How about that night from the line of David Hukalo, Pascal Morency and Martin Gascon. Five goals and five assists, not too shabby. Especially since this is the "third line," one that had been broken up not too long ago.
I guess we can safely say the Komets have plenty of depth.
Fort Wayne defeated the Flint Generals 6-4 at Memorial Coliseum on Friday. The Komets were never able to pull away in this one, partially because they let down for a bit and partially because they gave up a couple of power-play goals which hurt. But the Komets swept the home-and-home series and kept pace with the Muskegon Fury for the best record in the league. (The Fury is four points ahead and the Komets have only four games remaining.)
By the way, the Komets remain four points ahead of Rockford. Did you see what happened out there? The IceHogs were clinging to a 2-1 lead over Elmira after two periods, and then Rockford went on to win 8-1. I guess the IceHogs wanted to keep pace with the Komets.
This was my first game back watching the Komets in about a month. I was impressed, aside from that lull in the second period when they let down. But all three lines were looking good and that'll be important in the playoffs; they can't expect J.C. Ruid, Guy Dupuis and the big names to carry them. It'll take performances like this from the boys like Hukalo, who had his first hat trick in over 14 months.
By the way, I only caught the Morency hit to the knee of Jan Jas out of the corner of my eye. I can tell you he was a bit unsure how it happened but said it certainly wasn't intentional. We'll have to see if Flint makes a stink about the hit, which didn't draw a penalty from referee Kevin Towers.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette