The Komets are doing pretty well, and it's going on a bit under the radar.
The Komets have won 4 of 5 games. The only loss, 3-1 to Muskegon, saw Fort Wayne outplay the first-place team and outshoot the Lumberjacks 39-19.
Consider what the Komets are doing. They're without Matt Syroczynski, Nick Boucher, Konstantin Shafranov, Rick Varone and Brad MacMillan. They're playing with seven rookies in the lineup. They've pressed their backup goalie into 10 straight games.
That they're keeping up with Muskegon and Port Huron, who Fort Wayne defeated 4-2 on Saturday, is pretty impressive.
What'll happen whan the team gets healthy?
Granted, players like Justin Chwedoruk, Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and Sean O'Connor, are doing the bulk of the scoring. But it's only a matter of time before the likes of P.C. Drouin and Colin Chaulk really get going.
The Komets coughed up a two-goal lead before O'Connor's breathtaking short-handed goal, during a 2-on-1 rush. It was the first short-handed goal given up by the Icehawks this season.
O'Connor scored another goal to cement the victory, off a rebound.
My three stars of the game: 1) Sean O'Connor, who scored twice to win the game; 2) Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock, whose energy and defensive play have been huge; 3) Justin Chwedoruk, who has scored in five straight games, tied with Flint's John DiPace for the longest such streak in the IHL this season.