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Tailing the Komets

Saturday Update II

I asked Komets General Manager David Franke about Galbraith and he said he's coming back. "He's already got a return ticket.''

I thought the ref did an outstanding job tonight letting the players play a little. This game had pace and flow, and it also kept the Komets off the power play. LOL. Except it isn't really that funny. This was the type of game that the league meant when Richard Brosal talked about finding the happy medium between what the UHL was last year and what the NHL is this year. You know it's rare when the first five minutes of the game went by without a penalty being called.

The hit by Chaulk clearly deserved the major penalty, and Colin didn't complain at all on his way to the locker room. I don't think he meant to do it, I think it was more of an instinctual reaction, but it was the right call.

By the way, did anyone notice the last two nights how much Chaulk was talking to his teammates on the ice and on the bench? After Friday's game, he was in the locker room talking strategy with a couple of the guys trying to get things figured out. He's trying, everyone's trying but things just aren't working. There's no doubt this is a huge confidence issue now from the goal on out. Frenchy is really struggling, and the forwards at the other end can't seem to make anything happen.

Good night, but I know no one will have pleasant dreams.

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Sun, 12/04/2005 - 12:51pm

I agree, Blake. The refs were actually somewhat competent last night! LOL It really was quite a relief, especially after all the crap that we've been getting called for lately in penalties.

It's terrible to see how badly Frenchy is struggling. A majority of the goals that Muskegon scored on Friday were goals that just shouldn't have happened if we had the right goaltending. Any chance that he's not fully recovered which would be causing the poor goaltending on his part? Poor Frenchy.

Chaulk does seem to be talking a lot more lately, and maybe it's because of the lack of talking from Puhalski. I'm not putting Coach down, because I don't know if it truly is his fault, but maybe that's why Chaulk's been talking to the guys more. On a sidenote, I can't believe the number of penalties he's been getting. I also find it kind of interesting that he's gotten a penalty (or two!) every game for at least two weeks (or so it seems).

I really hope all is well with Galbraith. I want to know what's really going on with him, but I know it's a personal thing, so I don't want to push it. We miss you, Lance!!

Sun, 12/04/2005 - 3:10pm

I noticed today that Chaulk did not get a penalty for the first time in nine games. I think he's feeling the pressure and that's why he trying to talk so much and get things started.

Whenever Frenchy gets hurt, it takes him a while to get back into top form, usually about two weeks, though that might be stretching as he gets a little older.

Sun, 12/04/2005 - 8:17pm

Chaulk is talking more because Puhalski doesn't know how to talk to his players. He screams and yells or he doesn't talk at all. Sorry Chief but its time to go. The Komets need a change and it should start there. I feel we are only about 2-3 players and a new coach away from being a top team in the league once again.

Mon, 12/05/2005 - 5:20pm

You know, I was just thinking the other night watching Muskegon's awesome team. Did anyone notice that none of their top scoring players take penalties?? Why is this? They have their role and obviously either know how to use it or have been given the tools not to take the dumb penalties that we seem to muster. Maybe it is a matter of individuals trying to do too much instead of playing as a unit.