WICHITA, Kan. -- Yes, I was the one who predicted Wichita would win the President's Cup finals in six games.
And Colin Chaulk won't let me forget it. (Speaking of which, don't players always claim they don't read the paper or the blog? Funny.)
Anyway, the Komets' 6-3 victory at Intrust Bank Arena gives them a 2-0 lead over the Wichita Thunder with the next three games -- if there are three -- at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.
There's no way Fort Wayne will lose this series now.
I know what you're going to say: Missouri coughed up a 2-0 lead to Fort Wayne before going home in the last season.
A) The Komets were in that series and are cognizant of what happened and can avoid it.
B) Missouri wasn't a good team at home and Fort Wayne is.
C) Wichita hasn't shown me a whole lot in this series to give me any confidence in my initial pick. And, to be frank, I don't think Fort Wayne has played all that well yet.
D) Even if Fort Wayne doesn't win the series by Game 5, they're good enough to win it on the road. I just don't see them losing 4 of 5 games now.
Now, in my defense, as the video shows, I said all along that the Komets were a better team than Wichita. I made the pick I did because of the schedule. I didn't see the Komets having only one day off after two grueling series, with all the travel, and being able to get one game here.
Instead, they got two.
I couldn't have been more wrong. They played well here. Goalie Nick Boucher really saved them in Game 1, after they coughed up the two-goal lead.
Tonight, the Thunder almost looked scared of Fort Wayne once it was down a couple goals. What will the Thunder do when the Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock-Stephon Thorne-Jean-Michel Rizk line gets going like it was in the last two series?
So, am I changing my pick? I guess you would have to say so, since it was all predicated on what happened in the first two games. Now I think the Komets will win.