Eddie Long, Grant Richison, Bob Chase and I at Komet Kuarters from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.
I did some research and come to the conclusion that this truly is the golden age in Komets history.
The Komets are trying to win 40 or more games for the ninth time in 10 years. They will have less than 30 losses for the 10th year in a row and will earn 90 or more points for the seventh year in a row, matching the seven from 1983 to 1989. They were trying to win 50 or more games for the fifth time in six years, but they'll miss that. Before this string, they had only four 50-win seasons in their history.
Nov. 13 is the last time this season when the Komets were in first place before tonight. That was nine games into the season and now there are nine games left. It's been a pretty remarkable 58 games inbetween.
"It's been a long chase for our team," Komets coach Al Sims said. "Since (November) we've been battling to get back to this spot, and everybody should be congratulated in that room because people were writing us off at the end of January and February, wondering if we were going to make the playoffs. It's a big deal for our hockey team."
* Colin Chaulk played on a line with Rick Varone and either Olivier Legault or Sean O'Connor during practice. O'Connor is not yet ready to return to the lineup. Chaulk played mostly center, but he also took a few shifts on the wing with either Varone or O'Connor at center.
Maybe the most interesting part of the game was Kevin Bertram going a little nuts on referee Tim Mayer for a cheap boarding call. Mayer was obviously reffing the scoreboard and not the game most of the night, and Bert had had enough.
This was the game in hand the Komets had on Port Huron, and as importantly, they picked up a point on third-place Muskegon which lost in a shootout at Kalamazoo. With 10 games left, the Komets trail Port Huron by one point
KAROL "ROY" CHIN, 74, of Fort Wayne, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2009, at his home. Born in Jamaica, he was an Engineer with Inter-national Harvester for 28 years, retiring in 1994. He was actively involved in youth sports; he spent 49 years as a hockey official, volunteering his time to mentoring others.
We talked with Colin Chaulk after the game to do next week's video, and he said he'll be ready to play Wednesday night at home. He may not be ready to play a regular shift, but he's ready to go.
As for tonight's game, am I nuts, or did the Komets not play all that poorly defensively? Sure, Port Huron got 53 shots, but it seemed to me that most of them were from the points or the perimeter and the Komets did a pretty good job of clear
And they are darn lucky to be up. They were out-shot 18-4 in the first period, and only a sneaky goal by David Hukalo got through Ryan Mior. Nick Boucher has been amazing so far.
The Komets have brought in defenseman Keith Rodger from American International for a looksee. He's 6-0, 190 pounds, had one assist and 18 penalty minutes in 22 games this season and was minus-12.
Long-time local hockey official Roy Chin passed away at his home Thursday afternoon following a prolonged battled with cancer. He was 74.
After a 49-year career as an official, Chin retired last summer. He is survived by his five sons, including former Komet great Colin Chin, and 10 grandchildren. Services have not been determined at this time.