The Komets are rolling – theyre on an 11-4-2 run – and theyve pulled into a tie with slumping Evansville for first place in the Turner Conference.
And there are only nine games remaining in the regular season for the Komets to separate themselves from the IceMen in the race for the conferences top playoff seed.
Both teams are 36-17-4.
But the Komets want to sharpen up mentally to make sure they have home-ice advantage throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs. In each of the Komets last three losses, the opposition has scored fewer than three goals, meaning the little mistakes are what have been hurting Fort Wayne.
This time of year, youre supposed to be sharp, defenseman Brent Henley said. Everything is close. Every game is a one- or two-goal game. Even the bottom-end teams are playing close games against the top teams.
After (57) games, there should be no questions about our systems or style of play. Everybody should be buying in or doing or doing their job because when you make mistakes at this time of year, you pay for them even more than you would have at the start of the year.
The Komets play tonight at Dayton, Ohio, before playing host to the IceMen on Friday and Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.
Fort Wayne is 7-3-0 against Dayton and 7-4-0 against Evansville, which has lost four in a row.
The Gems are 19-25-12.
You can always try and get better, Fort Wayne defenseman Bryant Molle said. The bottom line is, were probably not going to change too much at this point in the season, so a lot of it is pretty much mental.
Seven of the remaining games are at the Coliseum, where the Komets are 16-7-3. Thats a relief for a team that tonight will play its 18th game in 33 days.
The lack of travel will keep us healthy, especially some of the older guys who are banged up, and the younger guys who arent used to this much travel and this long a season, Henley said.
Its always better to play at home, sleep in your own bed and eat your own food. It is an advantage. That being said, we cant take a step back because we are at home. We should be playing harder.