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Tailing the Komets

What's the difference?

I'm at the Notre Dame-Michigan State game at the coliseum, and you guys think IHL refs make too many calls? College refs call EVERYTHING. Power play after power play.

So what's the difference between IHL and college hockey? In college everyone hustles, even the linesmen. The players don't handle the puck as well so there's more opportunity for hitting because they don't move it as well. They aren't as skilled with their feet catching passes, either. It's a different kind of game.

There's maybe 2,500 fans here. Not as big a crowd as a Komets' exhibition game. Oh, and the music is pretty much the exact same thing you'd hear at Kom

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Sun, 11/22/2009 - 7:05pm

I dislike refs

Blake Sebring
Sun, 11/22/2009 - 7:14pm

Unless they are buying.

Sun, 11/22/2009 - 7:47pm

The only thing Burgee likes are Foo Foo's. One in each hand!

Sun, 11/22/2009 - 7:48pm

Look like around 5000 to me. blake were you looking out of one eye? i agree about the hustle, every shift they go balls out!

Sun, 11/22/2009 - 8:11pm

music is way different. not the 60s and 70s we have to listen to

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 11/22/2009 - 8:13pm

The Komet v. QC game was a very good game tonight. I b2'd it and for it being a Sunday 3rd game of 3 days, I have to say the skating was great and the action was high. Both teams went hard all game. Guy had 2 goals, Chaulk 3 assists, and PC Buddy had the only shootout goal to win it. Great job Komets!!! 4 point weekend after a tough one Friday night. Chewy looked good again. Hukalo is looking awesome, he is the difference maker we have been missing. He was camping in front of the net all night, and is playing physical. I like what I am seeing from the K's. 2 great roadies this weekend.

Sun, 11/22/2009 - 8:18pm

If the k's could just find a curadeau or hodgman i think that would put them above the rest.

Blake Sebring
Sun, 11/22/2009 - 8:26pm

Announced tickets out were 3,572 and not everyone was there so you must have been looking cross-eyed. There was a lot less there than for a Komets exhibition game.

Hit Somebody!!!
Sun, 11/22/2009 - 8:55pm

I think once everyone is back in the fold, this team will be solid as heck. There are some tough decisions coming here soon. at least 2 guys will have to be cut. And if Syro comes back, which I am doubting right now, 3 guys will have to go. I think Chewy is as good of a find as anyone would hope for. He has played hard every shift he has been out there...and he will start scoring. Al needs to find the right line combos to compliment these guys. Once that happens....Lookout!!!

Sun, 11/22/2009 - 9:27pm

too bad i am still hearing that Notre Dame fight song in my head and its 3 hours after the game!! At least they are good at one sport!!!!

Blake Sebring
Sun, 11/22/2009 - 10:48pm

I still believe, and I've said it all year, that if the Komets get everybody on the roster healthy, no team can matchup with them. They just won't have the depth. Now, that said, Centomo could be a major difference maker for Muskegon. That's a big upgrade, and Rich Kromm will make the other players better by the end of the year. Can anyone believe the Komets are doing this well with so many young defensemen? It's amazing.

Blake Sebring
Sun, 11/22/2009 - 10:48pm

Komets are still expecting Syro to return at some point.

Blake Sebring
Sun, 11/22/2009 - 10:49pm

All I can say is thank goodness USC doesn't have a hockey team. You'd have both those songs ringing in your ears until Christmas.

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 7:45am

Blake, the clinic for the kids was awesome. Every one of those players came out after an intense practice and I think they had just as much fun as the kids. The kids did Norte Dame drills and the coach treated it as if it was a REAL practice. Great PR move on the universities part.

Batman W/O mask
Mon, 11/23/2009 - 7:56am

Colts WIN + Komets WIN+ mightbite on vacation OPPS,Batman W/O mask= COOL

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 8:01am

One thing I noticed, that others sitting around me seemed to agree with, is that the players for both MSU and ND shot the puck! Many times as soon as the puck hit the tape on their sticks they were taking a shot. We are definitely missing that on the Komets. Sometimes I think they are more interested in making the pretty, perfect pass, then getting an opportunity to score. Granted, the players may not have a great angle, but you can always hope for a rebound. But, in order to do that, you would like to have someone in front of the net. Now since I've got that off my chest, back to college hockey. Here is my question. How many of the ND and MSU players have already been drafted? Both teams had talent, and it was a fun game to watch. It makes me excited for March and the regional games they will have here.

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 10:08am

Blake, would you do me a favor and ask David Franke what the timetable is for Syro? Right now I don't care if he even comes back but I think Norfolk should let the K's know so the Franke's can plan their roster moves. As of this morning Norfolk had 14 forwards listed on their roster. (That list includes Syro.) The Komets have 12 forwards listed on their roster and Syro is one of them. I'm not sure I like the way the K's are playing the 30 day IR "game". I know the reasons for doing it but I don't believe the Komets team will have any continuity until the roster is settled and Sims can establish his lines and the players can get used to one another. The way this season has played out so far I think we will see a number of roster changes. ( I think some will be very surprising). I would not be surprised for a veteran or two to be let go. I would not be surprised to see Varone gone soon. The K's started the season with 8 veterans and at one time had 7-8 rookies on the roster. The salary cap had forced the K's (with that many "favorite veterans") to have to sign a lot of rookies and maybe they should have looked at more "tweeners". "Chewy" was a great addition and David Franke needs to be congratulated for signing him. Their defense has been so good that I just can't imagine how great this team would be with more offense. The State needs to put out an Amber Alert for the Komet offense. (Just because they scored 3 against Bloomington and Quad City does not mean their offense has woken up.) Other than that, I feel fine about the season.

Blake Sebring
Mon, 11/23/2009 - 10:19am

I talked to him yesterday, Alan, and he said they hope to find out more this week on Syro, but it's really out of their hands. They always sign a lot of rookies. Last year they played the IR game all the way to first place, so it's not something new to them. It gets old, but it seems to work.

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 10:21am

I remember one smart fellow who said Syro wouldn't be back for awhile the day it was announced he would be gone for a "weekend" hmmmm who was that? ;)
Really they may not know when he is coming back. If he fills a need Norfolk would have no reason to send him back. I would say as long as they have room for him and he isn't doing anything to hurt their team, he isn't going anywhere.

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 1:33pm

it was either Big Bird or Oscar the Grouch

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 2:50pm

Thanks, Blake. Yea, I know they usually sign a bunch of rookies but this year they had also signed a full compliment of veterans. Usually they go into the season with one or two spots open to give them some leeway in case some "plum" appears available. This year the only non-Komet veteran signed was Stayzer as they brought back Chaulk, Hukalo, Drouin, Thomas, Bertram, Dupuis, and Shafranov. (Who could blame them for wanting back those guys?).....back to your original question regarding the ND-Mich State game....I thought it was a very entertaining game. Those kids hustle all the time. I was particularly impressed with the ND power play. Twice in the second period they cycled the puck around and found a wide open man in the slot which provided them with a point blank shot on goal. It was a set play and every ND player knew where to go and what to do in order to get the man open. The only problem with the game was that people would not wait for a whistle to leave or come back to their seats and I had a family in front of me that let their kids stand and play on their seats which really annoyed me and some other people. Parents- if you are going to take little three and four year olds to the game, WATCH them instead of watching the game and making others put up with the crap. Better yet, get a babysitter.....I thought the crowd was a pretty good size considering that both teams had to travel and it was a hard game for both student bodies to get to. The crowd was mostly made up of parents of the team, fans curious of seeing NCAA hockey, youth hockey players and their parents and Komet fans interested in seeing two quality college programs.....Oh, and maybe the reason you thought there were so many penalties called was because there were two referees instead of one like in the "I".

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 2:53pm

Wow i just mean wow this just proves that Komets fans are Komets fans not hockey fans. These players are way more skilled...there is a reason that the top scout from every NHL team was in the building. some of these players will make the NHL unlike the Komet players ever did and dont give that bull crap about P.C. making it because just tell me how many games he played. The franke's really do a good job of making the horrible hockey league )the IHL) look like it is a good league when people think that future NHLers are less skilled then players that never made it or will never make it that's just hilarious. Brandon Warner, who is a good IHL player (if he would stop getting injured) played at MSU for 4 years and only played 45 games...not because he was injured but because he was not as good as the other players on his team that are now playing in the NHL or real legit hockey leagues. the refs did not call to many penalties. it was just weird seeing penalties at the coliseum because the IHL lets everything go. the way the game is played in the IHL is horrible. the amount of holding hooking and interference let go is why the IHL will never be a developmental league for the NHL because it is just goon hockey Komets fans take your blinders off and realize that the IHL is a horrible league with horrible hockey, and please tell Ian Cole on Noter Dame when he is a top 3 defenseman for the Blues and a top d-man in the league thay he is unskilled.

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 5:05pm

Wow, and I mean Wow! Can someone tell me the comment that set off Ctdangles34? I re-read all of the comments and all I saw were compliments of the game, talent, and action. Did I miss a post in which someone said these players were unskilled? To lash out at Komet fans like you did was uncalled for. To accuse them of not being "hockey" fans is just wrong, and to insult the IHL, its players, coaches, and loyal fans is extremely petty. Ctdangles34, you have every right to express your opinion. You also have every right not to attend any Komet or IHL games. I don't think we will miss either one.

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 5:14pm

I support Alan's thoughts.

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 5:15pm

I believe we found the Oscar that Burgee was speaking of.

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 5:27pm

Ctdangles34 (Ian Cole's Mommy) - Reality will set in for all of the NCAA players, and more so their families, once they graduate and try to turn pro. There was maybe one player on the ice who will make the NHL, a handful who will play Minor Pro, and the majority who will give pro a try but quit within a year. It's easy for an average NCAA player to show his skill in a college game, it's another thing when you are playing against men. The Komets have a great mix of toughness and skill, veterans and rookies, but they are all men. Great hockey, completely different from the coillege game, but so is the NHL. Sorry the posters on this site didn't worship your boy the way you do, but they will give him a fair shake a few years down the road when you call begging for a tryout for your little precious.

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 5:35pm

Hockeysfuture gives Cole a "C" - May reach potential, could drop 2 ratings - has shown some flashes, but may ultimately not have what it takes to reach his potential. Very few "C" players make the NHL, never mind a top defensive pairing. He will be 21 in February, an age when "Top Defenceman" are already leading their NHL teams, not playing against 18 year olds in college. The Franke's are going to love putting you in your place in a few years.

Blueline Baby
Mon, 11/23/2009 - 5:39pm

No kidding....I seriously wonder why people who are so vehemently opposed to the IHL bother to come on here an trash this league, the team, and certain players? Just to try to rile us? Do they seriously think they are going to sway anyone's opinion and get us to dump the team? If anything, you have strengthened my loyalty to the team with your comments, Ctdangles34. Well, at least you are a hockey fan. So to that, I say, enjoy the rest of the hockey season. I hope your team, whoever that is, does well, and I hope you are able to get to a few games to see them. I'll be happy here at 30-some home games seeing my team and a few road games if I am lucky enough to manage it cheering on my favorite team. Happy hockey season to you!! ;)

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 5:42pm

CT34 is not a hockey fan but an Ian Cole fan.

Mon, 11/23/2009 - 5:51pm

Relax everyone, there's no reason to make this personal.