... clearly not the Fort Wayne Komets. At least not on this night.
The Komets were trounced 9-3 by the Flint Generals, in the first game of a home-and-home series. The teams meet again Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.
Flint got two goals and six points from Mike Kinnie, as eight different Generals scored goals. Fort Wayne got another two-goal night from Konstantin Shafranov and pretty much their worst regular-season defeat in years.
Fort Wayne's starting goalie, Kevin Reiter, was yanked after allowing five goals on 21 shots. Then the Komets looked to Corey Wogtech, who was signed earlier in the day to replace the injured Nick Boucher, and Wogtech allowed four goals on 17 shots.
Fort Wayne and Flint are now tied for the International Hockey League lead with 36 points.
What else can you really say about this game?
"Everybody has to be accountable, from the goaltender all the way to the last man on the bench," general manager David Franke said. "We didn't play disciplined or smart. I expect a much better effort (Saturday)."
Franke said Boucher, who strained his groin in Thursday's 6-3 victory over Bloomington, will be out two-to-four weeks, more likely four. Meanwhile, defenseman Brandon Warner, a Fort Wayne native, separated his shoulder Friday and will be out a couple of weeks, Franke said.
Saturday's game ought to be interesting. After giving up six power-play goals and getting shredded defensively, the Komets have to tighten up while also setting the tone with some hitting.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette