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Observations on Saturday's Komets-Mallards Game 2

Komets forward Shawn Szydlowski and Quad City center Brady Brassart talk before a faceoff during the first period Saturday night. (Photo by Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel)
Komets forward Shawn Szydlowski and Quad City center Brady Brassart talk before a faceoff during the first period Saturday night. (Photo by Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel)
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And why it takes the linesmen so long to drop the puck

Saturday, April 15, 2017 11:58 pm

The Fort Wayne forwards did a much better job of hustling back on defense in Game 2… The Komets were also much more aggressive on their forecheck and it was causing problems for the Mallards’ defensemen… What was Shawn Szydlowski saying to the Mallards’ Brady Brassart after getting slashed in the hand? “I just asked him if he wanted to have a fight. It’s playoff hockey, and the shift before I gave him a slash, and then he gave me one on the next one and I wasn’t happy with the area. It wasn’t in a padded area.”… Quad City goaltender C.J. Motte was a Ferris State Bulldog with current Komets Garrett Thompson, Jason Binkley and Ryan Lowney… Quad City has lost six consecutive playoff games over the last three seasons… The Memorial Coliseum ice was a little better for Game 2… Quad City’s 13 shots on goal in Friday’s Game 1 was close to establishing a new Fort Wayne record, but not quite there. The Komets allowed only 11 shots in a game April 2, 2003 against Port Huron. The two shots the Mallards had during the second period is one more than the team record set April 19, 1998 vs. Cleveland, April 20, 2004 against Kalamazoo and May 15, 2005 against Missouri.… The Komets are averaging nine more shots per game than the Mallards this season and have out-shot them in 13 of 14… Again, how good has Mike Embach been as the 10th forward? He got a ton of ice time in Game 2 because coach Gary Graham just kept rolling players out and everybody played with everybody. There really weren’t set lines in the second half of the game... It’s a good thing Will Weber’s wife Gibson is out of town because she wouldn’t like his nose. Remarkably, he didn’t need stitches from Friday night’s high-sticking, but he did wear a cage for Game 2 and was very effective… How about the way Ryan Lowney and Weber played tonight? Much better… The ECHL ruled there was no need for further discipline on the play, and the officials got the call correct. Remember, the only options according to the rules are a 4:00 double minor or a match penalty because there is no major for high sticking. Alex Petan’s infraction did not warrant a match penalty… The Komets are 26-0 in series where they take a 2-0 lead, 17-0 when they win the first two games at home. Looking ahead to Game 3, they are 23-0 when they are up 3-0 in a series and 24-5 when they are up 3-1… both Graham and captain Jamie Schaafsma mentioned after the game there were a few penalties the Komets took that they didn’t like, and that will be an area of emphasis in practice next week. The Komets have done a better job on that of late, but they still can and must do better.

So why is it taking so long to drop the puck on faceoff? It’s actually the Komets’ fault.

“Right now, the Fort Wayne centers are not getting their stick on the ice as they are required to do,” said ECHL officiating supervisor Mike Pearce. “For us, in order to drop the puck in a fair faceoff, the defending center has to have his stick down and be set on the ice with his feet inside the lines, and then the attacking center needs to get his stick placed on the ice and then wait until the linesman drops the puck. They are not doing that, 25 and 39 notoriously are coming across, they are not setting up. They are coming straight across to hit the opponent’s stick, and they should be kicked out every time they do it. They (the linesmen) are giving them one or two chances, but they should give them once chance and then eject them. They are getting too many chances to get it right.”

So basically, Travis Ewanyk and Trevor Cheek are cheating on the draws in the offensive zone, and they won’t do it correctly per the rule book until the linesmen force them to. It’s worth the advantage for them to push the linesmen which is causing the delays.

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