A hockey fan could not ask for much better action than what the Komets and Muskegon Lumberjacks have provided thus far at Memorial Coliseum.
Muskegon and Fort Wayne are tied at 2 at the end of the first period. Both Lumberjacks goals came from Robin Bouchard, who is now two away from setting the all-time goal-scoring record in minor-league hockey. The current mark of 682 is held by Don Parson.
Fort Wayne has looked solid. It's skating hard, hitting hard, too.
The best play of the period came from Fort Wayne's Leo Thomas, who saved a goal when Billy Collins whacked the puck between goaltender Tim Haun and the right goalpost at 12:50.
Seconds later, Fort Wayne's Sean O'Connor rifled a shot from the left circle into the top of the net to make it 1-1.
After Bouchard scored on a rebound, Fort Wayne's Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock scored from 15 feet out at 18:05, sending a shot through a crowd and past goalie Sebastien Centomo.
A couple of thoughts: Has Haun usurped Nick Boucher as the Komets' No. 1 goaltender? Is Schrock, a Fort Wayne native, a real star in the making here? I could see him being beloved in this arena for years to come. Think Colin Chin.
Finally, that video to your right is, courtesy of Otto Boschet. It's from the third period of the Komets' 5-3 victory Friday over Quad City. At the 3:35 mark, you can see the fight between Colin Chaulk and Marc Rechlicz, who attempted to head butt the Komets' captain.
Fort Wayne has asked the IHL for a review of that play. I think it's a little much adieu about nothing, but a head butt is not fair play and deserves a good look.