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at Quad City
When: 8 p.m. today vs. Dayton
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Radio: 1190 AM
Hockey dictionary
The following are some words or phrases you might have heard the Komets use and not understood:
Dump: Flip puck deep into offensive zone
Give and go: Pass puck, then skate to get it passed back to you
Hot rim: Hard dump into offensive zone
Leave it: Tells goaltender to give up puck for incoming teammate
Over: Pass to defense partner by sending along boards in opposite direction
Pinch: Press opposing players as they try to break puck out of zone
Pressure: Be aware of defender coming
Push it: Tells goalie to push puck from net, so teammate can retrieve and make rush up ice
Reverse: In defensive zone, turn and skate puck other direction
Rim it: Fire it hard around boards of offensive zone
Self chip: Bank puck off boards and retrieve it yourself
Soft chip: Soft shot off boards into offensive zone
Time: Don’t panic; there’s no one on you
Track: Chase and try to strip opposing puck carrier
Walk it out: There is room to skate puck out of defensive corner
Wheel: Skate the puck hard because you have time
Wrap: Like a rim, shooting puck hard along boards in offensive zone
Here are some other hockey terms you might not know:
Barn: Hockey rink
Basket: The goal
Biscuit: Puck
Bomb: Hard slap shot
Cheese: Shot into top of net
Filthy: A play or player that’s amazing
Greasy: A play that’s not pretty but effective
Muffin: Soft shot
One-T: A one-timer; shooting puck without stopping it first
Pillow: Soft shot off goalie’s pads
Sauce: Amount of force put into a shot or pass
Saucer pass: An airborne pass, high enough to go over sticks
Laura J. Gardner | The Journal Gazette
Bobby Phillips, left, and Guy Dupuis, along with their Komets teammates, use specific words and terms to communicate on the ice.

Komets employ special language to communicate

Photo illustration by Laura J. Gardner | The Journ
Komets coach Al Sims and center Chris Francis illustrate the importance of communication on the ice.

– If you sit in the lower bowl at Memorial Coliseum, chances are you hear Komets players yelling things to one another, at least if they are doing what they should be.

Good communication is a key to success for any hockey team.

“Honestly, and I really believe this, communication is the most important part of the game,” forward Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock said. “It may not seem from the stands like talking out there is that (pivotal), but if a guy is talking and it means you don’t have to look up before you make a decision, that makes it so much easier to be successful out there.

“One of the best feelings you have as a hockey player is when something works because you all communicated well.”

Considering the Komets’ record is a Central Hockey League-worst 5-13-1, and they’ve lost five in a row heading into tonight’s game against the Quad City Mallards in Moline, Ill., perhaps the communication could stand to improve.

“All I hear little kids say out on the ice is ‘pass, pass, pass,’ ” Shrock said. “But there are a lot of terms, and the teams that communicate the best are the ones that win.”