Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette The Komets' Louick Marcotte, right, pushes past the Mallards' Jake Bolton during the first period Saturday at the Coliseum.
Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' players including Shawn Szydlowski, far left, celebrate after teammate Ryan Culkin scored the second goal during the first period Saturday against Quad City at the Coliseum.
Saturday, December 09, 2017 11:20 pm
Wild stats for K's captain, more
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
Let's think about Jamie Schaafsma's night for a moment here.
He had an empty-net power-play goal in the first period, albeit for the Quad City Mallards (with credit actually going to Mallards goalie C.J. Motte). He had an empty-net, short-handed goal for the Komets, who won 5-3 tonight. He also had an assist and a plus-1 rating.
So if you think about it, he had the first goal and the insurance goal in this game.
“That was the slowest puck I’ve ever seen. I was just watching it and thinking (oh no),” Komets coach Gary Graham said of the Schaafsma pass that missed his teammates, caromed off the bench and trickled into his own net on a night the Komets had to twice come back against the Mallards.
Fort Wayne has won even of its last eight games.
“That’s the thing about this team – it’s really resilient,” said Mason Baptista, who had the game-winning short-handed breakaway goal in the third period. “After they scored that first goal, we were like, ‘That’s over; it’s fine.’ And even after they scored their second one, which was just off a bad bounce. But the biggest thing we’re starting to learn is our short-term memory. We’ve really got to forget about it, move on and just go out and play.”
Graham was asked if he's just going to keep riding Michael Houser, the Komets' goaltender, who has played in 11 of the last 12 games. He wouldn't talk about it. I would have never guessed coming into this season that Garrett Bartus would see so little action, but I'm all for riding the hot goalie until he bucks you and Houser has been terrific.
Updated video highlights are above.
“We got away from our game in the second period. We stopped shooting the puck. We had guys who were just trying to make that perfect play too much,” said Graham, whose Komets outscored the Mallards 3-0 in the third. “We just said, ‘Guys, C.J. played (Friday) night and we’ve got to keep throwing pucks at the net.’ … It just seems like sometimes we have too much time and space on the ice and that’s when we get into problems.”