Holy cow, that was a wild game.
The Komets went from absolutely dreadful to seemingly unstoppable and then lost a heartbreaker in overtime, 5-4 to the Muskegon Fury on Saturday night.
Fort Wayne gave up the first four goals, then got a natural hat trick from Mathieu Curadeau, plus one goal from Colin Chaulk. The Komets easily could have mailed it in, but they showed a lot of heart in coming back and salvaging a point in the standings.
Too bad, once again, they looked sloppy in 4-on-4 overtime, where they've yet to win a game but have lost three.
I felt sorry for the Fury's new radio broadcaster -- how did he do, by the way? -- as this was his introduction to International Hockey League play. Too bad he got referee Ken Gallagher. For a change, Gallagher lost complete control of this game, as evidenced by all the jawing he got from both benches.
As for the biggest call of the night, the third Curadeau goal, which wasn't immediately signaled -- according to several people, it was indeed correct. I didn't see the replay myself, but I'm told it hit the back of the net clearly and came back out, but the goal judge hit the incorrect button and it takes a while to reset after that happens. That's what I was told anyway.
The Komets, to their credit, weren't happy after this game. They felt they never should have been so poor early on and never should have lost this game.
This does seem to be a developing rivalry.
- Komets goalie Kevin Reiter got into a minor car accident before the game, coach Al Sims said, and went on to stop 19 of 24 shots. Sims felt that played a part in his looking shaky early. I asked Sims why he didn't start Nick Boucher and was told he didn't think it was fair to start Boucher for three games in three nights. I asked why, then, he couldn't just start Reiter on Sunday, and I was told it's because he has a particular plan in place. I guess that means Sims wants Boucher in net against Bloomington for some reason.
- Here's the deal on defenseman Brent Henley. He did not re-injure his surgically repaired anterior cruciate ligament. He strained the iliotibial band in the same right leg, and that's between the hip and the knee. He doesn't think it's serious and should be back in a week or two.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette