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On Komets, All-Stars and reviews

January 6, 2019

The Komets’ 3-2 victory over the Indy Fuel tonight was their third victory in as many nights, in as many cities, and it seems as if they’re hitting their stride.

The team was heaping a lot of praise on Taylor Crunk : hint: check out my story in Sunday’s Journal Gazette : for his assist on the Justin Hodgman goal and how he paid the price for it, as well as all of the other little things he’s been doing lately.

Here’s a taste from coach Gary Graham: “He’s doing the little things and I’m glad you brought him up because we’ve been talking, coming into this 2019 year, how we have to find a way to be more desperate in everything we do in games if we’re going to give ourselves a chance to win games. The division is too good and the parity is real. To create separation in the standings, we’re going to have to give more of ourselves every night, and I told the guys, ‘I’ll give you more days off for rest or whatever I can do for you, but we need to empty the tank, do everything right, all the little things.’ He’s really bought into that.”

-- The All-Star teams will be announced Monday. Remember, because it’s a four-team 3-on-3 tournament, and the host Toledo Walleye gets two teams, not every team will actually be guaranteed players in the actual All-Star Classic. However, I’m told every team will at least be represented among the players or reserves. As I see it, the Komets’ candidates are from the following players: Justin Hodgman, Jake Kamrass, J.C. Campagna, Zach Fucale or Marco Roy. Of course, you never know with the ECHL. Last year, Shawn Szydlowski led the league in scoring and didn’t make the game. It really is more of a prospects game.

-- The more I think about this instant replay issue, the more I find it absolutely absurd that the ECHL has it in four arenas but not the rest. Granted, the perspective of a Komets beat writer who covers a substantial amount of games on the road is different than most, but I’ve now witnessed at least six controversial goal calls over 22 games this season, and four that I’m, oh, 99 percent sure were incorrectly called. I’ve already covered the insanity of claiming that the technology isn’t there or that it’s too expensive; I’m replaying these things in seconds, literally seconds, with an iphone that is four generations old. But here’s where the ECHL really loses me: how can it justify having it in two buildings within the Central Division and not the others? Just common sense tells me that it is more willing to have correct calls made in Toledo and Kalamazoo but not the others; doesn’t that therefore potentially skew the results of the other four divisional teams unfairly? I’m sure there’s an algebraic formula on this.

jcohn@jg.net

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