Last season, the Komets' power play was downright awful. With an efficiency of 13 percent, the Komets finished last among the ECHL's 23 teams.
That is something they desperately want to change this season, which opens Saturday at Memorial Coliseum against the Toledo Walleye.
In the preseason, when the Komets won 2 of 3 games, they went only 2 of 12 on the power play.
However, there was that beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play that culminated with a Matthew Larke power-play goal in Saturday's 6-2 victory over Wheeling.
"I was yelling for an 'up-front presence' – I was screaming my head off – and then all of a sudden, we make three back-door plays and it's in the net with one of the prettiest plays I've ever seen," coach Gary Graham said, laughing. "So I told the guys, hmm, maybe we don't need an up-front presence. If it's going to look like that, I can live with it."
He was joking, of course, and Larke wound up getting released Sunday anyway.
The Komets have been spending time this week working on their power play.
"I'll be honest with you, it wasn't something we'd practiced much (last week) because it's just not something you do during the week of training camp," Graham said. "There are a lot of other things you're putting in. But you could see the skill of guys like (Nick) Tuzzolino and (Bobby) Hughes. You could see the skill come out."
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