To a point. The Komets had a much better all-around effort, but they still made some key mistakes at critical times. To me, it looks like their confidence is shaken. The forwards don't trust the defensemen and the goaltenders, and the defensemen don't trust that the forwards are going to get back to help out, which is even more critical when you're playing with four defenseman or five that includes two who have never even practiced with the team. Everybody is trying to do everybody else's job.
The scary thing is I think the injuries are not going to let up for a while. Shawn Smith and Jason Kean are out indefinitely with concussions, Damir Brujic and Brett Rumble won't be back until at least mid-December, and a few other players are going to the doctor on Monday to get checked out.
Just be glad you aren't paying the Komets' workers comp insurance. That must be awful.
On the other hand, I don't think there's any doubt that Rockford is now the Komets' biggest rival in the UHL. It started last year even before the seven-game playoff series, but the intensity is definitely there now. How about Danny Stewart and Billy Tibbetts going at it off the opening faceoff? Or Lance Galbraith and Chaz Johnson two minutes in?
This is great, something the Komets and the fans need, Rivalries can only be built through the playoffs, which is one reason why the games with Muskegon aren't that big a deal. The Fury have dominated in the playoffs, so the Komets are still trying to reach their level. Komets fans used to say Quad City was their biggest rival, but that hasn't been true for a couple of years, while the Rockford games are only getting better and are something to look forward to.