Here's what Fort Wayne coach Gary Graham had to say after the Komets coughed up a three-goal lead in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Elmira Jackals on Friday at Memorial Coliseum.
"The reality is the second period is what cost us this game. We cut corners. We know exactly the way to play against Elmira. You can't give them stuff off the rush. And what did they do? The exact same thing, backdoor 2-on-1s. We see it on the film. We see it over and over and over again. We know exactly how to play against this team and we got away from the gameplan.
"That's the thing about this team. If we want to stick to the gameplan and execute, we can beat any team on any given night. But if we start cutting corners, we leave ourselves vulnerable and that's exactly what happened. We lost the level of intensity that we needed in the third period.
"There was unwillingness to shoot the puck. You see us come down the ice, 4-on-4, with a great chance to shoot the puck and we drag it to the middle where everybody is at and we lose the puck in transition. You can't play rush-for-rush, up-and-down hockey with Elmira. You can't do it. That's not the way to win."
Jason Dale, who had a goal and an assist in his debut with the Komets, agreed.
"It just kind of seemed that we got away from our gameplan," Dale said. "Initially, we were getting the pucks deep and working it in the corners. Then, it seemed like we were getting too fancy and it came up to bite us."
He had skated with the Komets for only about five minutes in the morning practice before making his debut.
"I felt like I was in pretty good shape. Even when I wasn't here, I was still hitting the gym and skating and stuff. I didn't feel too out of shape," Dale said
"It was a little bit funny when I got the call saying I was coming here. It was a rush. I remember the playoffs a couple years ago (in the CHL when I was with Bloomington). It's quite the place to play and everybody loves it here. The fan support is great."