The Fort Wayne Komets look and feel almost infallible at home these days. A 4-2 victory over the Bloomington PrairieThunder on Friday night was the Komets' 16th straight victory at Memorial Coliseum, two shy of the franchise record set in 1963-64 and six short of the league record set in 1965-66 by the Muskegon Mohawks.
Yeah, it was a two-goal margin in this one, but it wasn't even that close. Both of the PrairieThunder's goals came off deflections, when the Komets let down their guard for a 23-second span. Other than that, the Komets dominated from end-to-end, start to finish.
Brent Henley was out, serving the first game of his five-game suspension for high-sticking Tyler Willis. No problem. The Komets were still plenty physical with three fights, including a Mitch Woods vs. Neil Clark bout after the final buzzer because Clark slashed P.C. Drouin.
The Komets had to play one man short of a 19-player lineup, as part of the Henley suspension. No problem. The Komets still didn't look to have a weak link, or a fatigued one, on the ice. Their power play was 2 for 7.
About the only bad news is that Luciano Aquino, the Komets' leading scorer, who had a goal, could face a suspension. He was booted from the game for attempting to injure a Bloomington player with a high-stick. I doubt he'll get further punishment -- I heard there isn't a good replay of it -- but it could happen.
Fort Wayne plays at Bloomington, Ill., on Saturday.
- The Komets played without Konstantin Shafranov, who has foot and wrist injuries. Also, Brandon Warner remained out with a knee injury.
- PrairieThunder owner Tony Lisman is attempting to transfer ownership of his franchise to Bloomington-based owners, The Pantagraph reported. I've heard that that even if that happens, the PrairieThunder will remain in the IHL. Lisman also owns the Muskegon Fury.
- The IHL's trade deadline passed Friday afternoon with no deals around the league. Shocker.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette