On Friday night the IceHawks looks monstrously larger than the Komets, but not so much on Saturday so I asked coach Al Sims what the difference was.
"I don't know if they were tired or what, but they didn't look like they had the jump that the had last night," Sims said. "I thought our guys came out hitting in the first, and we didn't last night. We didn't really hit them until the second period last night, but I felt we came out hitting right off the bat. I think they knew they were going to get hit every time they touched the puck, and they were giving it up and making turnovers.
"You have to use your speed, No.1. They have a bigger, slower defense than us, and it's a big rink that we have here. We used our speed good here. A lot of guys went wide on their defense and broke in. Speed is the way you're going to beat a heavier team and not playing as much in your own zone. Once they get you in your own zone, and they get control of the puck, they are tough to get it from because of their size. We tried to play in our own zone as little as possible.