OK, I'll be the party pooper and ask: Does this record deserve an asterisk?
The Komets won their 19th consecutive home game, 3-2 over the Kalamazoo Wings, eclipsing a franchise record that had stood since 1963-64. But they needed an overtime shootout to do it. There were no shootouts back in 1964 -- just the good old fashioned ties -- and these Komets needed two shootouts during this streak.
I'm not saying I think there should be an asterisk. Depending on how you view the era and the skill, you could argue this modern feat is way more impressive than the one from 1963-64, but it's a fun question.
That being said, whoa, that was a heckuva finish at Memorial Coliseum.
I knew all those early misses by P.C. Drouin were going to be relevant. He had three breakaways early in the game, lost control of the puck on one and got mauled from behind on the others. Sure enough, with the Komets trailing by one late, he netted a goal on a 5-on-3 power play to force overtime. (Stupid penalties by the Wings, by the way, and I had no problem with either being called at that juncture.)
Although, congratulations should go to Terry Marchant, who preserved the tied score by stopping the puck from going across the Fort Wayne goal line in the waning minutes. Drouin scored in the shootout and so did Konstantin Shafranov and the Komets keep on winning.
Next up: The Huber Trophy as regular-season champions. A victory over the Flint Generals at the Coliseum on Saturday, and the Komets will clinch it. And they still have 14 games on their schedule. Yikes.
Also on the horizon: The IHL record for most consecutive home victories, which is 22, set by the Muskegon Mohawks in 1965-66.
- The Komets played without Mathieu Curadeau, who has an injured groin. Also out was Brandon Warner, who has a knee injury.
- Flint's 0-2 since firing Kevin Kerr. Shocker there.
- There was much snickering going on in the press box about this awards thing. Seriously, who are we left with as the top defensive forwards and defensemen if we can't vote for the Komets? This may draw some ire, but I went with Kory Karlander as forward and Nick Tuzzolino as defenseman and I'm not remotely comfortable with either. Most sportsmanlike: Jamie Carroll. The really deserving players: David Hukalo as forward, Guy Dupuis as defenseman and Shafranov as sportsmanlike. Hopefully the people outside of Fort Wayne will catch on.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette