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No word yet on suspensions

Don't expect any word from the league today on possible suspensions from the Komets' fight-filled 5-4 victory over Wichita on Saturday night.

Click here for a recap.

The CHL is already collecting data on the events that transpired but since neither team plays until Wednesday -- that's when the Komets play host to Bloomington -- they will take their time to make sure they get it right.

On the top right is another video I took Saturday night. It's pretty far away, but it's after Nick Boucher stopped the penalty shot and after Wichita goaltender Marty Magers was already escorted off the ice.

However, much, much better video than mine is here and here.

A couple of points I'd like to itterate:

  • In regards to Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock trying to get away from the official, no, I don't think it's nearly as bad as what Magers did, basically throwing a guy to the ice. However, Schrock still continually tried to escape the linesman, and that created a dangerous situation. I would expect the league to come down on him for it. Once the linesman has a hold of you like that, you have to just skate to the box. And had Schrock done so, the linesman could have more quickly gone back to break up the Jason Goulet-Dustin Molle bout.
  • I did ask Kevin Reiter about going into the game with two seconds left and if he thought he might have to fight Wichita's goaltender? He said the thought crossed his mind but the last thing he wanted was for that to happen because then Boucher would have had to go back in to finish the game, and Boucher could have then been attacked by Wichita. Frankly, the officials should have just called the game after all this happened. With the puck at the other end of the ice, less than three seconds wouldn't have been enough for Wichita to score and force overtime, so it was just asking for trouble by letting them to continue to play.
  • By the way, Komets coach Al Sims was really wise to take Boucher out when he did.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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