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  • Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Trevor Cheek, left, checks Quad City's Guillaume Gelinas into the boards deep in the Komets' zone during the first period of their game on Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:26 pm

Missed opportunities add up for K's

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

Oh, but if only the Komets could play the full 60 minutes, eh? Once again, they had a great comeback. Once again, it was only for a point in the standings.

With the Komets clinging to a five point lead over the Quad City Mallards for second place in the division, after the Mallards won 3-2 in an overtime shootout tonight, the feeling is that these missed opportunities are going to really hurt when the final standings are tabulated.

“We’re starting to get to a point now where if we get to overtime, we’ve got to start banging these overtime wins because we’re losing points here. You don’t want those to end up costing you at the end of the year,” said Komets coach Gary Graham, whose team (30-15-7) is 3-5 in games decided in overtime and 0-2 in shootouts.

Of course, it could be worse. When trailing after two periods, the Komets have a respectable record of 5-9-5. When giving up the first goal, they are 8-8-5.

But having to rally each and every night is so exhausting to watch, I can’t imagine what it’s like to play through.

The Komets have gone to shootouts in back-to-back games, after remarkably going 50 games without being in one, but they have failed to score on eight attempts. That’s wasted really good goaltending at the other end, where Komets goalies have stopped 6 of 8 attempts.

And tonight, I’m not sure the Komets even got a good shot off in the shootout, after Brett Perlini and Kyle Follmer had scored in regulation.

As much as I dislike seeing shootouts in the first place – let’s decide a hockey game with plays that are barely like hockey plays – it’s even worse seeing players get so cute they don’t even get a shot off.

Still, the Komets are 8-2-3 in their last 13 games and that’s made for 19 of a possible 26 points, which is pretty darned good. It’s just that, with this team, it could have been better.

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