According to IHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Brad Jones, defenseman Sergei Durdin was suspended and fined for Sunday's game as the result of his knee-to-knee hit with Port Huron's Brent Hughes and that's the extent of the discipline.
The Komets have now won eight games in a row after beating Port Huron 3-1 on Sunday, which also clinches a playoff spot. Their lead over Flint is 27 points with 16 games left in the Fort Wayne schedule. The magic number for clinching the Huber Trophy as IHL regular-season champions is down to nine points.
The Komets got goals from David Hukalo, Evgeny Saidachev and Mitch Woods.
Fort Wayne played without defenseman Sergei Durdin who had a suspension after his knee-to-knee hit with Port Huron's Brett Hughes on Saturday night. Hughes may be done for the season.
Some random thoughts:
* The Komets think by the time all the money is gathered, around $10,000 will have been raised tonight for the families of fallen soliders. That's fantastic.
* Grant Richison looks like he could still play.
* How much has Jake Pence improved. He's probably been the Komets' best defenseman during the last two or three weeks.
* Bet Sergei Durdin is going to have to sit out a bunch of games for that knee-on-knee hit with Brent Hughes.
The Komets lead 4-1 after two but they could be in a bit of trouble. With defenseman Sergei Durdin serving a five-minute major for kneeing (it was ugly), Komets defenseman Kevin Bertram was called for boarding, giving the IceHawks 1:58 of a two-man advantage to start the third period. Durdin will likely be suspended for a while after this one.
Bertram also had to know that referee Scott Bokal was looking to make a call like that. The Komets have had a five-on-three earlier in the period and scored twice on it to take a 3-1 lead, and then scored just after a power play ended.
Port Huron certainly isn't intimidated by the sellout crowd of 10,462, and the IceHawks are doing a pretty good job of skating with the Komets. A turnover in the Fort Wayne zone led to the IceHawks goal by center Jeremy Tucker. The Komets' goal came from a nifty series of plays that culminated in Evgeny Saidachev's seventh goal of the year.
I thought the Komets looked like they ran out of gas a little during the second half of the first period. The Komets played last night in Muskegon, and the IceHawks had the night off.
That second period? That's exactly how they looked in practice yesterday.
Can you believe that Mathieu Curadeau now has as many goals as Luciano Aquino, and 24 of the 28 have come at even strength? We might be watching the next Komet to play eventually in the NHL. When scouts come in, they aren't looking for guys who can be first-line players, they look for third-liners. The knock against Curadeau coming in was that he was all defense and no offense. I think he's corrected that. He and David Hukalo might be the most consistent players every night for the Komets.
There's little doubt Flint is the only team in the IHL that can skate with the Komets. In fact, it looked a little like the Komets were on their heels just after the opening faceoff before Olivier Legault scored off a David Hukalo assist on a two-on-one.
The Komets put Terry Marchant on the 7-day IR before the game with a bruised foot. That allowed them to activate Konstantin Shafranov.
The Komets did not activate Brandon Warner. Don't be shocked if he stays on the IR long enough so that he doesn't reach the 60-game mark this season so he'd retain his rookie status for next year.
Coach Al Sims today said he's changing up the forward lines a little. He's keeping P.C. Drouin with Colin Chaulk and Mitch Woods, and putting Luciano Aquino with Terry Marchant and Matt Reynolds. Could work out great for both lines.
Brandon Warner and Konstantin Shafranov also looked good in practice today and could come off IR at any time.
You can also read today's story here.
The league decided to go with Lucas Drake of Kalamazoo who had three goals and nine points in four games. He was plus-4. He also just came off the IR.
P.C. Drouin had five goals and eight points in three games and was plus-5.
The Komets were not neglected, though, as Guy Dupuis was named Defenseman of the Month, Mathieu Curadeau the Rookie of the Month and Nick Boucher the Goaltender of the Month for February.
Kidding, kidding. Aquino is the team's leading scorer, but you've got to like what P.C. Drouin did over the weekend playing on the line with Colin Chaulk and Mitch Woods, four goals and six points. They were all plus-3 today in a 5-2 win over Flint.
Some interesting numbers: Since Drouin signed Nov. 23, he's averaged 1.2 points per game and the Komets have gone 32-7-3. Those are MVP type numbers for Drouin.