Expect Wichita to come back hard and early in tonight's game. Russo will also be better after a shaky first game. I'd normally say Komets have to be more disciplined with their penalties, but maybe not. That's how ineffective Wichita's power play is right now. It's fascinating to watch. Thunder had seven pp chances and the Komets only two in Game 1, but I can't say that referee Peter Tarnaris got any of the calls wrong. They were legitimate penalties against the Komets, often to save scoring chances. It might even be part of the Komets' gameplan because they understand Wichita's power-play problems. Maybe not. Nobody on Komets' side is talking about that.
I would expect the Komets to have better legs tonight, too. It's pretty amazing how much better Fort Wayne's defense seems to be than Wichita's, at least in Game 1. We'll see if that changes tonight. Komets just seem to have much more skill on the blue line, and that was a big factor last night.