Quite a different Quad City team from last weekend with Brady Brassart and Grant Arnold playing center... How about Travis Ewanyk winning the faceoffs with 14 seconds and 1.5 seconds left? No way was anybody else going to take those faceoffs, and there was no way the Mallards center was going to win them... Did anyone notice what Dan Milan did on those two faceoffs? He basically tackled the Quad City winger and prevented him from getting to those picks. It was a heady, brilliant play because no referee is going to call an interference penalty during those situations... It was Milan's 25th birthday and the Komets fans sang "Happy Birthday" to him when he came out of the dressing room after the game. I'm pretty sure he blushed... If you didn't already know, Quad City defenseman Kevin Gibson is the son of former Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers star Kirk Gibson... The slashing call on Quad City's Nolan LaPorte that led to Fort Wayne's power-play goals was weak, real weak... How good was Mike Embach as the 10th forward? Every time he got a shift he provided a marked increase in energy and speed... Quad City kept looking for home-run passes to use its speed and create offense and the Mallards almost got a few through the defense... The Komets' defenseman have to be very careful of getting caught cheating up ice. Even if a forward rotates back, that may not be enough... The Memorial Coliseum ice was horrible. The puck was rolling and bouncing so much it was like they weren't using frozen pucks... That said, bring a jacket to Game 2 because the air conditioning will be going full blast tonight... Kyle Thomas's parents are in town from Massachusetts... Can Quad City play any better than the Mallards did in Game 1? Because the Komets sure can.
Some extra quotes from Gary Graham:
"We out-chanced them 11-2 in the second, but we went from six turnovers in the first to 11 in the second. That's why they scored the one goal. We had a bad turnover. The playoffs just like anything is a game of mistakes, but it seemed like when we made a mistake it was of epic proportions and all of a sudden it was in the back of the net."
"I did not like the power play at all. Guys were holding on to it and trying to do everything by themselves. I think a big part of tomorrow's video meeting will be guys trusting one another and using each other more on the power play. Guys were just overthinking it a lot, and looked like we hadn't practiced it for three straight days."
"With C.J. (Motte) you have to try to create offense from below the net because initially on shots he's so aggressive on his angles it's hard to beat him clean. We try to get some different things with the puck from low to high and east to west to change things up on him."