Watch the video above if you want to see what all the hullabaloo was about with referee Brett Sheva's bad call in overtime at Memorial Coliseum, which led to Evansville's 2-1 victory over the Komets.
It's a dive. Plain and simple.
Especially after he had swallowed his whistle since 13:34 of the third period.
"It was a terrible way to end a great game," Fort Wayne's Chris Auger said. "I thought both teams played very well. It was a very physical and very personal game.
"Any time the ref gets involved like that, after he put his whistle away for so long, it's really unfortunate. I feel terrible for Coyle. They called it on a non-scoring opportunity. … But there are a lot of positives and I'm really happy with the way things are going."
- The Komets are still working on trading Mike Vaskivuo, who left the team Dec. 26 in hopes of going to a new club. "We've got a couple irons in the fire with him and I think something will happen early (this) week," Komets general manager David Franke said.
- Todd Mancuso, a goalie for IPFW's club team, has been ruled ineligible by the American Collegiate Hockey Association because he suited up for the Komets as an emergency backup Dec. 21 against Reading. Mancuso wasn't paid by the Komets, who had used IPFW goalies, such as Larkin Saalfrank, before. Apparently, the rule had been changed and no one notified IPFW. As a club team, they don't have the funds to send someone to the meetings when rules changes are formalized. While I understand why the rule is in place, it cost this kid three years of his career -- to be an emergency backup. IPFW is appealing.
- Former Komets star Brett Smith attended the Komets game tonight. He plays for Brampton of the CHL but has been out six weeks with aggravation of a neck injury, which he first suffered with Fort Wayne in the 2012 playoffs.
- Komets goalie Ben Meisner missed a second game on bereavement leave. Saalfrank was the backup to Andrey Makarov.