KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The Fort Wayne Komets played a scrappy game but came up just short, losing 5-4 to the Kalamazoo Wings in a shootout during the annual Green Ice Game in honor of St. Patrick's Day at Wings Stadium.
Why scrappy? They were without their top two centers, Colin Chaulk (flu) and Mathieu Curadeau (groin). The Wings got two goals when the puck deflected off Fort Wayne players in front, another when goalie Nick Boucher was screened by his own man and a fourth after defenseman Brent Henley tripped and coughed up the puck behind his net.
The Komets' bounces weren't nearly as lucky.
However, Fort Wayne scored twice late in the third period to force overtime -- that's three third-period comebacks in a row -- and those goals came from Luciano Aquino and Konstantin Shafranov. But the Komets couldn't get it done in the shootout this time. Ryan Markham had the only shootout goal, as Fort Wayne's winning streak was snapped at 10 games.
No big deal, really, considering the Komets had wrapped up the regular-season championship in their previous game. There was no letdown in their effort Monday, which was a good sign for their fans.
Here's a question: It's Game 7 of the Turner Cup Finals. Which Komets goaltender do you go with? I'm picking Nick Boucher instead of Kevin Reiter.
I'd like to thank those who got onto the chat session tonight. Too bad internet problems prevented me from being on it as much as I would have liked. On that note, though, I would like to thank the Wings Stadium staff that worked so hard to try and get it fixed. Hopefully next time I'm up here, we'll have high-speed again.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette