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Observations on Game 2

The Komets celebrate Cody Sol's goal with 20.6 seconds left that forced overtime. (Photo by Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel)
The Komets celebrate Cody Sol's goal with 20.6 seconds left that forced overtime. (Photo by Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel)
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Sunday, April 30, 2017 03:07 am

First off, was it a penalty? Yes, because of one definitive technicality: The referee said it was. Though many fans want to believe differently, 99 percent of all sports officials are not cheaters and they aren't incompetent. And every hockey referee alive is going to call a high hit near the head. Always, and, yes, absolutely they should... Hope everybody made it back safe on the drive home. At least the storm provided a free car wash... It's just a guess, but I was thinking there must have been 500 or more Komets fans there Saturday night... What an amazing atmosphere in Toledo. It reminds me of the old Memorial Coliseum before the renovation. Loud!... There will be lots of Toledo fans in Fort Wayne on Friday for Game 4... Mason Baptista was inserted into the lineup and Brett Perlini sat out... Toledo has scored 16 power-play goals in 39 attempts against the Komets. In fact, the Walleye have scored at least one in all eight games against Fort Wayne... The Walleye are 6-0 at home in the playoffs this season after going 8-8 over the previous two seasons... This was their third sellout crowd of this postseason... Tyson Spink's goal 22 seconds after the opening faceoff isn't close to the fastest every scored against the Komets in a playoff game. That was 10 seconds by Gary Harmer of Des Moines on April 2, 1967... Despite that goal, the Komets did a great job of recovering from Toledo's first 10-minute blitz and settling down. The Walleye had three shots in 42 seconds and then the Komets iced the puck three straight times... The Komets could barely get the puck to center ice for a while, but Pat Nagle kept freezing it for faceoffs to slow the game down... The Komets came within inches of scoring about five goals Saturday night, including a couple that hit the post... The Komets did a much better job in Game 2 of getting to the front of the Toledo net and to rebounds... Can't figure out why on the rush, the Komets continue to settle for long-range one-on-one shots when there's no one between them and the goaltender. Take the puck to the net!... The Komets dominated the second half of the game... This is the first time all year the Komets either killed off a two-man power play or scored on one when they then lost the game... There were two great hockey games, within one goal or tied for 120 minutes. Just wonderful to watch... Got to sit next to Shane Albahrani the last two nights and listen to his call. Bob would be proud!... Something I've noticed, if the Komets have trouble moving the puck through the neutral zone, they aren't afraid to pass it back into their defensive zone. In other words, sometimes they are going backward to have an opportunity to move forward. It's better than forcing it and turning the puck over. Smart play.

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