So, this is familiar, right? The Komets win the first game of the series 3-0, then get pounded 5-2 in the second one? It happened in the first round against Chicago and the Komets went on to win the next three.
This time, against Rockford?
"We're a better team that Chicago," deadpanned Rockford coach Steve Martinson. "That's why we finished with 103 points."
Then Martinson went on to point out how young his team is and that it won't be flummoxed with four games in five nights beginning Wednesday. It's true, yes, but c'mon, we're more than 80 games into the season, I think everyone's going to go the extra mile to get a championship.
Although, just as I write that, it occurs to me the Komets didn't look like they were going to give it their all tonight. They were dominated for most of the game.
"We didn't play the way we needed to play," Fort Wayne coach Pat Bingham said. "We didn't play nearly to our potential. We had several guys who were, not taking the easy way out, that's not the best way to describe it, but we didn't push the pace."
Looking back, I can only think of a few players who I noticed, let alone thought played a good game: Jonathan Goodwin, who was hitting everything in sight, Pascal Morency, Guy Dupuis and, uh, that's about it.
But I leave the rink thinking -- well, knowing -- that this series got interesting. It got very physical, especially after Fort Wayne's Brent Henley got into it with Jason Notermann in the third period, setting off a melee.
Martinson said he was going to look at the videotape, believing Henley kneed Notermann. Henley had a non-denial denial, which you can see in my story on Monday. Anyway, remember, these aren't the Komets of last season; if this series does get really physical, I don't think this team will let up. I guess we'll see.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette