You may not have noticed that the Komets are the second hottest team in the league – they've won 10 of 12, slightly less impressive than Rapid City's 13 in a row – and the Komets might end up being a legitimate threat come the playoffs.
The latest proof came this weekend, when Sunday's 4-0 victory over the Dayton Gems at Memorial Coliseum capped a sweep of three games in less than 72 hours.
"Tonight was the best game we played all weekend, really," said goaltender Nick Boucher, who stopped 33 shots for the Komets' third shutout in their last six games. "Surely, we didn't play the full 60 minutes the first two nights. Tonight was a 60-minute effort. Admittedly, you haven't seen too much of that (from us) this year. It was a good, solid 60-minute effort and that's a good sign, for sure."
And it was a schedule stacked against Fort Wayne (24-20-5), now three points back of Wichita for sixth place in the Turner Conference. The Komets defeated the visiting Gems 6-3 on Friday night, then had to travel 306 miles – each way – to defeat the Quad City Mallards 3-2 on Saturday, while the Gems (23-21-4) had a relaxing evening off.
On Sunday, the Komets looked anything but beleaguered. Forwards Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock and Jon Mirasty dropped the gloves to fight Damien Surma and Matt McCue, respectively, in the first three minutes, in front of 8,011 fans.
Fort Wayne then tallied 18 of the first 24 shots, including goals from defenseman Craig Cescon and Schrock.
P.C. Drouin scored for the Komets, and Sean O'Connor netted another one in the second period, as the Komets improved their record against the Gems to 7-4-1. You will recall, though, Dayton won the first four meetings between the teams.
- Click here to see Laura Gardner's photos from tonight's game.