Let us first discuss the power play that the Komets got in overtime Saturday night.
Dayton's Matt Auffrey and Fort Wayne goaltender Tim Haun were chasing the puck and Auffrey came down tomahawk style with his stick on Haun's pads. I have no problem with referee Seth Ferguson calling the penalty there.
Haun did, however, sprawl on the ice like a fallen house of cards. Clear embellishment on his part. I would have had no problem if he got called for diving, too, which didn't happen.
The Komets got the power play and one shot later got a P.C. Drouin goal for a 2-1 victory. Fort Wayne is 2-0-0 against the expansion Gems, with both victories coming in overtime.
The Komets feel they're not playing particularly well -- some players have been saying they're out of sync -- yet they've won four straight games.
If they can battle through a time like this, they could be a real force down the stretch.
But I like Dayton, too, mostly because of the speed.
I would expect Dayton's Greg Labenski to have his actions reviewed by the league, after his third-period elbow on Konstantin Shafranov, who didn't return to the game. I don't think it's worth a suspension, but he got away with getting no penalty for it. A fine could be in order.
I would like to note that Fort Wayne captain Guy Dupuis played better tonight. He showed his veteran savvy, after looking a little out of sorts in previous games. I also continue to think Leo Thomas is playing well, though he's not getting many points to show for it.
A lot of the youngsters are carrying the Komets, though. Matt Woodard, for instance, had a goal tonight.
My three stars from tonight's game: First star, Matt Woodard, who had a goal and solid defense; Second star, P.C. Drouin with a goal and an assist; Third star, Dayton goalie Ryan Mior, who stopped 28 shots.
Speaking of Muskegon, check this out: Robin Bouchard got jumped by Flint on Friday night.