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.
Fort Wayne currently holds the eighth and final playoff spot by virtue of having more non-shootout wins than Florida.
A few years ago, we ran a series of stories about this time each season on Icy's NCAA picks. He always seemed to go with orange or birds. Here's this year's picks.
Shots 21-17 in favor of the Komets after the first period. Good thing they have fresh goalies for this game. Skating hard, not much hitting, pretty familiar game so far.
Florida's first-period goal by Stefan Della Rovere could have been disallowed for being in the crease as Della Rovere came from behind both goaltender Ben Meisner and defenseman Nathan Martine. He was inside the crease well before the puck ever arrived.
So far, Florida has been easily controlling the front of both nets and probably should have a much larger lead than 1-0. The Komets haven't presented much of a physical challenge so far.
Looked like they all showed up to play tonight.
Chris Auger got hurt and won't play the rest of the weekend. I think Christian Ouellet is ready to come off IR tomorrow.
Ben Meisner looked great, as good as he has at home all season. Also liked that four of the five goals were deflections at the net.
On a nifty goal by Shawn Szydlowski off a Sy Nutkevitch pass. Very defensive game and Ben Meisner looks as comfortable in goal as he has all year at home.
And they are wearing green jerseys
From Stockton for future considerations. He's a 6-4, 195-pound forward.
``He's a tall, rangy kids who skates very well and has good hands around the net,'' Komets coach Gary Graham said. ``He should be a good power-play guy. This past year he started in the SPHL and since he went out to Stockton he's made the most of his opportunity. He's a younger player with I feel some good potential.''
Brujsten, who turns 25 next week, has six goals and 21 points in 26 games this year with six penalty minutes.
This time to Portland of the AHL