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Komets Net Three Points For Week 19; Generals Visit Saturday

February 22, 2010 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Fort Wayne Komets News Release

Fort Wayne, IN - The Komets earned three out of six points for week 19 of 2009-10 and begin week 20 with a 30-16-1-2 record for 63 points and third place, 12 points behind first-place Muskegon with eight weeks and 27 games remaining in the race for the Huber Trophy.

The Komets started the week suffering their first overtime loss of the season 4-3 to the visiting Bloomington PrairieThunder. The Komets fell to 6-3 in games needing extra time. Friday the Komets lost only their fifth home game in regulation to Port Huron 4-1. It's the first time this season the Komets are winless in two straight home games. Saturday the Komets completed the week with their third straight win at Dayton 3-2.

Komet streaks.....Four Komet point-streaks ended in Friday's 4-1 home loss to Port Huron. However, Saturday at Dayton Leo Thomas (C) dished an assist to extend his point streak to three games (1 goal, 2 assists), goaltender Tim Haun earned his third straight win and the victory gave the Komets a three-game road winning streak.

Home cookin'....in addition to being on pace to lead the league in attendance for the eighth consecutive season, after 23 home games the Komets are an improved 15-5-1-1 (.739) on home ice compared to last year's 11-8-1-3 (.565). Fort Wayne's special teams led the IHL at home on the power play (25.7%) and have the best home penalty kill at 88.9%. The Komets have the stingiest defense at home allowing only 52 goals on Coliseum ice.

Shooting the puck.....Sean O'Connor (RW) has emerged as a contender for the Komets' shots title, currently tied with usual leading shooter Guy Dupuis at 151 shots. Close behind is P.C. Drouin (LW) with 142 shots. However, Matt Syroczynski (LW) leads with a 4.7 shots per game average. The Komets lead the IHL with a 34.7 shots per game average.

Leading the "I".....Tim Haun leads goalies with a 2.21 goals-against average and 1,822 minutes; Guy Dupuis leads defensemen with 151 shots while rookie Frankie DeAngelis tops blueliners with three game-winning goals, two short-handed goals and a +18.

The week ahead

This week the Komets will skate a pair on the road before returning to Coliseum ice Saturday. Wednesday the Komets skate at Quad City at 8:05pm (Fort Wayne time). The Mallards are battling for a playoff spot, trailing fourth place Bloomington by five points. Quad City improved last week gaining four of six points after losing three straight the week before and are 1-3-0-2 in their last six outings. The Komets whitewashed the Mallards in their last meeting 5-0 Feb. 13 in Fort Wayne to take an 8-1-0-1 series lead.

Friday the Komets return to Hara Arena in Dayton to face the Gems at 7:30pm. Last Saturday's 3-2 win at Dayton gave the Komets a 5-3-0-0 series lead over the Gems, 4-1-0-0 at Dayton. Friday's game will be the Komets' sixth of nine visits this season. The Gems are paired with Flint in the IHL's cellar with 44 points and are 1-5-0-0 in their last six games. Dayton travels to Bloomington Wednesday before hosting the Komets Friday.

Saturday the Komets return home to host the Flint Generals for the fourth of six occasions this year. The Generals are winless on Fort Wayne ice after three visits and the Komets lead the series 4-1-0-1. While tied with Dayton at the bottom of the IHL, the Generals, coming off an 8-7 home loss to Muskegon Sunday, are 7-4-0-0 in their last 11 games and have not been winless in two straight games since Jan. 22. The Komets and Generals have gone the longest since meetings with the last meeting Jan. 15 when the Komets posted a 3-0 home shutout over the Generals. Flint skates at Muskegon Wednesday and will welcome Bloomington Friday before visiting Fort Wayne Saturday.

Save Eyeglasses for Lions Club Recycle for Sight Feb. 27.....fans can make a difference at the Komet game this Saturday, Feb. 27 against the Flint Generals by bringing any old eyeglasses for donation to the Indiana Lions Club Recycle for Sight Program. Donated glasses help millions of people experience corrected vision for the first time.

Great Komet tickets.......Still plenty of great seats available for all upcoming Komet home games. Tickets are on sale at the Coliseum Ticket Office and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Single game ticket prices for 2009-10 remain the same as last season, ranging from $8.00 to $20.00 for seniors and adults and starting at $6.00 for children. The Komets offer discounts on group tickets sold at the Komet office at 1010 Memorial Way. For more information visit the Komet office, call 260-483-0011 or visit the Komets' website at www.komets.com.

Komet Hockey with Bob Chase......follow the Komets worldwide at www.komets.com Comcast KometCast with Bob Chase, in his 57th consecutive season calling Komet action. The Komet Hockey broadcast can also be heard on Fort Wayne radio outlets WOWO AM 1190 or ESPN AM 1380 depending on availability. All games broadcast can be heard at www.komets.com Comcast KometCast.

Komets.com.....the official website of the Fort Wayne Komets is www.komets.com. In addition to featuring free webcasting of live Komet game radio, Komets.com also provides fans and media with up-to-date team stats, news, interactive fan features and information. Fans can also follow all Komet games with real-time scoring via the IHL and Pointstreak by clicking the Scoreboard at Komets.com.


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