WICHITA, Kan. -- Some fans who watched the Komets' 5-3 victory over the Wichita Thunder in Game 1 of the President's Cup finals were asking me if the ice surface at Intrust Bank Arena is regulation size.
The Thunder insists it is.
I will admit it looked just a touch small to me, but I mean it -- just a touch. It's probably just an optical illusion, since this arena is so much bigger than the ones the Komets played in during the last two rounds in Rapid City, S.D., and Independence, Mo.
I did ask Komets captain Colin Chaulk about this, and he said he believes it's tighter behind the nets. That can be problematic for the Komets, who like to set up behind the net.
"The back of the nets (at Intrust Bank Arena) seem more like an oval shape, kind of like Missouri," Chaulk said. "It seems a little smaller than our building. If you look at video, the back of the net seems like an Olympic-size surface in our building (Memorial Coliseum)."