Archive for November, 2006

At practice today

November 29, 2006

Some updates:

Pasacal Morency says he should be able to go this weekend coming back from a separated shoulder.

A.J. Bozoian is still day-to-day with a hip pointer/abdominal strain, but he thinks he’ll be ready to go.

Everybody was in a good mood and seemed ready to go for the weekend.

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Stat of the week

November 28, 2006

Because I’m bored and  need more to do, I’m going to try to come up with this new feature every week. I’ll take any suggestions for this as well.

There are a lot of stats out there that can be over-stated, but I don’t think this is one of them: The Komets are 4-0 following a loss. They are also 2-0 against Bloomington since losing their first game to the PrairieThunder and came back beat Rockford the next time they faced the IceHogs, which is significant because they were embarrassed against the IceHogs and the next meeting was in Rockford. They have not faced Kalamazoo or Muskegon yet since losing to those teams.

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Sad day for Komet, hockey fans

November 27, 2006

According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, Wings Owner Ray T. “Ted” Parfet passed away Monday morning at age 84.

Mr. Parfet was one of the classiest people I’ve ever met in hockey, which is why I honor him with the “Mr.” He was an icon of minor league hockey and an excellent friend to the Komets during their days in both the IHL and the UHL. There were often times when the Frankes and the Parfets seemed to be the only voice of reason in the IHL, and they almost always worked together. Mr. Parfet always treated his fellow owners as partners and not competitors.

This is a huge loss for fans of minor league hockey and Komets fans. Though there has always been a rivalry with the Wings, there was never a rivalry among the owners or the way they always treated each other with class. If ever the Frankes needed something, they knew they could ask Parfet for help or advice or whatever was needed.

This is what Komets President Michael Franke had to say about Ted Parfet:

“From our perspective he was there at the very beginning. He was at
the first meeting Dave and Steve and I had a with the IHL people in the summer
of 1990. It was his attitude and his straightforwardness that made us look at
each other when we walked out of that meeting and say, `Wow, these people are
pretty good.’ He was always the voice of reason within the league. When he got
back into it in the UHL, we had several conversations over the past few years
about how important it was not to ever allow that to happen again. When he
needed to get out the IHL and then the league folded, that bothered him. He was
every cognizant with that with the UHL team in Kalamazoo.”

Another interesting thing about Ted and Martha Parfet? They sit right in the middle of the crowd in Kalamazoo, and the fans have always treated them with respect. The Parfets are also tremendous philanthropists in the Kalamazoo area. It was not uncommon for Parfet to take job candidates to lunch at a soup kitchen, have a bowl of soup and leave $50 in the till.

“Unfortunately there aren’t many Ted Parfets left, not only in the hockey business but in the world.  He was just an incredible individual.  You could not have ever asked for a better partner than Ted Parfet.  He was about the league, not necessarily what was good for an individual team
or his team, but what was best for the league. You couldn’t asked for a more giving partner, a man of reason and of compromise.”

The Wings were already in the process of being sold to someone hand-picked by Parfet.

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Notes from the Komets

November 27, 2006

The Komets started the week with their 45th consecutive home Thanksgiving day game, stopping Bloomington 5-2. It  was Fort Wayne’s 4th straight Thanksgiving holiday win and improved the Komet’s Thanksgiving home record to 28-14-3 overall since starting the turkey day home game tradition in 1962. The Komets are 6-2-0 on Thanksgiving since joining the  UHL in 1999.

Saturday the Komets wrestled a 4-3 shootout win out of Rockford. The Komets are unbeaten in 3 shootouts so far this season. The win snapped the Komet’s 2-game road winless streak.

Komet leaders: ….Mario Larocque (D) 24 points, +9…..J.C. Ruid (LW) 12 goals, 4 game winning goals…..Guy Dupuis (D) 17 assists, 12 power play assists…..Kevin Hansen (D) 75 pim……Kevin St. Pierre, after appearing in all 3 games this past week, leads UHL goaltenders with 836:38 minutes.

Larocque leads UHL defensemen with 9 goals, 6 power play goals and is second with 24 points. Dupuis leads the Komets and UHL defensemen with 69 shots.

The Komets also lead the UHL in least goals against with 38 for an average of 2.38 goals-against per game after 16 games.

…..the Komets lead the UHL with 31 power play goals in 125 chances after 16 games for a league-best 24.8% rating. The Komet’s penalty kill ranks second with an 89.4% efficiency rating allowing only 12 power play goals in 125 times short handed.  The Komets surrendered their first power play goal in 5 games Saturday night at Rockford.

Streaking Komets…..Jonathan Goodwin (RW), 3-game point streak (3g, 2a, 5pts)…..Dan Goneau (LW), 3-game point streak and 3-game assist streak (4a).

…..Komet’s head coach Pat Bingham earned his 100th UHL win as a coach with Thursday night’s 5-2 victory over the visiting Bloomington Prairie Thunder…..Guy Dupuis (D) skated his 600th Komet game Saturday at Rockford since joining the Komets during the 1991-92 season (IHL: 509 games).

Fort Wayne weekly UHL nominations: (week ending Nov. 26, 2006) player: Jonathan Goodwin (RW), 3gp, 3g (3ppg, 1fg), 2a, 5pts, +2, 2 pim. Goaltender: Kevin St. Pierre, 3gp, 2-1-0, 7 ga, 2.35 gaa, 70/77,
.909 spct.

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Players of the week

November 27, 2006

The United Hockey League (UHL) announced Monday that Elmira Jackals left wing Scott Wray has been named Sher-Wood UHL Player of the Week and Flint Generals goaltender Bryan Worosz has been named Southern Sports Supply UHL Goaltender of the Week for the period ending Sunday, November 26th, 2006.

Wray completed the week with five points (5g) and a plus-1 rating in three games played.  On Wednesday, he netted a goal in the second period of the 4-1 victory vs. Chicago. He twiced tied the contest on Friday during the 4-3 shootout win vs. Chicago. Wray scored a goal with just 29 seconds remaining in the second period and sent the game to  a shootout when he scored a goal with just over three minutes remaining in the third period.  The 26-year-old native of Ottawa, Ontario capped the weekend with two power play goals in the 4-2 loss to Chicago on Sunday.  His 20 points (11g,
9a) currently lead the Jackals and ranks tied for seventh in the UHL.

Other players nominated for the Sher-Wood UHL Player of the Week include: Bloomington left wing Mathieu Brunelle, Flint center Tony Tuzzolino, Fort Wayne right wing Jonathan Goodwin, Kalamazoo right wing Tyler Willis, Muskegon left wing Mike Watt, Quad City forward Don Parsons, and Rockford center Preston Mizzi.

Worosz finished the week with a 2-0-0 record, a 1.50 goals against average (GAA), and a .951 save percentage.  He made 33 saves in the 3-2 victory vs. Muskegon on Thanksgiving. It was the first home loss for Muskegon this season. The game was also a dual with the UHL’s leading goaltender Clayton Pool, who suffered his first loss of the season in the contest. On Friday, Worosz made 25 saves in the 3-1 victory vs. Bloomington to earn his second consecutive victory. The 26-year-old native of Brantford, Ontario has three wins this season and has posted a 3.03 GAA. He has not allowed more than two goals in each of his last four appearances.

Other goaltenders nominated for the Southern Sports Supply UHL Goaltender of the Week include: Bloomington’s Jeff Reynaert, Elmira’s Kris Tebbs, Fort Wayne’s Kevin St. Pierre, Kalamazoo’s Tom Askey, Muskegon’s Clayton Pool, Port Huron’s Dustin Traylen, Quad City’s Jason Tapp, and Rockford’s Frederic Cloutier.

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We’ve got this week’s video

November 27, 2006

It shows Muskegon’s first goal and the Komets’ power-play goal from Friday night. You can watch it here.

The full replay of the game will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Comcast Channel 55 with a replay at 11 a.m. Thursday. This week the guys will be taping both games since the Komets are on the road for both games next week.

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Saturday’s game

November 26, 2006

Heading into Rockford on Saturday night, a lot of things could have gone wrong for the Fort Wayne Komets. The Komets were coming off a poor performance the night before in a 2-1 home loss to Muskegon, they had been embarrassed 5-1 in their last trip to Rockford and it was their third game in three nights.

The Komets pulled together to win 4-3 in a shootout and extend their Western Division lead to six points over the IceHogs. They also improved their road record to 4-3.

“We played really well,” Komets coach Pat Bingham said. “That was perhaps our best team win where everybody in the dressing room contributed.”

The Komets had led throughout the game and had a 3-2 lead until halfway through the third period when Rockford scored on a two-man advantage.

“Their crowd was giving them a lot of energy, and we still had a penalty to kill and I comtemplated a time out and asked the guys if we needed one,” Bingham said. “They all felt confident enough that they were OK, and we went back out and killed it. That was a big momentum swing, and by the last shift of the game we had them bottled up in their own zone, and they were playing preventative because we were getting chances. It was nice to see that confidence and the will to win.”

The line of Bruce Richardson, Jonathan Goodwin and Daniel Goneau broke a slump with three goals, including two by Richardson. J.C. Ruid scored in the shootout, and goaltender Kevin St. Pierre stopped all five Rockford shooters.

“There were several players that showed us more than they have,” Bingham said. “It’s a challenge involved here because it was a tough task to go in there. I thought we got good solid performances from everybodd and that’s what you hope for. I like the way everybody responded and rose to the challenge. They didn’t try to do too much, they just played very hard and were mindful of the details.”

The Komets come home to play Quad City on Friday and Rockford on Saturday and end a stretch of playing seven of nine games at home. Then they hit the road for three straight road games and seven of 10 away from Memorial Coliseum.

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What coach had to say

November 24, 2006

It was too little too late. We weren’t up to the challenge at the beginning. We figured it out in the third period and played good hockey, and at that point the referee put his whistle in his pocket and nothing was a penalty any more which is to me disturbing. That’s not the reason we dug ourselves a two-goal hole. We  didn’t play our style effectively enough in the early stages of the game. There’s times when we can really control the pace of the game, and we dictate the pace. There was a lot of times tonight when we just couldn’t seem to get it all together. You need everybody. It’s a team sport, you know.

Whatever they were doing, they weren’t trying to do anything different in the third when we stepped up our intensity and were skating better and moving the puck better and supporting the puck better. Just a lot of little things that we’ve been drilling since Day 1 and we didn’t do them well enough. Against a good team that will make you pay if you are anything less than your best out there.

They are a good cycling team, a good counter attack team. They’ll stretch you out when you make a bad change, or a poor dump, or you miss an assignment covering an area on the ice. They’ll fire the puck up the ice quickly and get in behind your defense.

Is that team any better than Rockford? They’re good and they have weapons and they are clever. They have some guys that can make a heads up play and get it going the other way quickly.

What was a penalty at the beginning of the year is no longer a penalty. You’re trying to score a goal and they mug you and it’s not a penalty.  ….there was a closed-door meeting and nobody decided to tell this particular coach. How am I supposed to tell our guys to defend now, anything goes, you can tackle?

It obviously was a closed door meeting for a reason. They don’t want to be the only league in all of hockey that calls it a different way. I would say I’d be mad at the referee tonight, but I can’t because this is becoming a trend now, this style. If you are beat you can stick a knee out, you can run people from behind face first in to the glass, and you can grab a hold of a jersey, or a guy’s arm or his stick, and you can hook. You can do those things, especially if you are down a goal or if it’s a close game. Ridiculous. It’s ridiculous.

I’m not just saying that because we’re on the losing end, but when you start to play better and it’s a one-goal game and you’re in the game, and you can’t get on the power play no matter what…

… If we don’t do all the things that we need to do, any team can take you apart. Our style of play is about systematically playing and trying to create breakdowns and not give any in return. It’s a lot of hard work. It’s a lot of skating, a lot of good reads and a lot of effort.

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Two words

November 24, 2006

Halelujah Harding!

Fury leads 2-0 after two. They are doing to the Komets exactly what the Komets do to everyone else. They are smothering them with the forecheck. That’s about all that needs to be said.

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Scoreless after one

November 24, 2006

Excellent game so far as these two teams are very evenly matched. Komets had lots of jump early as did the entire building. But then for some reason the Komets stopped hitting and their forecheck wasn’t as effective.

Muskegon is playing without two great defensemen in Jon Insana and Tom Galvin, who are on call-ups, but the Komets have not been very aggressive going after the Fury.

The Fury gave the Komets all kinds of problems on the power play with an aggressive forecheck. Fort Wayne is having tremendous problems clearing its own zone, mostly because everyone is standing around watching.

Talked to Bruce Ramsay a little before the game, and he was still steamed about losing last night to Flint.

Unlike almost every other team in the UHL, the Fury have the individual talent to go toe-to-toe with the Komets, and they are. Komets will have to win this game with a solid effort as well as skill. That’s not to say they haven’t given a full effort on most nights, but most nights the opponent would have needed a season-best effort to beat them in Fort Wayne. That’s not the case tonight.

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