Great. So now we get two hockey teams that dont know how to stay dead.
In this corner, your Fort Wayne Komets, who have turned flirting with elimination into performance art.
In this corner, your Flint Generals, who danced on the brink themselves before braining Muskegon with symmetry: a 5-2 win, followed by another 5-2 win, followed by another 5-2 win.
Now here they are in the Turner Cup Finals – two-time champion overdogs against the apparently all-but-extinct underdog of underdogs – and, listen, this could go on all summer. Your 2-year-old could be in college before this is done. Your 5-year-old, presently conducting an experiment involving a peanut butter sandwich and your DVD player, could be running Mission Control.
Both of us came back from 3-1, Komets player-coach Colin Chaulk said. I think its pretty obvious its definitely not going to be over until that last buzzer.
So how do the Komets get to that last buzzer in front?
Thats not the question. The question – to turn all this upside down, just for funsies – is how do they not?
I figure theres only one of two ways.
1. Karma is not their friend.
Lets be honest about this: The feel-good storys on the other side of the ice this time.
While the Komets winning would just be the rich getting richer, consider the Generals script. First of all, they play in Flint, home of the Adversity Olympics. Second, they were dead last in the league as late as the last week of February. Third, theyre 99 percent orphan, ditched by their owners and thrown over by their own arena for a junior team.
Yeah, theyve got the Cinderella story going for them, Chaulk said.
The math aint down with em.
Some numbers now, from the last five meetings between the Komets and the Generals.
Shots on goal per game for the Komets: 42
Goals per game: 2
Power play: 2 for 27
Toward the end of the season, they stole a bunch of games from us, Komets forward Sean OConnor said. Their goaltending is playing great, their top players are playing like top players, and defensively theyre playing really well. So I dont think theres going to be too many offensive opportunities.
And so to review: Karma plus math equals God Loves Him Some Generals.
On the other hand, if karma were all its cracked up to be, Butler would be national champs right now. And those last five games?
Precursors of nothing when its the next four-to-seven that count.
So Ill take Nick Boucher in goal over either Rob Nolan or Sergei Zvyagin, good as they are. Ill throw in with the Chaulks and OConnors and P.C. Drouins and Leo Thomases, guys whove done this before. Ill lean on Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and Brandon Warner for their hometown mojo, and on Justin Hodgman because well, come on, have you seen the guy play?
Especially of late, (Flints) a great team, Chaulk said. Theyre probably the hottest team in the IHL in the second half.
But I dont know that. I worry more about our team.
One more reason to take the overdogs.