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Blake Sebring
Sun, 01/25/2009 - 12:15pm

Maybe today Komets coach Al Sims should complain that his team can't get anything done on the power play or how they never seem to win back-to-back road games.

One night after Sims complained about how his team can't seem to finish around the net, the Komets nailed every shot.

After struggling to score for the last month, the Komets buried the International Hockey League's hottest team on Saturday night, pounding the Muskegon Lumberjacks 10-3. It's the first time the Komets have scored 10 goals in a road game since April 13, 1995 when they did it in a playoff game against Peoria.

"Everything that didn't go in last night went in tonight, and everybody got in on the act," Sims said. "It was one of those quirky games."

Nine different Komets scored goals, and goaltender Nick Boucher kept his hot hand going as well, making 33 saves. Over his last five games, Boucher is 3-0-2 with a goals against average under 2.00 and a .940 save percentage.

"We only gave up three goals, but Bouch played tremendous," Sims said. "He had a lot of tough chances, and he definitely kept us going when the game could have gotten tight."

The Komets got huge nights from the duo of Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn and Rick Varone. Versteeg-Lytwyn scored a goal and five assists, and Varone had two goals and three assists. Leo Thomas had two goals and an assist, and Sean O'Connor and P.C. Drouin each had a goal and two assists. Mathieu Curadeau, Guy Dupuis and Maxime Gravelle also scored goals for Fort Wayne. Emergency-signee Ryan Potts also scored his first two assists of the season.

The Komets are now 3-0-2 over their last five games heading into today's 5 p.m. contest at last-place Bloomington. The Lumberjacks had been 6-1-2 since the new year and were 4-0-2 at home. Because of injuries, both teams were playing with only 14 skaters. The Komets actually played with 13, as Danko Mironivic dressed but did not skate.

"They are finding out what life is like for the Komets," Sims joked.

The win pushes the Komets two points up on the Lumberjacks and into a second-place tie with Kalamazoo. Both teams have 48 points and trail first-place Port Huron by four points. The IceHawks play at Muskegon today, while Kalamazoo hosts Flint. The Komets and IceHawks have played 41 games so far, the Wings 39 and the Lumberjacks 37.

"Hopefully we can score some goals tomorrow," Sims said. "A game like this is going to help because a lot of guys who have been struggling managed to get on the board tonight and that should help their confidence."

The Komets are 7-3-2 over their last 12 road games and 12-7-2 on the road overall this season.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 01/25/2009 - 2:02pm

The B2 coverage had replays and lots of odd cartoon logos all night. Someone better let ESPN know that B2 is a run-away freight train headed up the mountain. The replays were a nice touch. I am very happy that there is a place to watch the Komets on the road.

Hope the K's come out strong again tonight. Bloomington has a new goalie too, wonder if they might nail him for 3 goals on 3 shots tonight to welcome him?

Sun, 01/25/2009 - 2:36pm

i would look for varone and v-l to stay hot while the power play duo of PC and Guy will be on fire.