You can read Tuesday's story here.
Among others, one thing I am looking forward to is to see the difference in team speed Thursday night. I can't say it enough, and feel if I don't mention it I may jinx the team, but as great an advantage as speed is, it has to be partnered with hard work and belief in the systems. Overconfidence cannot creep into the mindset of the K's. Overconfidence can be a cancer that eats away at effort. I am sure that the leadership shown by Colin Chaulk and others will maintain an even keel.
Yesterday, my good friend Jack, mentioned something to me as we were speaking of team speed. He brought to my attention the question of how good the ice would hold up after the school commencements and the unseasonably warmer temperatures we will have as we get later into the week. While the ice will be the same for both teams, it may be more of a detriment to the faster team.
Special note to Mike in Toronto: Mike, I hope you have been keeping up with the Komets so far (I'm sure you have). You can be especially proud of the way Captain Colin Chaulk has led this team. His phrases "tired is for losers", "we've just made a little noise", and his memory of others cheapening the UHL/IHL titles with their remarks has inspired him to inspire others. Others on the team have been great also, for sure. Still, he is the one , for the most part, keeping their minds on the task at hand. No doubt about the fact that this series still has a long, long way to go, but I wanted to make sure I pointed it out to you.
Hope things are going well with you.
Thanks Alan. An illness in the family keeps me from making the trip for the games in Fort Wayne.
Colin has been the same guy since day one. It takes a whole team to get to the point where the Komets now find themselves. A few of those team members will take inspiration from Colin's leadership not only for this series but for other endeavors they will pursue. That is the beauty of team sports. You can learn from other people just what it takes to be that contributing team member.
I believe that the experience of being down two games in the last series and coming back should be enough to keep the 'Ks focused. Game 3 is obviously the most important game these guys will have played in two seasons. Not game 7 against Missouri that was only Semi-Finals. This is the chance to put the foot on the throat a little harder. Fail and you give them life.
My mom is ill but she would say "don't kick a guy when he is down, kick him twice so he stays down". That was only for the school yard and Arena. LOL.
Good to hear from you, Mike. Sorry to read about your Mother being ill. My family and I will offer up a prayer of healing for her.