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Tailing the Komets

Lineup changes

Pascal Morency is in and Bogdan Rudenko is on the seven-day IR. No word yet on what the lines will be, though Kevin Hanson is now paired with Jani Honkanen, leaving Guy with Mario and Domber with Arthur.

Everybody was loose as a goose this morning and before the game.

Referee is one who I think is one of the better ones usually, Shaun Davis.

Posted in: Komets


Fri, 12/01/2006 - 5:18pm

Pascal is on a line with J.C. Ruid and K.J. Voorhies and set up Ruid's goal at 1:13 into the game.

The early reviews on Nick Tuzzolino and Michael George is that Tuzzolino has very good wheels for someone who is 6-5, 225 pounds, and George needs to get into better shape before he's ready to play.

The Komets are also wearing their road black uniforms as part of the UHL's reverse jersey month in December.

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 5:31pm

Goaltender Kevin Reiter is available again, and the Komets are trying to reach him. Komets GM David Franke said he's already had calls from a couple of teams who are interested in acquiring Reiter, including Chicago.

He also said the Komets are probably two weeks awahy from signing Tuzzolino and George. He said George has only been on the ice once over the last three weeks.

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 5:32pm

Tony, supposedly the B2 network is up and working tonight.

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 6:06pm


Why is Bogdan on IR?

Tony E
Fri, 12/01/2006 - 6:20pm

Thanks for the heads up Blake. Lol I am watching an OHL game on the screen while listening to Bob. Talk about confusing.

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 6:52pm

he has a sprained wrist and is eligible to come off IR tomorrow.

Tony E
Fri, 12/01/2006 - 6:57pm

Next year instead of putting an ad in the program and website I am going to see if I can bump touchtone energy off the penalty kill sponsorship! Man do they get alot of airtime! LOL

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 7:13pm

crap load of calls... geezz.. come on.. this is QUAD CITY... the last place team..

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 7:23pm

Thanks Blake..if you see him wish him luck tomorrow night

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 8:15pm

I have seen many hockey games and tonight was the worst offical I have seen call a hockey game. Both teams were just skating on egg shells the whole game and there was no flow at all. I bet there was less than 10 total minutes of 5 on 5 hockey...

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 8:19pm

Absolute hogwash! He called the same game from start to finish. You can argue he was overzealous, but tonight was the PERFECT example of players not adjusting to the ref. They played the stupidest game I have EVER seen a Komets team play. They get a lead and then have five straight penalties, and they were all legitimate. There was not one player in the dressing room disputing the calls. They knew they had done this to themselves. You can disagree with the style of game he called, but this loss was totally on the Komets themselves and they knew it.

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 8:20pm

Don't let them off the hook for something like this by trying to blame the ref. They'll never get it if you do.

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 8:52pm

Blake is right on, 100%. The K's took this too lightly and acted like the penalties and sloppy turnovers weren't going to hurt them. Never learned to stay out of the box for minors. One good penalty was when 62 took a minor in front of the net with a loose puck in 3rd period. K's just got out-worked and too sloppy. Bingham screamed 'Skate!' all night because he saw the laziness. He told them right after the early 1P goal 'don't think this is going to be easy!'.

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 9:20pm

Sorry Blake. Davis is the stupidest ref in the UHL. Don't blame this all on the guys. Look at Davis's record every time he comes here. This is one time that I gave to totally disagree with you.

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 10:02pm

Before Friday night, over the last two years the Komets were 3-2 in games that Davis called and the PPs are 36-35 in favor of the opponents.

Plus, ilovehockey, you broke the rule, and now you have to name two refs you think do a good job.

Fri, 12/01/2006 - 10:05pm

He called the same game from start to finish. They should have adjusted. They gripe all the time about wanting consistency. This time he was consistent and they didn't like it.

Tim Hoke
Fri, 12/01/2006 - 10:06pm

Wow tonight was a stinker!! The komets players are going to have to put out the effort each and every game or the lesser teams like the Mallards can win when THEY give the effort! As far as the Ref....Davis called a crosscheck on Ruid but let a trip on Richarson go and he had both feet moving and was a call that was missed by him. But that extra powerplay had it been called would not have made any difference because the Komets just did not show up tonight! Dont skate stand around late in the game and let the Mallards walk in and score is what the problem was here tonight.... Saturday maybe be a different story..... we will see.

Tony E
Fri, 12/01/2006 - 10:14pm

Same complaints in every league about officials and it gets old. They are calling it by the book. If you use your stick for anything other than to play the puck it is a penalty. If you take your hand off of your stick to grab a player it is a penalty. I don't like all the penalties either but it is not up to the officials to adjust the rules. It is up to the players to follow the rules.

Tony E
Fri, 12/01/2006 - 10:28pm

To add...it is possible he missed a call or two as Tim mentioned. That is going to happen whether you call 5 penalties or 25. Calls are going to get missed. That isn't lack of consistency, that is simply a single human trying to see everything in a fast paced game which is impossible. My questions to those who don't like the penalties are as follows....
#1 remember when a guy would go in on a break and just get taken down by a bearhug with no call and fans screamed for a penalty?
#2 don't you think after the first oh I don't know 5 guys got called for hooking that maybe #6 should have know he would not get away with it?

I really in some ways do not blame these players though. From age 8 on up you were taught to give the little hook or grab the guy to keep him from going by you. So for 15 or so years of these guys hockey lives they have been playing the game a certain way and allowed to get away with it. Heck I used to want my Defenceman to pull a guy down rather than let him get a good shot on me. These growing pains are going on at every level.
The funny thing? The guys at the OHL level are getting it quicker than the NHL guys. Why? because they haven't had 15+ years of doing it the wrong way. I believe the Komets have players who are skilled enough and smart enough to make the adjustments. It is just going to take some time. As fans patience is needed both for the officials and the players. These guys are not stupid and they are not trying to take penalties. They are simply playing the game the way they have all of their lives.

off the late night soapbox. goodnight :-)

Sat, 12/02/2006 - 3:36am

My biggest complaint with the penalties called is that STUPID instigator rule. If you want to gibe a guy an extra 2 for instigation, OK.

Vut to slap an extra 10 on is way too much. I pay good money to see guys on the ice playing -- be it Laroxque or Currie -- not sitting in the box.

Sat, 12/02/2006 - 8:04am

OK Blake, Fish & Harrison.

Sat, 12/02/2006 - 8:16am

I miss Harrison.

Sat, 12/02/2006 - 9:12am

Tim, on that one he should have called Richardson for a dive. In fact, Bruce was looking right at Davis as he went to the ice. The Komets probably caught a break on that one.

Sat, 12/02/2006 - 10:12am

officiating was consistent last night with that ref but how about getting consistency among all refs...I mean one night one ref could call something and then the next night a different ref doesn't call it...shouldn't they all be in agreement about what to call and what to not call?...or would that be too hard?

Tim Hoke
Sat, 12/02/2006 - 10:13am

Well all i can say about this penalty stuff is that after about one period of the ref calling it by the book, I would think that anyone with a brain would figure it out that you should play it by the book also. I like the idea of an offical going to each bench before the opening face off and telling the coach and players that this is the way the game will be called all night regardless of the score or making any makeup calls from missed penaltys. If the offical is consistant in his calls all night i cant understand why the players would even think they could get away with anything. Of course the Refs are human and cant see everything that goes on in a game. I did a ref job in one game at Mcmillan one night and i will never do that again!!! They have a tough job and why anyone wants to be a ref is beyond me. Yes the players have been taught to do what they can to slow opposing players down since the were young and hard habits are tough to break....but they better start a fast learning curve here or we will all be bitching forever. At any rate we all have our opinions and hockey is still the best game around in my mind.....unless you count BEARS football!! LOL so lets all go and support the team and have a good night at the games. Lord knows we dont want to waste the season ticket money just to be upset!! have a good one fans...see you at the games!!

Sat, 12/02/2006 - 10:20am

That's the obvious goal, Heather, but it's never going to happen in any sport. It's just too bad they are human, LOL. Baseball has probably done the best job, just by trying to stabilize the strike zone, but that's also a very small area to concentrate on. Because only one person is making the calls, hockey is a fundamentally flawed game. We just have to live with it.

Sat, 12/02/2006 - 10:34am

and I think we are