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  • Jordan Reyes Imagery | Colorado Eagles Komets defenseman Cody Sol, right, and Michael Joly of the Colorado Eagles talk trash in the midst of the pre-game fracas that broke out between the teams Sunday in Loveland, Colorado, before Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.

Monday, May 14, 2018 2:40 am

More video, analysis from Game 2

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

LOVELAND, Colorado -- Here is more video from the Komets' 3-2 victory at the Budweiser Events Center, which tied the best-of-7 Western Conference finals with the defending-champion Colorado Eagles at one game apiece.

A handful of other things:

-- I'm not sure they believed me, but I told some people after Game 1 that the Komets weren't going to be a team that shied away from the rough stuff if need be, not with a lineup with Cody Sol, Bobby Shea, Dennis Kravchenko, and so on. I think there's a perception that the teams out west are the only tough ones. Well, anyone who saw the game Sunday might have a different opinion now.

-- I also had warned them that Garrett Bartus shouldn't be underestimated, that he isn't the typical backup. He certainly proved that. He's not always the prettiest goalie to watch, but he's effective and there's no doubt the players rally in front of him. The other thing is Bartus thrives in games that are physical for whatever reason.

-- Here's my guess on what the league will do punishment-wise. I think Daniel Maggio and Joey Ratelle get two games, Dennis Kravchenko and Gabriel Verpaelst get one apiece because they already served one, and I think fines to others will be given out. At the end of the day, it was fun to watch, but it amounted to two fights. I wouldn't be shocked if they just give Maggio and Ratelle one game each and the rest are fines. Besides, the league needs to shoulder some responsibility for having no one out there. I know it's not standard procedure -- and one has to start wondering why that is -- but everyone knew they were going to get in each other's faces during warm-ups. Well, almost everyone. I'm not convinced some important people even knew that Michael Houser was injured.