KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The Komets got two power-play goals, and another just three seconds after a power play expired, and they came back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Kalamazoo Wings 4-2 on Sunday.
It was the Komets' 10th victory in 12 games against the Wings.
And while the final moments were marked by some gritty play -- Fort Wayne's Kevin Bertram continually battled with Tyler Willis, and Brent Henley was ejected with less than a second left for cross-checking Willis -- the luster appears to be off this rivalry.
For a team that had such a grueling travel schedule, the Komets looked sharp and took five of a possible six points this weekend. Of course, the Wings were playing two men short due to injuries.
The Komets' lead over second-place Flint is a whopping 18 points.
- Komets coach Al Sims admitted to having to make sure his team is properly motivated every night. That's not necessarily easy when you have such a substantial lead in the standings. He said the Komets must make sure to measure themselves against their own standards, not by the rest of the league's.
- There was an interesting call in the third period; Fort Wayne's Sergei Durdin got a penalty for clipping Glenn Detulleo. That's an uncommon call, but I did think that Durdin caught him pretty low and it looked to be on the fringe of dangerous. I was in the minority in my area of the press box, though.
- Fort Wayne now has the top-rated power play in the league at 19.7 percent efficiency.
- Here's a question: If you had to pick, what's the Komets' weakness? I have a lot of trouble coming up with a single one. But if I had to choose, I guess I'd wonder if they're physical enough at the forward position. It couldn't hurt to have more battling in front of the net and grinding in the corners.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette