Resiliency hasnt been the Komets strong suit. The Komets have won only 48 percent of their games after a loss this season.
Thats part of what made the events of last weekend so interesting.
On the heels of Fridays 4-2 loss to the Quad City Mallards at Memorial Coliseum, the Komets answered with back-to-back shutouts, 2-0 victories at Dayton and against the visiting Evansville IceMen.
Weve got a little bit of our swagger back and are more confident, I guess you could say, said goaltender Kevin Reiter, who was selected as the CHLs Goaltender of the Week after he stopped 69 of 70 shots and had two shutouts in three games last week.
Were not gripping the sticks (tightly). Were spreading the wealth more and (lots of) guys are starting to chip in now.
The Komets (21-19-5), who were in the CHLs cellar for most of the season, have won 8 of 9 games heading into tonights match at Bloomington, Ill.
Theyre one point back of Dayton for seventh place in the Turner Conference and believe the way they responded to losing to the Mallards shows they will be a force in the final 21 games of the regular season.
Every point is big right now for us, and we cant afford to lose two in a row the rest of the season, Reiter said.
The Komets have won eight straight road games, tied with conference-leading Rapid Citys current run for the longest road streak in the league this season.
We get the lead on the road and weve been very tough to come back against the last eight games on the road, Fort Wayne coach Al Sims said.
Fort Wayne is 3-3-0 against the PrairieThunder (25-16-3).
Sims likes the fire that his players have been skating with lately, a byproduct of having center Leo Thomas and defenseman Brandon Warner come off injured reserve and there being competition for playing time.
Extra bodies makes everyone a little anxious and gives them an edge, Sims said.
The 13 goals scored in four games last week came from nine different players.
Its been different guys every night and we dont have to rely on one or two guys where if theyre not going, were not winning, Reiter said.