One down, two to go in the Week That Is.
The Komets swept easily past Bloomington tonight, 5-0, getting two goals from Sean O'Connor, one apiece from Konstantin Shafranov, Colin Chaulk and Justin Chwedoruk and outshooting the PrairieThunder 46-25. That gives them 102 shots in their last two games.
More to the point, they got the effort at the other end. Chaulk actually made a save once when goalie Tim Haun got caught out of net, and Bobby Phillips made a great play to break up a 3-on-1. As coach Al Sims said later, they played as if they knew what was at stake this week.
Along those lines: Muskegon lost 4-3 at home to Quad City tonight, pulling the Komets to within eight points of first.
"Hard to believe that's possible considering where we were a month ago," Sims said. "Just shows you how quickly things can change."
A couple of other notes:
* O'Connor has now scored three goals in his last two games.
* Chwedoruk (4), Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock (5), Leo Thomas (6) and Matt Syroczynski all had four or more shots. David Hukalo, in his first game back, had three.
* Speaking of Thomas, he dropped the gloves and went a couple of rounds with Bloomington's Greg McCauley tonight. It was, he said, his first fight in two years.
"I forgot how much it wears you out," he said.
* Shafranov continues to churn out points. He had a goal and an assist tonight and now has 43 points on the season.