Will Lacasse's shootout goal
Matt Grogan stops Matt Caria to end it
Jordan Binnington robs Shawn Szydlowski with the pad
Kalamazoo goaltender Jordan Binnington felt he had touched the puck before Will Lacasse shot in the game-winning goal in the shootout, which would have immediately killed the play.
Jordan Binnington robs Mike Embach with the pad
Entertaining came so far. Lots of hitting, very good team defense and very chippy.
There is so much riding on these two games. 1. Komets need points almost any way they can get them because Florida has nine straight home games coming up; 2. Where does Ben Meisner fit in all this now? Does he regain the trust of the guys? If you don't think he needs to, then you don't understand team dynamics; 3. They could end up facing Kalamazoo in the first round of the playoffs, and the Wings have been the ECHL's hottest team; 4. The rivalry which certainly seems to be re-ignited this year with Colin Chaulk, and now Aaron Clarke.
Komets General Manager David Franke said Ben Meisner's appointments with a cardiiologist and a neurologist checked out fine. It depends on how Ben feels when he'll play next, and the Komets will talk with him in the moring about it.
So far, after one period, rookie Matt Grogan looks pretty solid in net.
Komets are up 1-0. Gwinnett doesn't have anybody over age 25 in the lineup, and the Komets are playing 10 rookies.
From a Komets press release:
Two new goalies will be dressed tonight, but the Komets have just submitted the contracts to the league so they can't say who they are yet. Chris Auger and Kaleigh Schrock will also be playing.
Komets starter Ben Meisner had to leave the game with what appeared to be an illness halfway through the second period. With the play at the other end, Meisner fell to the ice twice face-first as he appeared to have no equalibrium. Former IPFW player Larkin Saalfrank, who I believe hasn't played in a game since November, is in goal. So far, the Komets have dominated play, keeping the action in the Orlando end. Saalfrank has faced only two shots in about five minutes of play, while the Komets are peppering Orlando goaltender Cody Reichard.
It's 3-3 early in the second period. Komets led 3-2 after one, but neither goaltender seems able to handle and sometimes see the puck tonight.
Shawn Szydlowski scored the Komets' second goal on a deflection of a Jordon Southorn shot.
Then Mike Embach scored late in the first period.
Larkin Saalfrank is the emergency back-up tonight since Andrey Makarov has been recalled to Rochester of the AHL. Rochester has a game Thursday.
I always wondered what prevents opponents from just running the goaltennder in a situation like this.
Jordon Southorn is back, but no Kaleigh Schrock, Chris Auger, Dean Ouellet, Jason Dale or Matt Carter tonight. Schrock and Auger and day-to-day. Carter and Dale have a pretty good chance of returning this season, Dean Ouellet is a little more iffy.
A list of upcoming clinics
As some of you may know, Manchester football coach Shannon Griffith is a big fan of the Komets and regularly posts here as sgriffith. His son is an IU football player and was involved in a swimming accident on Monday in Florida. There are more details in this story. Please pray for Issac and his family.