Before you start griping about that penalty on Luciano Aquino in overtime, I'm not so sure it was a bad call. To grab and swivel a player so out in open ice is asking for trouble. But maybe it was a dive by Jeff Zehr. Even so, there's no way it was any worse that the dive by David Hukalo late in the third period.
If you didn't see the game, you can figure out where this is going. The Komets did nothing with their power play late in regulation -- what do you expect from the league's worst power-play unit? -- and when the Port Huron Icehawks got a chance on the power play in overtime, they capitalized and won 2-1.
Too bad for Komets goaltender Kevin Reiter, who was stupendous is stopping 30 shots in this game. He won't get credit for the best save of the night, though, which came in the first period when defenseman Jake Pence turned away a Jamie Carroll shot at wide-open net.
The Komets talked a lot in the locker room about how they came out flat, for unknown reasons, and that's what they want to avoid Saturday against the Bloomington Prairie Thunder. Truth be told, the Komets are lucky they salvaged a point against Port Huron to stay atop the International Hockey League's standings.
- Evgeny Saidachev left the game in the third period after a collision with a Port Huron player. The belief is that it's a sprained ligament, but that's pending testing and there's no telling how serious it is, but I didn't get the impression this would be a long-term injury.
- They're going to have an interesting day at Memorial Coliseum. IPFW is playing basketball in the afternoon, then they have to get the arena ready for hockey at night.
- Joe Franke, the Komets' former equipment manager, who gained international attention for playing a game in goal and winning in 2002, has been brought in on an interim basis as equipment manager with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.
- IHL commissioner Paul Pickard attended the game Friday; it was his first time at the Coliseum this season.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette