Komets can't overcome slow start(s)
Announced crowd of 5,663. Blake, in his story, says less than 4,000. I'm with Blake. It was the smallest crowd I've seen in at least five years.
Shrock was correct in that the penalty kill needed to be better. However, one of your best penalty killers is thrown out of the game, you have to kill off a five minute major, fatigue starts to build in, and you can understand how bad things can happen.
I thought the K's ( even without Chaulk ) were better than Missouri. The second period was a waste as the K's really didn't do too much.
I liked their hustle, their desire, and the fact that they didn't give up. A 3-0 deficit earlier in the year would have been just too much to overcome. You can sense an attitude and confidence shift from earlier in the season.
OK, Curadeau is ready to play on Friday. Who gets IR'd to make room for him?
I appreciate both Lardner and Lapointe more and more every game. Patrosso is also contributing with his play and one can tell what a skilled player he is.
I shouldn't think this but I've got a feeling this team is about ready to rocket their way up the standings. They may not be there just yet, but I feel they are very close and could be a team of "destiny".
Anybody else sense this?
Alan, I have to agree, I have had that feeling since we saw them play in Dayton a couple weeks ago. Some people on here to do not realize that even if we are the top of the standings we are still going to lose games. Most of the people that blog on here expect the Komets to win every game and in reality it will never happen. However, they are playing as a team now and they are starting to really gel and if they have great efforts as they did last night, I am ok with the loss.
I do have to say that the pass from Patrosso to Musselwhite for the 4th goal was beautiful. Again this is a team that is finaly playing like a team and I see big things coming.
Sort of...kind of...but not really...
When you're at the bottom, there's no other place to go but up.
All the talent is there, always has been. I think the wrong players were brought in, as talented as they were, to fit in with Sims' systems. I think that's what the Frankes have been fishing for, for the past couple of months, maybe even longer. I think they're starting to get the right guys and things are starting to click more than they have, for sure.
I just don't buy into "destiny" and "fate". I'm not saying people who believe in those things are jaded or whatever; there's nothing wrong with believing in that stuff. That's just not me. Like I said, I just think they are starting to get the right guys with the right attitude to work with Sims.
Thanks, Janice. I'm glad you are sensing the same thing as I am.
I don't know for sure but I gather that Evansville must have beaten Colorado last night. If that is true then Colorado would have 13 losses. The division is beating each other up and that means with a small run the K's could gain ground quickly.
Finally, on another thread someone posted about the first period penalties that MacMillan took last night. It was written as if that kind of action could have been here in Fort Wayne and blame the Franke's for it not happening. What I'm wondering is, did Idaho win the hockey game? To me, winning is the important thing.
Idaho lost in a shootout. They picked up a loser point.
Hmmmmm, lets see, Curadeau out, Warner out and OC just now back in, but we were winning with them sitting on the bench....what does that say?
Team on the rise - yes they should be; talent has always been there...agree they cannot win every game but.
Tab a great find.
Thanks Nick for keeping it only to 5 goals.
Like everyone else I think that the team is much more solid now. The people playing are all sufficiently talented, and are starting to put in the required effort. As Alan says, the second period of the last game was a waste. A little more effort and we may have overtaken Missouri. Why wait unltil the last five minutes to bump up the pressure?
One real bright side lately is that we haven't had as many major screw-ups and outright give-aways. Previously all that the opposing teams needed to do was play relatively sound hockey and then wait for the Komets to cough up the puck at critical moments. It's nice to see this factor diminish. This may or may not be associated with the absence of our Huntertown native.
Still a way to go if they are going to make a successful playoff run, but at least the games are staring to get enjoyable again. Now, if we could only change or get rid of the pre-game and post-game video and song stuff. It's really starting to get old. I liked Dandy Don, but the tribute to him, and Willy Nelson, has been sufficiently paid.
You know you could always show up after the opening face off and leave before the final horn and you wouldn't have to "put up" with any of that...