Aha, I knew it. Despite the statements by some over the last couple of weeks that the record was meaningless, the Komets showed their true colors Saturday night.
After the Komets defeated the Port Huron Icehawks 5-2 for their 18th consecutive home victory, tying a franchise mark set in 1963-64, center Mathieu Curadeau said: "When you get a chance to beat a record like this, for sure the guys were talking about it. Now we're tied with it and so, yeah, we can talk a little bit more openly about it."
The Memorial Coliseum locker room was celebratory Saturday night.
After Sunday's game at Port Huron, Mich., the Komets will have a chance to get sole possession of the record Friday against the visiting Kalamazoo Wings.
Four more home victories would equal the International Hockey League record set by the Muskegon Mohawks in 1964-65.
While it may seem a little pompous of the Komets to be boasting about this mark, bear in mind, they have a 27-point lead in the standings and the way this team stays motivated is by focusing in on milestones and trying to attain them. I don't begrudge them that at all.
- A sellout crowd of 10,462 attended the game. All three sellouts this season have been for games against Port Huron, which led its broadcaster, Dennis Stuckey, to jokingly quip, "It just goes to show you, Port Huron's the biggest draw in the league."
- The referee was Scott Bokal.
- If Fort Wayne defenseman Sergei Durdin doesn't get suspended, I'll be surprised. He deserves one after kneeing right wing Brent Hughes in the second period. Durdin got a major penalty and game misconduct, and he had to fight Jeremy Tucker. Amazingly, the officiating crew didn't know which player had doled out the hit, Komets coach Al Sims said.
- Defenseman Brent Henley returned to the Fort Wayne lineup after serving his five-game suspension for cross-checking Kalamazoo's Tyler Willis. As part of that punishment, the Komets had to play one man short of a 19-player lineup, yet they didn't lose a game. On Saturday, they played with the full 19. Henley came out of the game in the second period with an apparent knee injury but returned.
- Center Terry Marchant was out with an ankle injury and defenseman Brandon Warner was out with a knee injury.
- Forty-five people took the U.S. Army's Oath of Enlistment during the first intermission on U.S. Army night. The Komets wore camouflage jerseys that were sold in a silent auction benefiting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
- P.C. Drouin's goal-scoring streak ended at five games.
- Drouin's jersey went for the most at auction with $963. Mathieu Curadeau's was second at $848. About 10,000 was raised, Komets vice-president Scott Sproat said.
- The Komets are already talking a bit with defenseman Kevin Bertram about returning next season, even though he would qualify as a veteran under IHL rules. Bertram came out of a two-season retirement last summer and remains on active duty with the Fort Wayne Fire Department. Bertram hasn't decided yet if he wants to play next season.
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- Kalamazoo beat up on Muskegon, 8-1. And it looks like things got nasty. Check out the penalties.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette