C'mon, you know I was playing the whole reverse psychology thing when I predicted a Fort Wayne loss tonight. It was all sarcasm.
Oh, ye, of little faith.
The Komets won 4-2 at Memorial Coliseum, trimming their deficit to the Port Huron Icehawks in the best-of-seven Turner Cup Finals to 3-2. Game 6 will be at McMorran Arena on Saturday night.
Yeah, thanks again league for that 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 format. It's not like gas prices are high or anything.
The Komets were tense before this game and coach Al Sims tried to take the pressure off by stressing to his team they only needed to concentrate on one thing: Defense.
He didn't want them to think about offense, shooting, goaltender Larry Sterling, or anything but defense. The goals would come, he said, and they did.
It helped that the power play, albeit ugly once again, was productive with two goals after the Komets went 1 for 20 in the first four games of the series. It helped that P.C. Drouin netted a goal. It helped that Nick Boucher was solid in net. (If Sims doesn't start him in Game 6, I'd be stunned.)
And it helped that the Komets were more eager to avoid being a dismal part of history. It was pride. Lots of it.
But now they've got to do what they haven't in this series so far: Not put a stinker on the ice at McMorran. It would help if they started hitting people because they still didn't Thursday. It would help it Luciano Aquino played less tentative because they need his offense. It would help if they didn't cough up the puck in their own zone, as Sergei Durdin did tonight, causing a goal.
The Komets have a couple of days to devise a plan. And the Icehaws can stew over a missed opportunity. All the pressure's on Port Huron and the Icehawks looked mighty nervous at times tonight. A couple days of thinking about it could add to that.
Now I think it's coming back to Fort Wayne for a Game 7. But it's not like I'm in the prediction business or anything.
Why wait? Here's audio from Komets coach Al Sims: Download sims_game_5.WMA
Here's audio from Brandon Warner, who had a goal: Download warner_game_5.WMA
And here's P.C. Drouin, who had a goal: Download drouin_game_5.WMA
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette