Archive for April, 2006

Frenchy is still playing

April 30, 2006

He’s dressing for Milwaukee tonight in Game 7 against Iowa and former Komets coach Dave Allison. I don’t know the details on whether he’s an emergency goaltender or what. Milwaukee is coached by former Komets assistant Claude Noel.

I’ll bet this has been an amazing series. Allison felt that Noel stabbed him in the back when he was coaching Milwaukee and Noel was his assistant.

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Thanks for a great year

April 29, 2006

Thanks for all the kind words from everyone. I hope you have learned as much this year as I learned from you. When I started this in November, I really didn’t want to do it because I looked at it as just more work to squeeze into the already 14-hour days. Instead, it turned out to be quite enjoyable, thanks to you. It was a lot more fun than I expected, so thanks for that.

Another thing. Remember a couple of weeks ago when somebody made a joke about the Fun Nazi, and Tony E. got upset? I realize the jest was purely for good intentions, and nothing was meant to insult anyone. Not a problem.

What was interesting was the story Tony told me privately about why it upset him at the time. I have asked him to repeat the story here, not as a way to slam anyone involved with the joke (we’re all past that), but I thought it was fascinating to listen to. I’m a history buff (if  you haven’t guessed) and this really struck a chord with me.

So, take it away Tony.

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We’re not done yet

April 29, 2006

Thought you might find this interesting. I was dead tired today, but I stopped by Loyola-Chicago on the way home to catch IPFW’s match against Loyola. What a contrast with the Komets!

Those kids played their butts off. They went hard on every play no matter where the ball was or what the situation. It was a heckova lot of fun to watch and I’m fired up to write all day tomorrow about them. Those kids made their breaks happen with sheer hard work and will, beating a top 10 team in their own gym by just flat out taking it to them. It was extremely impressive because they didn’t wait for any breaks or bounces, they made their own.

That was a lot of fun and a breath of fresh air. They are going to the FInal Four this week, and I’m really looking forward to seeing them play again.

So, no, I won’t be at the team party and jersey auction. I’ll be somewhere driving through Ohio. Anyway, a question, whose jersey do you think will go for the most on Tuesday, or who’s jersey do you plan on bidding for?

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The season is over

April 28, 2006

And good riddance. This was one of the strangest years I’ve seen with the Komets. No matter how hard they tried, the pieces just didn’t seem to fit. They played hard tonight, but Rockford played just a little bit harder. Rockford got all the bounces in this series because the IceHogs earned them.

More to come later.

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Congratulations to Colin

April 28, 2006

He was named the UHL’s best defensive forward today for the third time in his career. It’s the fourth season in a row that a Komet has won the honor after Sean Venedam won it last year. I think that’s very impressive because this was not an especially good defensive team during the regular season, and you can really see during the playoffs how much he and Troy Neumeier have been missed at the defensive end of the ice.

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Expectations for tonight

April 28, 2006

Are they done or do you think they are just getting started? My feeling is that they haven’t even come close to playing good hockey yet, and it’s still there if they can play smart on the road. I think the pressure is all on Rockford.

What do you think? I’m headed west.

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You’re going to scream

April 27, 2006

But I don’t assign any blame from this game to Neil Christopher. The Komets did this to themselves. Did he miss the first calls and then call the retaliation calls? Yes, welcome to hockey. The Komets have had this problem the ENTIRE season, and they talk and talk and talk about needing to stay away from penalties and they can’t do it, no matter who they are.

It’s a lack of self-discipline which has creamed them all year. Troy Neumeier talked about it in today’s story, and Colin Chaulk has talked about it forever. It’s obvious to everyone, but they can’t see to do anything about it.

Rockford, the most penalized team in the league, has four more power-play chances than the Komets so far in this series. That’s totally on the Komets.

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Not liking this

April 27, 2006

Komets don’t look very good so far. Sloppy with the puck, turning it over several times in their own end to lead to Rockford chances. The IceHogs goal was a total fluke, but it really wasn’t surprising because of the way the Komets were scrambling around. Rockford’s power play has looked better and is starting to get stronger chances.

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How about tonight’s game

April 27, 2006

How do you feel about this one?

I don’t really have a good feeling because I think Rockford’s power play is about to bust out.

Komets are starting Jorde, Galbraith and Campbell along with Goodwin and Luciuk. Could be interesting. Rockford is going with Mizzi, Carrigan, Yetman, Watson and Letizia.

This could be very interesting right away.

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Neumie update

April 26, 2006

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/14437019.htm

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