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Thursday, November 23, 2017 11:50 pm

Confidence, little things key as Komets progress

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

The Komets are playing with more and more confidence as the season goes on.

Shawn Syzdlowski referenced last week's loss to Toledo as game that provided the turning point.

"We know (Toledo is) one of the better teams in the league and they've had our number for the past couple years," he said. "I think it's about confidence, just knowing how we can play and when we play the right way like we did in Toledo last week when we scored three goals in second period, came back and tied the game.

"That was us playing our best hockey and I think we came out, started the game the same way and keeping it rolling, keeping our confidence."

The momentum is contagious as the players are improving every day and seeing that the little things add up.

"You have to have the role guys on your team and those guys typically go out and do the little things right," coach Gary Graham said, "and when they're rewarded, it really boosts the team morale because you see there's a path to success that way.

"You do you the little things right, you work hard, you're patient, you buy your team, you're a good team-first guy and when your team needs you, you step up."

New opportunities will pop up for those other guys as Marco Roy (San Diego) and Artur Tyanulin (Tucson) were called up to the AHL this week.

"Those are two really good guys, key depth guys and I think we got a lot of depth in this room even with those guys moving up, best of luck to them," Dennis Kravchenko said. "I think we have a lot of guys who can fill other roles, maybe not necessarily Marco's or Arty's role. There are other players that can do other things and as long as we buy-in as a team, I think it's really hard to beat us."

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