Horrible first period, and bad penalties in the third cost the Komets.
Hmmmm..no comment on Will's goaltending based on Shane's commentary last night? Will sounds so up and down..3 goals on 5 shots!
Still would like to have Nagle.
From what I saw last night, nothing he could have done on four of the five goals. Total defensive breakdowns and a five-on-three. First two goals were because NOBODY got back. Nagle would have had the same problem.
I thought offensively the Komets had plenty of pressure. To let Wheeling score after they tied it 4-4 was unexcuseable . In the first period they just did not get off the bus until late in the first period( coach's responsiblity to not start flat). Stupid penalties late in the game. We dominated them at even strength after the first ten minutes of no show.
Also, Morgan Ellis is killing them at the wrong time. Both last night and in Fort wayne. He is a very good player and I cannot understand why he is still with Wheeling and not higher up.
Has anyone notice how poorly Evansville has been playing( zero shots in the first period last night!!!) and how well Indy has been playing( after many trades)?
And some of you wonder why I say they need to get Schrock back ASAP. They need leadership.
Blake is right about the team needing it's captain back. It was very clear that the guys were not happy with the officiating. And to be fair the officiating was absolutely horrible in the third period. Krug's boarding call was a flop and unless he is wearing a jersey with someone else's name on the back, that call will go against hime everytime. Will got run and he said it was coincidental contact. The linesman tried to get players killed behind the goal after messing up the hybrid icing rule twice. Both going against the Komets even though the K's beat them to the space and the puck. Those calls were important because I don't remember a single face off won by the K's in the final 5 minutes of the game. The chirping to the officials by the Komets led to this. They need a leader.
This isn't going to be very popular, but I have to comment.
Didn't they enjoy the best record in the league (until the last seven game stretch) without Schrock's "leadership"? Now don't everyone blow up, I recognize the fact that he is well liked on the team, and hence, guys pay attention to him. But to all of a sudden think the change in fortune would be "healed" simply by his prescence is a little simplistic.
I would allow the fact that leadership may be missing. (It shouldn't be, considering the players on this roster). But I think I'd look more at the roster changes to pin down the problems. Quite simply when Syzdlowski, Faille, and Nagle left (basically at the same time), it was too much to overcome.
Nothing is more important than Schrock's eyesight. Nothing. But what is to prevent him from standing behind the bench (with a "cage" on if necessary) to help the team maintain an even keel?
Penalties have been a constant thorn (especially third period penalties) all year. Can't blame the officiating all the time for something that has plagued the team all year.
They would have won the game (probably) Friday without the 5-3 powerplay goal against and the powerplay goal resulting from a stupid penalty from Meurs late in the game.
If Meurs' problem is his temper, than this teams needs a psychologist more than a "leader".
Oh, and a goal from Petryk might be nice every now and again also.