Why is it that whenever there's a significant delay to starting a game, the home team always falls flat on its face? Is it because the fans are impatient after waiting? Do the players lose their focus in the locker room while waiting? No one had any answers after the game tonight, but it always seems to happen.
Remember in 1999-2000 when Ohio won 12 games the entire season? I can't even remember the nickname, that's how relevant that team was, but they came into Fort Wayne on Dec. 28, got there like 90 minutes late and still beat the Komets 2-1. If I remember correctly, it ended a long losing streak for Ohio, too.
I know the Komets have done it a few times in recent years at Rockford and Port Huron, too.
Last night it was only a 15-minute delay, but I was on Quad City radio with Aaron Roof and I said the delay would kill the Komets. They sure came out flat.
Sure, say the theory may be hogwash, but why does it always happen?
Tonight's game, on both sides, was also a perfect example of why UHL officials need to start calling it when players dive. That was ridiculous. When a players' stick smacks the ice, that's a dive. When his knees hit first, that's a dive. Some of the players had better twirling moves tonight than Icy had during his Nutcracker rendition. When they stick their hands together with arms extended it's a dive. I swear I saw a couple of players hold their noses before they hit the ice.
The sad thing was, they got the call more often than not. That was awful.