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1 of the wackiest games I've seen

Komets lose 5-4 to Bloomington but show lots of heart

Let me tell you, I've covered the Komets for 15 seasons and this was one of the wackiest games I've ever seen.

Let's sum up the 5-4 Komets loss to Bloomington on Friday night:

  • Goalie fight: Watch by clicking here.
  • Komets had two players ejected and, adding Colin Chaulk (concussion symptoms), had to play nearly the whole game three men short.
  • They faced a full five minutes of a 5-on-3 short-handed situation, then another major penalty pegged on to the end of it. Through that stretch, there were three power-play goals for Bloomington and two short-handed goals for Fort Wayne.
  • Bloomington was 3 for 6 on power plays with a short-handed goal. Fort Wayne, which scored two unanswered goals in the third period, was 1 for 4 on power plays with two short-handed goals.
  • How could referee Zak Blazic get the brawl so correct and then be so awful the rest of the game? Among the things he called: A penalty shot for Jordy Trottier, who was pulled down by Leo Thomas after the shot, but Gerry Festa made the save on the penalty shot.

Confused? Whew, who wasn't?

Here's a summation of the goal scoring:

Bloomington got goals from Kyle Laughlin and Doug Krantz during the two-man advantage, but Fort Wayne got a short-handed breakaway goal from Frankie DeAngelis. There was a third major penalty to kill off, since Molle got two, and the Blaze went up 3-1 on Jon Booras' rebound goal. DeAngelis answered with another short-handed goal at 9:03 by redirecting a Stephon Thorne shot past goalie Zane Kalemba, who had 42 saves.

Bloomington's Travis Granbois scored the next two goals, though, including a short-handed goal after a second-period turnover for a 5-2 lead. But the fiery Komets answered in the third with goals from Jamie Milam (power play) and Jean-Michel Rizk, both from about 45 feet out.

"The effort was great. Our guys were dying after the penalty kill. (Brent Henley) must have been on for eight or nine of the 10 minutes short-handed (after the brawl)," Sims said. "It hurt us the rest of the game. We just didn't have the energy we normally have. … And it was tough for Festa, too; 5-on-3 for five minutes is unheard of. … It definitely had an effect on their energy level late in the game."

I would expect suspensions for both Nick Boucher, who came in to brutally punch an unprepared Brian Mahoney-Wilson, and Bryant Molle, who started the whole thing by going after Ryan Palmer.

Palmer got a one-game suspension for clipping Brett Smith. We'll see if the CHL has any consistency here. If the CHL makes a quick ruling -- and it usually doesn't -- then the Komets might have to play Saturday's game against Allen three-men short, too.

Unless, they call P.C. Drouin, Brandon Warner, Konstantin Shafranov or Kevin Betram, or someone like that, in.

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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