Well, it's been a busy couple of days at Ice Chips. Record numbers of readership and record numbers of comments on a single post. But despite the pleas of some, I recant nothing. I still say it was far too quiet at Sunday's game and I still think you can be respectful and a good fan all at the same time.
But I digress.
So, the topic on my mind is what the Komets will do in Game 4 at McMorran Arena on Wednesday. (The Komets trail the Port Huron Icehawks 2-1 in the best-of-seven Turner Cup Finals, in case you haven't been paying attention.) Despite their success in the regular season, going 7-1, it's clear a rink that's 15 feet shorter than regulation causes the Komets some problems because they can't execute their offense as they normally do. The best way to see that? Watch when they try to set up P.C. Drouin or Guy Dupuis at the point. They don't have the time or spacing to get the pucks there.
I asked some Fort Wayne players about all this and they agreed, the Komets must play a different game at McMorran. One player pointed out that the regular-season statistics up there are deceiving because wonderful goaltending benefited the Komets.
- The Port Huron Times-Herald is on the Komets for their "diving. Click here to read it. Do the Komets do their share? Yes. Do the Icehawks, too? Absolutely. And there's no way you can tell me the Icehawks aren't playing dirtier. Just watch goaltender Larry Sterling's stick. I don't know why goalies get a pass, even if they're spearing guys.
- It appears, at least for now, that the International Hockey League will again play with six teams next season. Chicago will remain dormant after failing to come to an agreement with the Sears Centre. I still have a feeling there will be a seventh team bolting from another league to the IHL, though.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette