There are a lot of reasons the Komets defeated the Quad City Mallards 4-0 on Saturday night.
Not the least of them was Jamie Milam's crushing first-period check on Mickey Lang, which sent him into the Komets' bench.
“That set the tone. They’re a small team and we want to be physical against them,” Komets coach Al Sims said. “If you had been where I was standing, you would have heard the pop. He just flew over the boards and couldn’t stop himself. It was a great way to get the crowd into it and get our team going.”
Center Brett Smith, who had two goals and an assist, agreed.
“It was good to get some momentum that way,” he said. “It’s nice to throw the body there. They’re a small, quick team, and to set an example during the game like that really paid off.”
- I've got to admit, I underestimated how good a defensive player Milam would be, in addition to his offensive skills.
- Smith extended his point-scoring streak to 10 games. During that stretch, he has 17 points. Yes, Colin Chaulk is in a bit of a slump, though not nearly as bad as some fans are making it out to be, but Smith is more than filling the void. Chaulk has always been a slow starter. Give him some time.
- The Komets got a lot of traffic in front of the net tonight. That resulted in three of their four goals. It's something they say they've been doing on the road; they just hadn't done it at Memorial Coliseum until tonight.
- This was the most hitting I've seen from the Komets at home this season.
- Nick Boucher stopped 38 shots for Fort Wayne's first shutout of the season. He was helped by three Quad City shots that went off the post, but Boucher was really on his game. Funny, too, because some people on twitter (@jgkomets) were telling me they wanted to see Kevin Beech tonight.
- This team is fun to watch right now because of all the youth. Molle brothers. Need I say more?