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Tailing the Komets

End of Saturday's game


Sun, 04/19/2015 - 7:18am

What a great two games 2 watch. .loved them and loved the Komets. ..wow way 2 go..K's!!!

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 7:32am

Anybody see Tam's elbowing?  Did it look suspension-worthy?

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 9:41am

From our vantage point it looked as if Meurs "kicked" the puck in.  Tarnaris was right there, called it a goal immediately. I thought it was going to be overturned.

Speaking of Tarnaris,  whenever he is on the ice "confusion" seems to reign.  Obviously when a stoppage of play occurs, the p.a. (Larry) informs the crowd of the reason.  But when Tarnaris is the referee, Larry has to EXPLAIN to the crowd what had happened (because controversy has erupted with the original call and it is going to be changed).  He had more conferences with his linesmen than than a parent on parent-teacher night.

It happens over and over again with this guy.

I enjoyed viewing the above video.  But we must realize that sometime on or before, April 29th, all of these guys are going to line up and shake hands. 

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 11:16am

I agree that these last 2 games have been a lot of fun to watch. 2 of the best games I have seen in awhile from start to finish. The intensity has been there, the hitting has been there, the scoring has been there, but where are the fans??? It is disappointing that we are only getting a little over 5000 a night. I thought having these games on Friday and Saturday would bring out the normal 7000-8000. Yes the weather is nice and yes the Tincaps where playing Friday night but its the playoffs, and there should be fans in the seats. So the question is, what can be done? Better marketing / promotions? Better ticket pricing? I don't have the answer, its just disappointing to see the building half full when there is a really good product on the ice.

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:23pm

anonymous- crowds are about normal for this time of year going back 25 years.  I think we are actually up from last years playoffs attendence. The crowds get bigger as we get closer to the finals. Its always the same pattern. Too bad too. Its the best hockey of the year.

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:50pm

It has always been explained to me that group sales,etc. make up a lot of attendance reported.  Since playoff dates are relatively late being made public, plans to attend games for groups are at a disadvantage.  As the playoffs progress, interest in the games increases as does the attendance.  Until it was explained to me, I also wondered why playoff crowds decreased when compared to the regular season.  The explanation seemed logical.

There was a lot of "preening" and "posturing" after the game.  I would expect (as I'm sure the Komets do)  that Kalamazoo will come out smoking in their own building, in front of their own fans, down 2-0 in games.

One thing to consider:  If the Meurs goal would've been disallowed, and the game continued on the same path, there would've been no reason to pull Martin for the extra attacker.  The game may have gone into overtime tied at 0-0.  Who knows what may have happened?

And one more thing.  Entering into the Coliseum I noticed that the "program" had Ouellet on the cover.  Couldn't help feeling the irony since he had been placed on reserve for the game.

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 1:39pm

Chase just got (another) shoutout by Doc for his 500th playoff game. Way to go Chaser!!!

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 2:01pm

The main reason for the lack of attendance in the playoffs is the fact that they raised prices for playoffs. Cheapest ticket I can get with a student discount is $13 for a nosebleed seat, an adult nosebleed ticket is $15. And on top of that you can't move seats anymore without the risk of getting your ticket checked. Instead of rewarding fans and boosting the playoff atmosphere by lowering prices or having some kind of promotion, or at least keep them the same, they raise the prices and make it even harder to afford watching the best hockey there is. Not every fan no matter how passionate can afford to pay that. It makes me feel very uncared about as a fan. Despite this I will be attending every playoff game, go Komets!

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 4:45pm

While I would never deny the fact that increased ticket prices may have an effect on playoff attendance, the Komets raise ticket prices for the playoffs every year.

Maybe some promotion could be held to encourage greater attendance (seems like a while back they had dollar beer available), but they don't control concessions or food.

Last night, Toledo (which has had playoff hockey teams for years and years) enjoyed their largest playoff crowd in Toledo history (5767).

By contrast Fort Wayne had 5290.

Florida had 3261.

South Carolina had 2790.

Tulsa had 3092.

Utah had 3476.

Rapid city had 2986.

As the Komets survive deeper in the playoffs, Fort Wayne fans will fill the place up. 

If anyone has ideas on how to fill the coliseum, I'm sure that Sproat would love to hear it.  Personally, I've always looked at attendance as (if there were 5290, like last night), it meant that there were 5110 empty seats.

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:50am


Remember that the announced attendance represents tickets issued, not humans through the "turnstiles", so probably substantially more than 5100 empty seats.

Blake Sebring
Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:25pm

Actually, not true, Ron. Player bonuses are based on playoff attendance which is reported to the coliseum to the Komets and then announced.

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 2:10pm

So, Blake, different than the regular season?  Good to know.

Blake Sebring
Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:12pm

Actually, Komets have been reporting just tickets used in attendance this year for every game.

Player bonuses are also why playoff tickets cost more.