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Tailing the Komets

Something I've never seen before

The Fort Wayne crowd actually booed when a penalty was called on a visiting player. That's how bad the officiating was in the second period Saturday night. And no, I really don't blame Ken Gallagher (so I didn't break my own rule).

Part of being an official is having a feel for the game, and the current UHL style of calling everything in some ways takes that feel of the game away from the officials. It's sort of like the three strikes rule with federal sentencing. It takes away from allowing the judge to use any common sense. It's the same thing with the UHL rules.

Gallagher is just doing what the league has told him to do which was call everything. All that did was lead to frustration from the players on both teams and the fans. Hint, hint, the league better be concerned about the last of those rather than the first two.

For whatever reason, this style is not working. The inconsistency from night to night is killing the entertainment value of the game. It's another thing for the owners to go on radio and such and complain about it. You are the owners, the board of governors, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

In happier news, I got hit by a Scoop guy today in what was an awesome fete. Not really. I had to get to the game late tonight and was standing behind the net after the first period as they went onto the ice. Thankfully, he didnt whip it at me too hard. Good time was had by all.

And then the second period started. Yawn.

Who wants to watch this any more? I don't, and I'm getting paid for it. I can't imagine there are any fans left who do.

The other thing that is happening, I believe, is the players are saying the heck with it. If I'm going to get called for it, I better get my money's worth.

Too bad the fans can't do the same.

Posted in: Komets


Sat, 11/04/2006 - 6:17pm

Not able to be at game and with 15 total powerplays already this league is turning into a total joke. You are right Blake the owners need to tell Brosal to change or a change should be made at the top. It is a good thing that our PP unit is at least entertaining to watch. PH and Flint fans will not suffer through this type of hockey in those cities. These type of players in this league are not capable of playing the type of hockey that is being called nor our the officials who call the game. The only way the Franke's will complain is when it starts hitting them in the pocket book, but FW will always support hockey no matter what type of product is on the ice.

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 6:20pm

I don't believe that is true David, otherwise Ken Ullyot, Colin Lister, Bob Britt and David Welker would be very wealthy men. Fort Wayne is very fickle, and this could become a factor.

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 6:27pm

Well I was referring to the last few years of the Franke's. Attendance wise FW ranks up there with most of minor hockey in terms of attendance is concern. See what happens in 3rd period and if the game gets out of hand. I am sure you may see 20+ powerplay opportunities for both clubs. What is the record for most powerplays in one game combined for both teams?

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 6:33pm

Blake can u please ask someone why this game is not on B2 I thought the Franke's agree to broadcast home games on a 90 minute delay, which I also think is a joke. Everyone else in the league broadcast games on B2.

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 6:37pm

Komets officials say that the B2 network has not come to Fort Wayne and set up the equipment for this year.

I'll look for the power play record, but I'm not hopeful.

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 6:50pm

Thank you Blake...Typical call throw 2 guys out of the game for fighting what a joke and 2 seconds after that another penalty.

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 6:58pm

Blake, I am listening to Chaser all the way from Virginia Beach. Are they just making up calls as they go or what? This game is putting me asleep and it is not Chaser's commentary.

Tony E
Sat, 11/04/2006 - 6:59pm

All I can say is the next time Port Huron come to town, there should be some creative chants for a guy with the last name of SNOWBALL!

Tony E
Sat, 11/04/2006 - 7:03pm

As to the officiating, I agree with Blake. These guys I can promise you, unlike Mick McGeough, are NOT happy being the focus of attention. These guys in the past were ripped for letting two much stuff go and this year is the opposite. Ken Gallagher is a quality official and this is not his style.

Tony E
Sat, 11/04/2006 - 7:06pm

I will ask this though, not being at the game, say what you will about the calls but it is plain and simple, if you use your stick for anything but playing the puck you are going to get called. Why is that such a hard concept for the players to grasp?

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 7:24pm

How does B2 work...I'm getting no love.

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 7:32pm

problem is tony, stick work happened right in front of him but no call, but there were plenty of phantom holdings. captain caveman took a good slash to the ankles right in fron of the ref an d no call...icant believe this can continue. we win a game with a shutout and some fights and most people were pretty bored tonight. let em play and call the penalties that effect the play.

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 7:38pm

B2 is not yet set up in MC and will not be until next week golightly. While I was not at the game tonight and listen to Chaser on radio that had to be the worst game and yet one of the best 3rd period to watch of the year. 3 fights and something like 20+ penalities called. It is time for the owners of this league to take back ownership and rethink Brosal's agenda. The way the game is being called is truly his agenda, just like it was his agenda to take away "enforcers" away from this league with reduced roster sizes. If something is not done we may only see 10 minutes of 5 on 5, 3rd line guys will play very little, and games may take 4 hours to play.

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 7:39pm

I think Larry is going to get a time-out from Dickie Boy for all the stuff he played tonight! Way to go Larry!!!!

Where did the "Snowball" song come from? I loved it!!!

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 7:59pm

Can I ask everyone a question? Why do some fans feel that it is ok to throw things on the ice? These people need pointed out and need thrown out of the coliseum, throwing things on the ice with the exception of hats for a "hat trick" is worse then the "you suck" chant...paper, a penny (coin) that was stuck to the ice, pucks given away before the game were all thrown on the ice and I am sad to say that it was at my end of the arena...and when Larry said please refrain from throwing things on the ice and please point these people out so they can get kicked out..that does not even work because we pointed someone out and the "usher" did not do a thing..it took the fans giving this person a hard time for them to leave..nice work coliseum staff...these people should not be aloud to watch games...
sorry rant over!!!

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 8:08pm

I'm not for throwing things but if you were gonna risk getting in trouble couldn't you at least hit the idiot in the striped shirt LOL i'm kidding calm down people

Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 11/04/2006 - 8:10pm

The officiating in this league is going to be its death sentence. Elite Professional Crap if you ask me. 45 penalties? HOw come Adam Fish called a game on Thursday and had only 4 total through 2 periods? Gallagher was making up calls as the game went on. NO ONE can honestly say that this game was called the correct way. It was ridiculous. You cannot call a game this tight and expect the quality of play to be worth 2 cents. I don't care if Dickie Brosal thinks this is the NHL or not...Earth to Dickie, this isn't the NHL, this is AA hockey and you are killing this league night after night. Yes the owners should step-up and do something...what is it that they should do is the question? Fire the league office starting with Dickie and his boys first. But then what? That game tonight was pathetic. 45 penalties? There is no excuse for that load of garbage.

Frenchy looked good, and lucky too. It takes both to get a shutout.

Tony E
Sat, 11/04/2006 - 8:22pm

Re Fish: He sees the big picture and will most likely not be in this league next season.
Re Throwing things on the ice: come on folks! Really what are you proving?
Re The Ushers... I felt awful on opening night for the gentleman who was probably in his 70's in my section who looked alot like the balif from My Cousin Vinny holding up the sign asking folks not to walk in during play. People actually PUSHED HIM aside. There needs to be more of a police presence at Komet games. You can't ask a bunch of senior citizens to control rowdy crowds of people half their age.
The game... Be glad you have a classy coach and classy players who for the most part kept their cool. And let's face it. The penalty kill is cooking and the powerplay is on fire. If they do keep calling it this way, the Komets will be on a fast track to the cup.

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 8:22pm

I would like to publicly request that Richard Brosal correct the officiating Fiasco that is going on IMMEDIATELY. If he does not I would like him to resign his position.

Two statements were made by the fans tonight, the first one was the one Blake stated, and the second, while i do not condone throwing things on the ice and more than likely the people who did it are not the die hards but casual fans, it was still a statement of dissatisfaction that will only get worse especially in other arena's.

I don't know if it is ego, rectal cranial inversion or stupidity but Richard Brosal has an opportunity to correct this immediately.

Will he do it, is he the type of leader that will admit his fault and correct it, or will he go down with the ship.

So obviously i am awarding my UHL Idiot of the week award to Mr. Richard Brosal.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 11/04/2006 - 8:32pm

I second that Burgee....

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 8:33pm


Sat, 11/04/2006 - 8:34pm

Tony E...I completely agree about the "senior citizen" ushers...most of them have radios, if one cant do it then call someone that will...all night long we had people walking up during play and no usher to be found then we had the guy throwing stuff and she just sat there and looked up at us...it is frustrating to the real hockey fans to TRY and watch a game and have to deal with the casual fan as someone else put it...

Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 11/04/2006 - 8:35pm

Dickie Brosal may be protected by Super Fan thinking that the owners shall take charge...but afterall...what do you really want them to do Blakes? Tell us what the answer is. Tell us what us fans can do to make this awful situation better. Voice our opinions here is a start...but how can we get the owners and the league to listen to us rather than stop going to the games? I love Komet Hockey and am afraid that this is the end if somethinf doesn't change fast. I heard 100's of fans very upset around me tonight saying that they will never go to a UHL game again until they finally fix this garbage.

So what is the answer here? Fire Dickie Boy and the Gang, and take back this league.

Tony E
Sat, 11/04/2006 - 8:46pm

Here is his email. rbrosal@theuhl.com if people want change, contact the man at the top.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sat, 11/04/2006 - 8:52pm

I will e-mail him...and I challenge the rest of you to do the same.

Maybe if his email box is jammed full of complaints, he might wake-up and listen. He is a moron you know.

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 9:02pm

The more I think about that game, the more I say "After all the penalties, the Flags still couldn't score on us 6-on-3." And that makes me smile.

It almost makes me forget why we were 6-on-3. Almost.

Was it just me, or did it look like boys playing men and referees playing pretend?

Tony E
Sat, 11/04/2006 - 9:19pm

So here is a question. How do you guys think they look 5 on 5 ? Lets assume that things relax as the season goes on. We know their special teams are absurdly good right now. But how do you think they look even up?
Numbers wise you have several guys at +/- zero or below and nobody is above +5 even with all of the goals being scored (of course because of the powerplay) So looking beyond the numbers what do you think?

Tony E
Sat, 11/04/2006 - 9:20pm

how about Elmira and Flint putting up 7 each against Muskegon and Kzoo?

Sat, 11/04/2006 - 9:21pm

Here's another question: Will we ever see more than 5 minutes of 5 on 5?

Jonathan Koorsen
Sat, 11/04/2006 - 9:23pm

I went to my first game this year @ the Quad Cities on Fri. and I couldn't believe the amount the penalities being called. It slowed down the pace so much that it felt like it took forever for the game to get over.