FLINT, Mich. -- The last Komets lost 3-2 to the Flint Generals in overtime on Saturday night.
There are two ways to view this one.
In one sense, it was a bad loss for the Komets because they dominated in most respects, outshooting the Generals 44-31, only to get stoned by goaltender Matt Spezza and cough up the win on two late defensive breakdowns. The goal that forced overtime came on a 2-on-1 for the Generals. The overtime winner, from John DiPace, came after he was left all alone in front of the net to redirect the puck above goaltender Nick Boucher.
On the other hand, to get one point in the standings against the second best team in the International Hockey League, when the Generals had a packed house of 3,362 fans, isn't too shabby.
No matter how you view the loss, the thing that stood out was the last 15 minutes or so of the game, as furious as you'll ever see. It's sort of unbelievable that no one got hurt, what with all the slashing, cross-checking and, yes, head-locking going on out there.
Mathieu Curadeau, who was victimized by a vicious cross-check from Jaroslav Cesky, called it "old school." Brent Henley used the word "ridiculous." Of all referees I wouldn't have expected to let it go on, Jim Hawthorne would have been at the top of the list, but he was the one out there.
Don't get me wrong, I loved watching it. It was amazingly intense and I couldn't take my eyes off it; I was afraid I'd miss something critical. But I'm glad I wasn't playing in that. I'm sure my doctor would be, too.
Anyway, great goaltending duel. Great everything tonight. Can't wait for these teams to meet in the playoffs and somehow I have a feeling they will. And am I the only one who thinks Josef Fojtik deserves the Luch Nasato award for being an unnecessarily dirty Flint player? I can't believe he only has 25 penalty minutes.
By the way, Fort Wayne's Brandon Warner suffered a knee injury in the first period. He won't play Sunday at Bloomington, Ill., coach Al Sims said.
Thanks to everyone who got on for the the chat session during the game. Check out Komets Korner on Sunday for more coverage from this game.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette