast), but I was wondering... Aren't the goal lights turned on manually? If so, isn't it true that human reactions take at least a few fractions of a second? Isn't it possible that if a goal did go in with a tenth of a second left, the goal judge might not get the light on before the clock hit "0:00" and he couldn't?

In any case, it was a good win, though there are still issues. Once the Komets gave up another lead in the third -- something they rarely did last year. No matter one's position on that last goal, they need to quit putting themselves in that position. Also, Curadeau did a great job today, of course, but other than him, we're still getting the most production from our 4th line. Isn't that upside down? Good for them, but we can't afford for them to be our best players going forward.

Sun, 02/15/2009 - 9:55pm

We were in Kzoo and I agree Blake. There's no way in 5.4 secs there can be a faceoff, scrum for the puck, 3 shots and a rebound shot in that amount of time. Green Light = NO GOAL!!!! Hoberg sucks in Kzoo as bad as he sucks in FW. Danko leveled Tapp in OT with a forearem shiver and Hoberg standing right there calls nothing. Danko is probably going to be a maked man next time we play them. Sweet revenge for Curdy!! BTW, I have been a little unsure of O'Connor lately, but man he was good tonight. Very impressed.

Sun, 02/15/2009 - 10:22pm


Yes...the goal judge has a button that is pressed to make the red light come on. It is wired into the scoreboard clock so that it cannot come on when the clock reads :00.0

I can tell you from personal experience that it does take more than :00.1 to push that button even though the judge holds it in their hand at all times.

I was a goal judge once during an "old-timers" game several years ago and the device they use at the MC has not changed even with the new scoreboard!

Having said that, if you can have a faceoff, fire the puck 3 times after a scrum for the puck and then score.....doing all of this in ONLY :05.4 seconds....let's just say that I have watched nearly 1,100 Komets games and I cannot recall seeing that much action occur in the final :05.4 of any game.

Mon, 02/16/2009 - 11:09am

Hi all,
I have a question...
When referring to a hockey season is the season called the year the season starts or the year it ends?
Like this year's season, the 2008 season or the 2009 season, or do they combine them and call it the 08-09 season all the time when referring to the season.

Blake Sebring
Mon, 02/16/2009 - 11:12am

They combine it. They do the same thing in basketball, but the Super Bowl is for the season of the calendar year. You always hear the referred to as the 85 Bears, even though they won the Super Bowl in 86.

Mon, 02/16/2009 - 4:00pm

Personally, I think we need a better system of determining such things. A goal camera that works in conjunction with a clock would be nice. That and actually reviewing goal/no goal situations. But I'm sure even then there would be controversies.

Mon, 02/16/2009 - 7:42pm

First of all had everyone on the ice taken their man Nebus would not have had a chance at the rebound now with that being said I have never seen a team struggle as much as the K's have with a 2 goal lead this year. That is almost unbelieveable as their poor record in shoot-outs. I am sure coach Sims looses more sleep over that then he does trying to figure out who he should shoot in a shoot-out.

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 7:46pm

I was at the game on Sunday, and I was disgusted at Curadeau's poor judgment about when and when not to jump on someone's back at start whaling on them. There was already one Komet in the penalty box, and we did not need two (not to mention his penalty was five minutes!). I think that Curadeau was worried more about himself than the team at the time. I wish he would have thought about it more because it really looked bad. I know about him being slashed on Friday, but I don't think it was an excuse. This is just one example of Komets choosing themselves over the team. Maybe, just maybe, that is the Komets problem this year. Everyone wants to be the hero/standout/whatever and no one wants to be the silent hero. I want to thank Huck for everything his does in that role, and I wish that more people would try to take it. It is noticed!