Komets are going to stick with Kevin Reiter in net. Would you prefer him or Nick Boucher?
I'm not as down on Reiter as everyone else seems to be, but at the same time Boucher is pretty solid between the pipes. Reiter also has a win against RC that Bouch doesn't. Start Reiter, if things go south, put Boucher in.
I'm not sure how true this is, but did Nick's dad fly down from Canada to watch the game last night and Bouch didn't even get in? Wonder if he'll stick around to see another Reiter game on Friday??
Record speaks for it Reiter 1 - 0, Boucher 0 - 4.
Great third period for the K's... Rapid City took thier foot off the pettle, started plugging the neutral zone and thats when the K's got thier wind back. I love how the Rush always have a body in front of the goalie, nand the K's started to have success once they started to as well...
I would stay with Rieter...
Can the K's beat the Rush if they dont get 4 PP goals a game?
How will these teams react if they get a ref who actually calls a playoff style game?
I thought Cescon did a great job of staying in Reaney's grill; but keeping his composure while doing so.... He didnt have the best game defensively; but did his job in that aspect.
I love how Colt King signaled to the crowd that Curadeau turtled when he went after him.... Of course what whould be the sign for 'I jumped him from behind'??? lol Cescon jumped on him; but he wanted nothing to do with a guy who can fight........
Great first win....lets see if they can put 2 more together...
Anyone from RC that makes a turtling gesture in a hypocrite.
PC and Chaulk both took bad penalties that they should have walked away from after the whistle. When its do or die you can't allow yourself to be suckered into that crap.
I'll show some respect for the RC goaltender. He spent more time on his feet than any of his teammates.
JR1: Great points on Cescon. He looked like he was in that zone that you usually see him get in just before he beats the crap out of someone, but then he was smart enough to hold back and not get the penalty. Great job, Cescon!
Krug also gets a nod from me playing hurt. Anytime someone gave him some contact on his hurt arm, you could really tell it was bothering him, but he kept coming back out there. I got nervous when I thought he was going to drop the gloves at center ice in the 2nd.
RC has been a fun team to watch. I hate those guys! It's fun having a team like that for a change that I still can't stand even the day after the game. It's not like when we'd beat on Dayton, PH, or Musky and then the game is forgettable by the next morning. I'm still not overly convinced that I should hold my breath for some massive comeback, but last night was still a fun game to watch. My fingers are still crossed though. Leave it all out there K's!
Unbelievable game last night and great job K's. Every year you never cease to impress in the playoffs. As for Friday I don't think it matters much about the goalie as much as the intensity of the players. If only they could feel that sense of urgency at the start of the game as opposed to midway through the third. Bouch seems more calm and stable, but Rides did get the W. So he's the man Friday.
Hats off to PC. He battled the Rush, his own fans, and sometimes his own legs to prove he's still a playoff god. Mele was a nice change of pace and hopefully Tab can get his swagger back by Friday. I love playoff hockey! Go Komets!
I, for one, love Rides! He had no chance on most of the goals last night, but I'm sure if we would have lost, he would have been the scapegoat. Now he's the hero and I love it. He's got a big win behind him and has the momentum, so keep him in there.
I'd just love to see the K's come out hitting everything in sight Friday night, set the tone of the game from the start and play a full 60 minutes of hockey. And please - stop hitting the goalie square in the chest, and keep the Rush out of the crease. Clear them out; especially Colt Queen! Now if only Tab Lardner and Leo Thomas would make an appearance, I'd be especially happy.
Go get 'em boys! One shift, one period, one game at a time. I believe!!! Go K's!!!
Great game K's. Watching the hitting in the first period brought back fond memories of years gone by.
I for one was ready to leave when they went down 4-1 but my wife suggested we stay at least thru 5 minute mark....glad we stayed to see it all thru.
I am a big Boucher fan but cannot argue with the outcome...I say leave Reiter in.
Mele was great to watch, fast, not afraid to hit, handled the puck well and added value to the team.
Whats wrong with Patrosso? Saw him coming in to the building at 6:45 in streets.
Nothing is wrong with him except being invisible on the scoresheet...that's why they made the move to Mele. I was a little worried about a unproven player making their first pro start in a game we must win, but man was I wrong! Mele came out hitting everything and everyone. Just goes to show Sims might have a little more of an idea of what to do than some of us...but we would never agree!
Sims went out on a limb last night and if it didn't work out, fans wouldn't be happy till his blood was running in the streets...lets give him his due for pushing the right buttons to make it to Friday!
If this teams plays like we know they can, they can hang with anyone!!! STILL Gotta Believe!!!
Rieter has a win the only one we have agianst them so id go with him for the start!
Rapid City had 10 Powerplays. Fort Wayne had 8. Next excuse.
Zierke Boy -
Official game sheet shows 10 PPs for RC and 8 for FTW. RC also got 3 OT PPs. If anything, the ref gave RC every chance to win that game. Did he miss some calls? Absolutely. But for once in this series the game was somewhat under control. It was a great hockey game as I'm sure Friday will be as well. May the best team win.
Start Reiter and hope our vets stop with the penalties that should have cost them the season.
Really??? Zierke boy??? Are you whining because your team didn't score on it's power play chances. Like everyone else said, you guys had 3 power plays in OT..what more do you want??? Look at your team's special teams before you blame the officiating!!! Seriously, get a grip!!!!
I don't think zierkeboy is whinning just asking politically correct questions.
Anybody know what the deal was with Reiter slamming the scoring table glass during that final timeout in the 3rd period? As for tommorow night I say Boucher..
Yes my husband let me in on that after I typed it.... I had hoped you weren't supporting that type of comment. Thought you were on here because you thought it was a good blog that had good hockey talk on it. How is that good hockey talk?
Oh my apologies. One seems to think that we can dish things out but can't seem to take it.
What did I dish out? I am talking about you...you had said you were on here because it was a great hockey blog. So why stoop to others immaturity? To dish it out? if so okay..i just never understood why people feel they need to do that. Anyway...go with Reiter tomorrow night.
I would like to say Go Rush !!! bring it back to SD. We would enjoy finsihing the fairy tale here.
This makes me glad I'm not a coach.
Someone pointed out the "record" as 1-0 and 0-4. Uh, Bouche is 3-2 in the playoffs. 3-0 at home; and let's not forget the 15-in-a-row (!) at home and 6-0 in elimination games.
That being said, when Reiter started on Wednesday, I figured we were done for. He allowed 3 goals on 13 shots and was giving up some FAT rebounds. He looked a LOT better in the third, so maybe it took him a while to warm up. Not sure.
Reiter did NOT win us that game; even if we did win. Bouche has carried the team before.
I would start Bouche, but I'll root for Reiter as loud and as proud as anyone else.
Reiter did not win the game single-handedly, but he almost single-handedly kept them in the game during the overtimes on those penalty kills. He was amazing during those.
Fro, that sounds a little like a built in excuse to see us win tomorrow...
"uh, yeah we would really like to be forced to a game five so we can know you out in our barn rather than yours.."
Hoss, I will tell you that I am in your barn. Was there last night and will be there again tomorrow night. Boy am I looking forward to it. It's been a excellent series and I would love to see the Rush win tomorrow night but if they don't we'll head it west and wait for the puck to drop on Sunday night. See ya there !!
Oh! I know!!!......Mirasty?! Oops... I would say tough decision. Been going/following K's for 35 yrs now and all I can say about last night is....OHHHHH YEAH!!!!!
Fro, I really hope you had good fans around you and treated you good! If you want, feel free to come up to upper 204 to say hi.
The record I mentioned was versus Rapid City for the year.
mirasty... oops? just signed another AHL deal!
;ust a fan - thanks for the update! Can't wait for tonight!!!!
Frog wait till you see over 10 thousand fans in RC's face. It's something that you can only dream of and will never see in your little town. But those cowbells do make a difference.