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Tailing the Komets

No Hodgman this year

I talked to Komets GM David Franke tonight and he said Justin Hodgman is going to sign with Rockford of the AHL for the playoffs. Can't blame h

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Komet Kuarters, 5-7 p.m. Leo Thomas, P.C. Drouin, Bob and I. Burgee is bringing the refreshments! Come meet Mark and Burgee and maybe even Burgee's wife.

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Last night's goals

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Psychological advantage

Thanks to Chuck Bailey, these are Nick Boucher's numbers in Port Huron over the last two years:

11 games, 10-1 record, .969 save percentage and 1.97 goals against average. That means A) the Komets always have to feel confident any time they go into McMorran, and B) they better never hope he plays for Port Huron. Nick has said in the past he likes the smaller rink because there's more action so he's busier

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Komets trailed by one in the final minute, but Konstantin Shafranov roofed a wrist shot from just outside the crease in the final minute to force overtime, and then score 1:17 into overtime off a backhand pass from Rick Varone to give the Komets the win.

"It was a great win for us," Komets coach Al Sims said. "When you are losing with 42 seconds left and you end up winning, it's unbelievable. It says volumes about our team and the belief they have in themselves, especially on the road.

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MacMillan's answers

While his teammates rode the bus to Port Huron on Tuesday, Komets forward Brad MacMillan stayed home to serve the first of a five-game suspension for elbowing Kalamazoo's Glenn Detulleo on Saturday night.

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Book signing(s)

Just a reminder that Bob and I and Leo Th

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Icy's picks

Here's something that is hopefully a lot more fun to talk about. Thanks to Scott Sproat, Rick Birely and Josh Test

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Brad Jones' comments

Brad Jones, IHL Vice President of Hockey Operations, had this to say about Brad MacMillan's five-game suspenion:

"Brad is not a dirty player, but the fact of the matter is it was a clear blow to the head delivered with some force. It was the severity of the impact. It wasn't a glancing blow where the elbow hit the shoulder and then moved up. It was clear the elbow was raised and it clearly got him square.

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Today's stories

Can be read here for the regular Komets and here for the Legends.

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MacMillan may sit for a while

The video is very clear on Brad MacMillan's elbowing major against Glenn Detulleo. It's a sure bet the league will review this one for a probable suspension. I'd expect it to be at least five games.

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Red Wings win 4-1

The Komets Legends gave a credible performance but lost 4-1 to the Detroit Red Wings Alumni before an estimated 3,000 fans at Memorial Coliseum. The Red Wings led 1-0 after the first of two periods on a goal by Dan Newman. Detroit came out on a surge to start the second period and led 3-0 on goals by Dennis Hextall and Tom Williams. After Williams scored again to make it 4-0, Dusty Virag finally scored for the Komets.

It was pretty obvious the Red Wings play together regularly, while many of the Komets were playing for the first time in four years.

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Another book signing

Bob and I are going to be at Komet Kuarters from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday. I believe P.C. Drouin and Leo Thomas are also going to be there.

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BIG win for the Ks

The Komets won in Port Huron 3-1 tonight to pull within four points of the first-place IceHawks with a game in hand. Rick Varone, Olivier Legault and Mathieu Curadeau scored for the Komets who won for the 20th time on the road this season. That's the third season in a row they've done that.

"We had to come up here and win, and we got the win in the third," Komets coach Al Sims said. "It's a huge win for our group. I think a loss here could have made first place very unattainable."

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How excited are you?

About the Legends game? It's been 11 years since the last one, not counting the off-season game Frenchy organized in 2005. Be sure to be there by 4:30 when the introductions will begin, including those Komets legends who are not playing in the game. Two 20-minute periods with running clock. That ought to be plenty for

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Red Wings lineup changes

Lee Norwood and Pat Ribble are both out; former Komet Darren Banks, goaltender Eddie Mio and John Tamer.

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Komets trade Osman for Aldoff

The Fort Wayne Komets completed a three-play deal this afternoon to acquire veteran defenseman Rod Aldoff from the Kalamazoo Wings. The Komets are sending right wing Dominic Osman and rookie defenseman Dylan Row.
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Today's legends story

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Had some fun tonight

Went to the coliseum to watch the Komets Legends skate in preparation for Saturday's game. I think we had more fun on the bench than they had on the ice because everyone was cutting each other up. Saturday should be quite a bit of fun. Can you believe the Komets haven't had a legends came since 1998? You're going to want to be at the coliseum by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday to be there for the introductions.

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Tentative Alumni lineup

You can see the whole thing here.

If you're of a certain age, you don't want to look at it because you will immediately feel 20 years older than you are by looking at the players' ages. I know I'm not that old, so how in the world can they be? LOL.

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