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Saturday, November 30, 2019 11:40 pm

K's embracing defense after OT victory

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Komets suddenly have a stingy defense, but will it last?

“It’s something, definitely, that we’ve been working on,” forward Brad Morrison said, after he got his own rebound, skated out of the corner and netted a backhand, power-play goal for a 3-2 overtime victory over the division-leading Cincinnati Cyclones tonight at Memorial Coliseum.

“We’re a high-flying team here and we realize that. But we know, at times, we have to stay back and play safe in our own end, take defense seriously. If we continue to do that, like we did tonight, things will be positive going forward for the team.”

The Komets (12-6-2) came into the night with the ECHL’s second-ranked offense (4.26 goals per game) and No. 21 defense (3.79 goals against), they have given up only two goals in their last two games as netminder Cole Kehler has looked terrific.

“For us, that’s the right way to play,” coach Ben Boudreau said. “I think we realized that after the 3-nothing win, that we’ll find the offense but we’ve just got to be patient. We can’t be leaving too early what is right, our structure. We stuck with our structure for 60-plus minutes tonight and found a way to win. I think the lightbulb went off Thursday night and it was great to be able to build off that, especially against the division leaders.”

(Video highlights from the game are above.)

-- This was a crucial victory for the Komets’ confidence since they came in with a combined 0-5-0 record against the two division powers, Cincinnati and Toledo.

-- The Komets have gone to overtime in four of their last six games, winning three of them. For the season, the Komets are 5-2 in games that have gone past regulation time. Last season, they were 10-10, but that included an 8-4 record in overtime and a 2-6 record in shootouts, something they haven’t experience yet this season.

-- Taylor Doherty, who was acquired today, won’t join the Komets until Monday, after they play at Kalamazoo, Michigan, 3 p.m. Sunday.

-- Matthew Boudens, who was called up by Chicago of the American Hockey League, has been returned. Also, Jermaine Loewen is coming back from Chicago.


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