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Komets
at Evansville
When: 8:15 p.m. Thursday
Radio: 1190 AM

Komets strive for consistency from offense

Despite some flashes of productivity, the Komets have not scored more than four goals in back-to-back games this season.

So, understandably, they are looking to get a sustained offensive surge.

“I think so,” coach Al Sims said Monday. “We’ve got a lot of young guys, and consistency is the biggest part of the pro game. You have to get used to performing at a consistent level.”

The Komets (4-4-0) are confident they have the weapons to be the CHL’s most dynamic club, even though they rank only sixth among 14 teams with 3.38 goals per game. Missouri ranks first with 4.00 per game.

The Komets won 8-2 at Dayton on Nov. 8. And in their last game, Saturday, they won 7-2 at Rapid City, S.D.

The problem was a 5-2 loss at Rapid City wedged in the middle.

Hence, the consistency issue.

“Well, we did just play two of our best games of the year,” Sims said. “Winning two out of three is pretty consistent. You just hope that you can keep it going on an everyday basis.”

The Komets begin a stretch of three games in as many nights Thursday at Evansville, but it’s unclear whether they will have either forward Jesse Bennefield or defenseman Brent Henley in the lineup.

Bennefield, who has one goal and three points in four games, has missed the last four games with a foot injury. Henley, who has one assist and 23 penalty minutes in six games, injured his knee Friday at Rapid City. But it’s not the same knee that had multiple surgeries and kept him out all of last season.

The Komets, who have been led by forwards Bobby Chaumont (two goals, 12 points) and Brett Smith (four goals, 10 points), have gone 1-2-0 against the IceMen and been outscored 11-4 along the way. The IceMen (6-0-1) are the only team without a loss in regulation time, after finishing a CHL-worst 21-32-13 last season.

Despite defenseman Jamie Lovell going scoreless and minus-3 in his debut Friday, Sims said he’s pleased to have Lovell, 29, adding depth to the roster.

“His first game was a little rough,” Sims said, “coming in after so long a layoff and not having training camp. He was minus-3 Friday and it was a rough outing. He expected to do better and he certainly did the next night with a goal and an assist. ... I think it just took him a game to get into it again.”

Note: The Komets will have a Colin Chaulk bobblehead giveaway Jan. 8, when they play host to the Dayton Gems. Fans are invited to vote on which uniform Chaulk wears at: www.s1sonline.com/komets/dovote.

jcohn@jg.net

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