Desperately needing a victory to maintain their hopes of winning a fourth straight regular-season championship, the Komets couldn't solve goaltender Rob Nolan.
Nolan stopped 35 of 36 shots as the Flint Generals defeated the Komets 3-1 at Perani Arena on Friday night.
The Komets' lone goal came from Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock in the second period, tying the game at 1. But the Generals answered with goals from Dan Lapointe and Jamie Schaafsma, as Fort Wayne goalie Nick Boucher stopped 45 of 48 shots.
Unfortunately for the Komets, first-place Muskegon defeated Bloomington 2-1 in an overtime shootout, extending the Lumberjacks' lead over Fort Wayne to eight points. Muskegon did that despite playing without the IHL's top two scorers, Todd Robinson and Robin Bouchard, who were suspended by the IHL for actions in a 4-3 loss to Dayton on Wednesday.
Muskegon has seven games remaining in the regular season. Fort Wayne, which won the last two playoff championships, has eight. The Komets' hold on second place over Port Huron is down to only two points, however.
- Good story out of the Dayton Daily News with IHL commissioner Dennis Hextall talking about the future of the league, which he seems to think is rosy: Click here.
- Here's a cool little nugget about Gordie Howe: Click here.
- Don't forget, the "We've got Game" internet radio show, with Justin Cohn and Ben Smith, starts Tuesday at 6 p.m. I just found out it'll be available on iTunes, so get your iPods, iPads and all your other "i" things ready, and you can listen when it's convenient for you. I'll bring you more information in the coming days, but there will be a button to listen to the show here at Ice Chips.