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The Journal Gazette

Friday, April 21, 2017 6:50 pm

Early minutes key for K's

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

MOLINE, Illinois – Everyone expects the Quad City Mallards to come out extra hard and set the tone tonight, so it's all about the first 10 minutes.

In my experience, when a team is down 3-0 in a series, as the Mallards are, you know right away if they've got fight left in them or if they're just done.

The Komets have to withstand that early pressure – if it's there – and block shots and be good in the transition game.

But here's the biggest thing: the Komets can't turn the puck over, something that dogged them in Game 3, and they can't take penalties.

The last thing they need to do is give the Mallards life.

The Komets would really like to get Kyle Thomas and Garrett Thompson and Jamie Schaafsma going at the offensive end, so keep an eye on those players.