Yup, they're playing that music from "The Karate Kid" when Ralph Macchio starts beating the pulp out of the Cobra Kai. Nothing says Game 7 like that, eh?
There are people scalping tickets outside. For an International Hockey League game. Nuts.
Larry Sterling will be in net for the Port Huron Icehawks tonight. Nick Boucher for the Komets.
By the way, I'm still baffled by an e-mail I got from a reader claiming I had some bias against Kevin Reiter because I've given Boucher some praise. Flabbergasting. It's Game 7 and Al Sims is going with Boucher. Doesn't that tell you something? Anyway, for the record, I think they're both outstanding goalies.
The referee will be John Searle.
And I poked around about the Playoff MVP award. That will be decided by commissioner Paul Pickard and vice-president of hockey operations Brad Jones, with a little input from other people who don't include me.
Hopefully, they do a better job than Richard Brosal did in 2003. Brosal came along and polled all of the media before making his choice. Very few, if any, picked Tom Lawson who ultimately got the award. He had a great playoffs, but there were others who played better.
Anyway, Pickard played, coached and general managed in the game. I expect he can make a solid choice. Jones played and coached, too, so I expect he can, too.
If the Komets win, and were I to pick now, I'd go with Konstantin Shafranov. That could all change in a matter of hours, though.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette