Here's a story about the penalty shot, and here's one about all the Fort Wayne fans making the trip for the game.
Muskegon General Manager Tim Taylor estimated there were 650 Fort Wayne fans at the game... The Komets provided a bus so all their office staff and the players' families could attend the game. That's class... Before the game, Komets General Manager David Franke actually warned coach Al Sims about the possibility of Bob Langdon calling a penalty shot... The Komets have out-shot Muskegon 170-108 in the series... After scoring 42 goals in 46 regular-season games, Muskegon's Robin Bouchard has not had a shot on goal the last two games...
I talked with IHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Brad Jones after the game, and he said Bob Langdon called a penalty shot because a reasonable scoring opportunity was taken away. It's a misconception that if a player gets a shot off a penalty shot cannot be called, Jones said.
Mathieu Curadeau just missed getting Fort Wayne's first goal on this first-period play (the puck is beside the goalpost), and Darryl McArthur scored Muskegon's second goal over Nick Boucher's blocker on the second photo. McArthur broke in all alone.
Muskegon's using a forecheck well tonight to throw the Komets off-balance. Komets have made two mistakes, the Lumberjacks scored on both. Muskegon is using 14 skaters, including seven forwards, and I wonder if the Lumberjacks can keep this pace up.
WANE's Ross Kinsey and I will be doing some reports tonight on Channel 15 news at 5 and 6 p.m., and possibly 11 p.m. I'll also be on with Bob on WOWO sometime tonight. He's more excited than a 5-year-old at Christmas.
Here are some options for you tonight if you weren't able to make it.
With the first cast he was wearing on his broken arm, Komets forward P.C. Drouin said he felt fine, but when it came off his arm felt lousy. With the second cast, his arm felt lousy, but when it came off Monday morning, the arm felt much better. Drouin said Dr. Greg Sassmannshausen of FWO told him there's still a possibility the Komets' leading scorer come play in the Turner Cup finals.
Drouin is leaving with the team this afternoon and will be in warm-ups Tuesday night in Muskegon.