FLINT, Mich. -- I'm really amazed at the talk I'm hearing from fans that Tim Haun should get a start today, just because Nick Boucher was in net for the 7-6 overtime loss in Game 3 of the Turner Cup Finals.
I don't pin a single one of those goals on Boucher. Not a single one.
I know there has been some discussion about Jamie Schaafsma's game-winning goal, but Boucher did alter the play in the first place by poking the puck away, and I don't hold him accountable for being defenseless when the Komets couldn't guard the puck behind the net.
Just this reporter's opinion.
I doubt coach Al Sims makes a goaltending change for tonight's Game 4. But Sims is anything but predictable.
- Looking for a key to tonight's game? How about shutting down Flint's Bryan Smolinski. The play that he made to force overtime was one of the most patient plays you will see at this level. I know players in both locker rooms were impressed. I never hear anything bad about Smolinski, a guy who certainly doesn't need the money he's making at the IHL level and is truly playing for love of the game. Since he might be the most talented player in the series, if he gets hot, the Komets could be in trouble.
- Funniest IHL conspiracy theory I've heard in a while was on this blog, where a reader insinuated that the Komets deliberately played a 13-goal game, the referee deliberately called a late power play, the Komets deliberately allowed the game to go to overtime, then deliberately lost, all because there were prospective new owners for Flint in the stands, so that this series can go seven games, too, thus making everyone more money. And people say we don't have a drug problem in this country?
- I'm pretty sure I wouldn't win this award, were there an equivalent in the IHL. In fact, I can't believe any journalist would feel entirely comfortable about accepting an award in which some of the criteria is to further "the league's brand." Not that I know anything about Bill Althaus, and I'm sure he's a nice guy, but as someone who prides himself on being an objective journalist, I cringe a bit at this comment from Central Hockey League commissioner Duane Lewis: "We all appreciate the positive way in which (Althaus) portrayed the team and the league."