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Interview on the fight breakup

December 9, 2018 GMT

I thought you might be interested in the first-intermission interview that Komets broadcaster Shane Albahrani did with yours truly on the fight from Friday’s game at Wheeling, West Virginia, that was broken up before it even got started.

Albahrani had insight into why it was stopped and I had some thoughts about that and much more.

The audio, of course, is from the WOWO broadcast and the ECHL TV feed.

You can click on the video above to get the interview.

As for tonight’s game, the Komets’ 5-2 loss to the Indy Fuel, well, much of the talk after the game was about the sequence early in the third period in which the Komets got a Jason Binkley goal from the blue line and then they gave up an Indy goal just 33 seconds later. That Indy goal came after miscommunication behind the Fort Wayne net, which allowed Kevin Dufour to set up Olivier Labelle for a shot from the left circle.

“The challenge with this group, and we’ve talked about it, is how do we respond when we get down in games?” Komets coach Gary Graham said. “We come out and get that goal right away and it’s a new game. Then on the next shift, they come down and I did not like that goal, I did not like that goal at all. And that kind of set the tone for the rest of the period.”

We have seen situations like this so many times this season.

“It’s tough. The shift after a goal, whether it’s for them or it’s for us, is so important. I know the coaching staff emphasizes that and it’s on us, as players, to be ready in those situations when we get put out there,” said Komets forward J.C. Campagna, whose goal-scoring streak was halted at seven games, the longest in the ECHL this season.

“The good news about this game is we don’t have to wait a week to play; we get right back at it in less than 24 hours against a good Tulsa team coming in here. We’re going to bury this one and get ready for Tulsa tomorrow.”

In the Komets’ defense, whoa, they had some bad luck tonight. Not only an Indy goal that deflected off Binkley, but a 2-on-1 rush because Ryan Lowney lost an edge.

But good teams make their own luck, right?

In other news, on the Komets’ jersey auction that benefits a wonderful organization, Camp Watcha-Wanna-Do, which supports kids with cancer and their families, regardless of their medical circumstances, through ongoing quality recreational activities:  Shawn Szydlowski’s sold for the most at 890; and Chase Stewart’s at $850.

jcohn@jg.net