Jon Booras has a knack for foiling the Komets.
In his last 17 games against Fort Wayne, he has totaled seven goals and 17 points.
On Sunday, he did his usual damage for the Bloomington PrairieThunder.
With the teams even at two goals apiece in the second period, Booras hopped out of the penalty box, streaked into the Komets' offensive zone, intercepted a Guy Dupuis pass that was headed toward the blue line and took off on a breakaway to score.
It was all the damage the PrairieThunder would need in a 4-2 victory at Memorial Coliseum, which dealt the Komets a blow in their hopes of moving out of the eighth and final playoff position in the Turner Conference.
This isn't to say Fort Wayne, which had gone 2-0-1 in the previous four days, had no chances to tie it up and force overtime. The Komets put 30 shots on goaltender Brad Phillips. But it was when they didn't get any shots – during 1 minute, 2 seconds of a late 5-on-3 advantage – that had the 6,513 fans at Memorial Coliseum a little frustrated.
The Komets were 1 for 8 on the power play.
"We had numerous chances 5-on-3 and our power play didn't come through for us today," coach Al Sims said. "That's unfortunate, but those things happen. And their goaltender, I thought, played great. When you stop three breakaways, like he did, you're playing pretty good."
The Komets, who have four games remaining in their first CHL season, remain tied with Dayton for the eighth and final playoff spot in the playoffs, though both have clinched postseason berths. But the Komets have played one fewer game than the Gems and were hoping to pull even with sixth-place Quad City, which would potentially set up a first-round matchup with a favorable opponent – Bloomington.
Meanwhile, we had a nice debate on Twitter during the game -- www.twitter.com/jgkomets to check it out -- about a few topics. I'd love for you to chime in on them in the comments section.
Do you want the music freshened up a bit? How do you feel about the sound effects that are played during games, like the crying baby, that sort of thing? And do you think the music/effects played at the Coliseum are the same or different than other rinks?
I'm sure public-address announcer Larry Schmitt, who plays the music, too, will chime in on the topic. He usually does, and I invite him to do so.