March 20, 2017 - ECHL (ECHL) - Fort Wayne Komets
Fort Wayne, IN-- The Komets improved to 37-17-7, 81 points and rank fifth in the ECHL with a .664 winning percentage after collecting two points and going 1-1-0 for week 23 of 2016-17.
Friday the Komets posted their seventh shutout of the year 3-0 for their ECHL-best 24th home win over the Tulsa Oilers, matching last season's number of shutouts. Garrett Thompson scored the first goal of the game and the eventual game winner. Jamie Schaafsma and Mike Embach also hit the net for Fort Wayne. Goaltender Pat Nagle earned his second shutout of the season stopping 32 shots for his 14th career shutout.
Sunday the Komets were the victims of a shutout for the first time this season, falling 1-0 to the Beast at Brampton. Nagle suffered his second loss of the year making 23 saves on 24 shots and ends his shutout streak at 140:21. Brampton netminder Zachary Fucale registered his fourth whitewash of the year on 30 shots. Fort Wayne finishes the season series against Brampton at 1-3-1.
The Komets enter week 24 holding second place in the Central division of the ECHL's Western Conference, trailing first-place Toledo by 14 points with 11 games remaining. The Komets enjoy a seven-point cushion over third-place Quad City while Kalamazoo trails Fort Wayne by 11 points in the race for playoff position. The Komets have clinched a berth in the post season and If the playoffs started this week would face Quad City in a best-of seven first-round series.