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Tailing the Komets

Players of the week

 The United Hockey League
(UHL) announced Monday that Fort Wayne Komets right wing Jonathan Goodwin has
been named Sher-Wood UHL Player of the Week and Fort Wayne Komets goaltender
Kevin St. Pierre has been named Southern Sports Supply UHL Goaltender of the
Week for the period ending Sunday, October 29th,


Goodwin completed the week
with six points (3g, 3a) and plus-2 rating in two games played.  He had five
points (2g, 3a) in Friday's 7-3 victory vs. Rockford.  Both goals came in the
first period as one was shorthanded and the second was on the power play.  He
was on the ice for six of Fort Wayne's seven goals.  On Saturday, Goodwin netted
a goal in the 4-1 win vs. Bloomington.  The 24-year-old native of Weymouth,
Massachusetts currently leads the Komets with nine points (5g, 4a) which also
ranks tied for eighth in the UHL.  He is riding a four-game point streak and a
three-game goal streak.


Other players nominated for
the Sher-Wood UHL Player of the Week include: Elmira left wing Scott Wray, Flint
forward David Frawley, Kalamazoo defenseman Casey Handrahan, Muskegon center
Todd Robinson, Port Huron center Ryan Markham, Quad City right wing Chad
Woollard, and Rockford left wing Kaleb Betts.

finished the week with a
2-0-0 record, a 2.00 goals against average (GAA), and a .923 save percentage
(SPCT).  On Friday, he made 33 saves in the 7-3 win vs. Rockford.  He then made
15 saves in the 4-1 win vs. Bloomington on Saturday.  St. Pierre has played
every minute in net this season for the Komets and leads UHL goaltenders in that
category (298:55).  The 31-year-old Sherbrooke, Quebec native is currently
riding a three-game win streak and has 2.61 GAA and .915 SPCT this season.


Other goaltenders nominated
for the Southern Sports Supply UHL Goaltender of the Week include: Bloomington's
Steffan Braunlich, Chicago's Marty Magers, Elmira's Kris Tebbs, Flint's Bryan
Worosz, Kalamazoo's Ryan Nie, Muskegon's Clayton Pool, Port Huron's Dustin
Traylen, Quad City's Jason Tapp, and Rockford's Frederic Cloutier.

Posted in: Komets


Mon, 10/30/2006 - 9:12pm

I mean anybody who chews 30 year old gum to save 10 bucks well that's a good guy there your woman must be proud lol

Mon, 10/30/2006 - 9:14pm

i'm just kidding i don't think your geeky but my definition of geeky is someone who wears classes and has a pocket protector and was in the chess club or something like that lol

Mon, 10/30/2006 - 9:15pm

that's supposed to say glasses man its late lol

Mon, 10/30/2006 - 9:17pm

Tony is absolutely as geeky as he sounds.

That's way too simplistic, Hit. There's a lot more to it. It has nothing to do with inspiring. By saying that, do you mean that Jonathan wasn't playing as hard last year? No way you can say that. That would be totally unfair to him.

Chief has a system that is much more defensive and keeps a third forward high. Pat likes to attack with all forwards. It's just a different style. It also depends on whom you play with. Chaulker likes to dominate the puck in certain areas of the ice and he directs his forwards where he wants them. Everything worked off him. That's not the case with Richardson so maybe Goody is getting more shots and more chances to handle the puck.

Just because a coach uses a different system doesn't mean he makes a player better. It's simply a difference in style. Chief's style is more defensive in nature, that's all. You can argue all you want about which style is better, but it's tough to argue with 48 wins per esason average over the last four years for Chief.

Different styles also work well with different players sometimes. Jonathan did what he was asked to do and now he's doing what Pat asks him to do. Points are not the only indication by a mile of how good a player is, or Jim Duhart would be in the AHL. Same with David-Alexandre Beauregard. There's a reason some of the best scorers in hockey are always minus-20. I'll take someone who can score 80 points and is plus-20 any day.

A lot of it has to do with playing time, as well. This year Pat likes to keep his first unit on the power play as much as possible, where Greg liked to mix things up more and give equal time. Goody is getting more PP time this year with the best offensive players on the team so he should have better numbers.

Back to Frawley a bit. It's also easier to put up numbers on losing teams. Your boy Frank Littlejohn is the perfect example. Look at Wiggins last year, he had ample opportunity to put up those numbers in FW, but never could. He went to Roanoke and got a ton of ice time and PP time and finally got to score. Basically, they had no one else so he got those chances and made the most of htem. He was never going to get that kind of opportunity in FW because there were too many good, better players in front of him.

Does that mean he was a better player in Roanoke? No freaking way you can say that with any intelligence.

Does this mean Goody is a better player this year? It's way too early to tell. He's definitely doing different things. You can be a great player, but if you aren't willing to play within the team system, what good are you? Goody has shown now that he's an excellent player playing within two different systems.

Tony E
Mon, 10/30/2006 - 9:19pm

Lol the $10 was a bonus. I am up for almost any kind of crazy dare that doesn't involve mind altering substances. You are talking to a guy who hung a very life like looking mannequin in a wedding dress over a freeway overpass when I was 20. When the state police showed up I stood with a straight face and asked "is there a problem officer?"

Ashley has some names to describe me. Geeky ain't one of them ;-)

Mon, 10/30/2006 - 9:20pm

I didn't say that Frawley was a better player in Flint I just said he was putting up bigger numbers so far just wanted an explanation of why?

Tony E
Mon, 10/30/2006 - 9:20pm

HEY BLAKE!!! SSSHHHHH!!! I have an image to protect LOL.

Mon, 10/30/2006 - 9:21pm

I'm sure she has some that I don't need to hear lol

Mon, 10/30/2006 - 9:21pm

The whole coach thing if you saw after that I put LOL it was a joke ease up a little

Mon, 10/30/2006 - 9:24pm

ok I think I'm going to bed now lol

Tony E
Mon, 10/30/2006 - 9:28pm

Me too. Gnite all.
On Goodwin. I think if he has another solid season this year he will get a serious AHL look next year. I don't think he has the size or speed to be a first liner there but he certainly could be a servicable player. Also as Blake said, his showing the ability to play well under different systems will make him an attractive commodity.

Mon, 10/30/2006 - 9:57pm

Tony E, The thing that got my attention on that story is when one compares the population difference between the two cities and yet were ranked #2 and #3. BTW, your crazy dare has mine beat...when I was about 20-21 I climbed on top of an Azar's "Big Boy" statue in front of the restraunt and sat on the plate next to the big plastic burger for my meal! During dinner hour!

Tue, 10/31/2006 - 8:15am

I have also noticed that Goody has stepped it up several notches this season. He's always been a good player, but it seems like he just flourishes in Pat's system. Actually, it seems that every player is doing well under Pat's system. I am extremely impressed with Pat and with the team this year. All of the players seem to be very nice and always come out of the locker room to meet the fans, unlike a few last year that always snuck off the ice after the game to avoid the fans. I also think that AJ is very much improved this season. Maybe it's more ice time, I don't know. I don't think that he really got the opportunity last year to show a lot of talent. Too many other good players and he was put on the back burner. I'm not worried at this point about McWhinney not being in goal yet. I agree that Frenchy does need to get in a groove first. We all figure that Dan will play sometime this weekend, and that's ok. I know that we don't want to exhaust Frenchy, but we do need to keep him sharp at all times. Sitting too much isn't good either. Kind of a double edged sword as far as goaltending goes.

Tony E
Tue, 10/31/2006 - 11:59am

Lol Bob now that would be a picture for the blog. The crime stats for both Detroit and Flint are incredible and sad.
Both cities are trying to right the ship but it is going to take years as well as a full fledged economic turnaround. Education is the key and is horrid in both cities. I could not believe it when I would talk to the kids while doing Pop Warner and they would tell me that there are 35 kids in their algebra class and only FOUR textbooks to go around!

Komet Fan
Tue, 10/31/2006 - 4:20pm

Heather, after reading continuous rants about how Frenchy shouldn't be playing as often as he does, people need to realize that the Coach makes the decision who is playing goaltender, not the player. People on here act like Frenchy is "keeping down" his backup intentionally. Baloney!!!

Sorry you took personally what I said. It wasn't directed at you, just at people who constantly question why Frenchy plays 80% of the time. Here's a clue for those people: It probably has something to do with the fact that he gives the Komets the best chance to win!!!

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but people need to get a clue when it comes to why certain players, especially Frenchy, who people seem to think makes the lineup and puts himself in the game, that the Coach makes that decision. as I stated, I am pretty confident that McWhinney will get a start this weekend and hopefully he does well. If not, I am sure people will then get on here and say that it is Frenchy's fault since he has "hogged" all of the playing time...

Komet Fan
Tue, 10/31/2006 - 4:30pm

Blake, you can talk "systems" all you want, but it is fact that most of the players who played here last year and are on this year's team would NOT have returned this year had Chief been back. It had nothing to do with his "systems", it had to do with Chief and his personality and how he treated his players. I already know that you were privy to alot of the going ons with players last year that you didn't mention in the newspaper or blogs, that would support what I am saying.

I am not going to argue with you that Chief has a pretty good resume at the UHL level. That is fact. But, ask yourself a question: Why hasn't he had an opportunity to move up to a higher level with all of this success? I would say it is because he lacks good communication skills with his players. There is plenty of evidence to support what I am saying.

As far as Goodwin goes, I would agree that Goodwin has shown much more potential this year than the past 2 years. Part of it is opportunity, part of it is that Chief is gone. Again, Chief has won at this level of hockey, but who has he developed when he was in Fort Wayne? Not much...