The Komets haven’t won more than two consecutive games since November, and haven’t put together a win streak of more then four games all season long. They’re on pace for 42 wins, which would be their fewest since 2001-02 – the last time they missed the playoffs.
They are a team looking for some consistency.
It seems like we’ll lose one, win one. Lose two, win two, said coach Al Sims, whose Komets are 15-10-1 and tied for third place in the seven-team IHL heading into tonight’s game against the visiting Dayton Gems.
That will be the first segment of a home-and-home series.
The Komets are coming off a four-game road trip that saw them go 2-2. That included a masterful 7-2 victory over league-leading Muskegon on Saturday, then a 4-1 loss against sixth-place Flint on Sunday.
Obviously, we got a big one in Muskegon. Unfortunately, we followed that with the game at Flint. We played pretty well but their goalie, (Rob) Nolan, stole the show (with 35 saves) and beat us even though we had better scoring chances, Sims said.
We don’t have the type of offense right now that has the type of confidence to beat a goalie who’s on. We have to win our games 1-0 or 2-1, and (our goalie) Nick Boucher has to counteract the opposition.
If the Komets have had a savior on offense recently, it’s been center Colin Chaulk, who has four goals and 11 points in his last five games, putting him over 500 points with the franchise.
He’s really cranked it up to another level, Sims said. He and (Konstantin) Shafranov and (David) Hukalo really lit it up before Hukalo twisted his back Saturday.
Hukalo, the Playoff MVP, is questionable to play tonight because of back spasms, though forward Tomas Klempa will be back after missing two games because he was stranded out of town due to the weather.
Meanwhile, Komets forward Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock, the native of Fort Wayne, was selected as the IHL’s rookie of the week. He had two goals, two fights and a plus-2 rating in two games.
After back-to-back games against the Gems, the Komets play host to Bloomington in the annual New Year’s Eve game. The Komets are 35-13-4 on New Year’s Eve since 1955. There was one other game played on the road, and none was played in 1975. The Komets have won seven straight on New Year’s Eve.