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  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette The Komets celebrate after their first goal against Wichita in the first period at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 11:50 pm

Postgame reaction to K's OT victory

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

After the Komets defeated the Wichita Thunder 5-4 in overtime Saturday on Gabriel Desjardins' nifty goal from 30 feet out, as he was falling to the ice, he had this to say: “Honestly, I didn’t really look. I just shot and it went in. I was actually surprised at first. I just heard everyone getting loud and I was like, ‘Oh, wow, that went in?’ I was happy. It had been a couple games for me. I’d been struggling to put the puck in the net, so it feels good.”

  • Can you believe the Komets have three guys around 30 goals? Desjardins has 29. Garrett Thompson, who had a hat trick, is up to 29, and Shawn Szydlowski has 30. That's incredible for any level. 
  • The Komets certainly aren't overly ecstatic about this victory, not when they allowed two short-handed goals, but they are pleased to come out with the victory and show some resiliency. The feeling is they will be better for this adversity they are going through with their play and the injuries. “We all hate losing and this isn’t the town or the organization to be losing games,” said Komets coach Gary Graham, whose team can finish no worse than second in the Central Division. “Everybody feels the pressure. You’ve just got to embrace it and move forward.”
  • Cody Sol and Justin MacDonald could return to the lineup Wednesday against Kansas City, so that would be big as the Komets are six points back of Toledo with six games remaining. I don't see any way the Walleye gives up that kind of lead, but they did lose to Brampton on Saturday.
  • If you're wondering about the fracas as the game at Indianapolis ended Friday, I'm not expecting any sort of suspension to come down for either team. Maybe a fine for an Indy player.
  • The Komets went 4-0-0 against Wichita during the regular season.