Komets off to hot start
October 27, 2014 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release
Through two weekends of the ECHL season, only three teams have not suffered a regulation or overtime loss, and only the Fort Wayne Komets have pulled off that feat by playing more than two games.
The Komets entered last week's action at 2-0-0 before sweeping three games in three days in three different cities to improve to 5-0-0 on the season.
Fort Wayne opened the week with a 3-2 overtime win at Kalamazoo on Friday. Shawn Szydlowski scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner 3:45 into the extra session. Szydlowski also picked up an assist on Fort Wayne's other goal, and was a +3 in the game. Pat Nagle stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced to record in the win in goal.
The Komets returned home on Saturday and came away with a 6-2 win against Missouri. It was the first time on the season that a Fort Wayne game was not decided by one goal. Szydlowski continued his strong play with a pair of assists while six different Komets' players tallied goals with Mike Embach leading the way with three points (1g-2a). Nagle was solid again with 20 saves, with the Komets' special teams enjoyed a strong night going 2-for-8 on the power play and killing all five of the Mavericks' power-play opportunities.
Fort Wayne ended the week with a 4-0 win at Indy on Sunday. Francois Tremblay enjoyed a memorable professional debut, stopping all 21 shots he faced to record the shutout while Matthew Pistilli led the way offensively with three points (1g-2a).
Offense has not been a problem for the Komets in the early going as the club has tallied three goals or more in each of their five games and their 4.40 goals per game ranks fourth in the league. Pistilli is second in the ECHL with eight points and is tied for second with four goals through five games.
Nagle has started four of Fort Wayne's five games, and leads the league with four wins while ranking second with 109 saves and third with 249 minutes played.
The Komets are home for a pair of games this weekend, hosting Kalamazoo on Friday and Saturday.
- Wade Megan has scored goals in each of his first two games this season.
- The Cyclones are the league's least-penalized team with 11.00 penalty minutes per game.
- Cincinnati is at Quad City on Friday and Saturday.
- Cal Heeter is seventh in the league with a 1.50 goals-against average.
- Evansville leads the league with 22.50 shots-against per game.
- The IceMen are at Indy on Friday and host the Fuel on Saturday.
- Drew Daniels is tied for second among defensemen in plus-minus at +6.
- The Komets are fourth with 4.40 goals per game.
- Fort Wayne hosts Kalamazoo on Friday and Saturday.
- Robert Czarnik leads the league with five goals and is tied for third with seven points.
- Indy has outshot its opponents 64-48 in the second period.
- The Fuel host Evansville on Friday and visit the IceMen on Saturday.
- Sacha Guimond is on a four-game point streak and leads ECHL defensemen with seven points (1g-6a).
- The K-Wings eight goals on Saturday at Cincinnati were their most in a game since March 18, 2012.
- Kalamazoo visits Fort Wayne on Friday and Saturday.
- Dane Walters has scored a goal in each of the Walleye's three games.
- Toledo leads the league with 41.33 shots per game.
- The Walleye are at Gwinnett on Saturday and Sunday.
- Zach Yuen scored two goals on Saturday at South Carolina after scoring just one goal in 48 games with Orlando last season.
- The Nailers have three power-play goals and one shorthanded goal through four games.
- Wheeling visits Reading on Thursday and hosts the Royals on Saturday.
- Brayden Irwin is on a five-game point streak (2g-5a) to start the season.
- Elmira is second on the power play at home at 35.7 percent (5-for-14).
- The Jackals host Brampton on Friday and Saturday.
- Matt Mangene has registered a point in four of five games and is second among defensemen with six points (3g-3a).
- The Everblades are fourth on the penalty kill at 95.7 percent (22-for-23).
- Florida is at Orlando on Friday and hosts the Solar Bears on Saturday.
- Jeff Malcolm has allowed just one goal in his last 144:43 of playing time
- Greenville is 17-for-17 on the penalty kill this season.
- The Road Warriors host South Carolina on Thursday and visit the Stingrays on Friday and Saturday.
- Casey Pierro-Zabotel leads Gwinnett with two goals.
- The Gladiators have scored four of their seven goals in the second period.
- Gwinnett hosts Orlando on Wednesday and Toledo on Saturday and Sunday.
- Kristoff Kontos scored his first professional goal on Sunday.
- Orlando is tied for second in the league with two shorthanded goals.
- The Solar Bears travel to Gwinnett on Wednesday, host Florida on Friday and are at Florida on Saturday.
- Adam Hughesman is on a three-game point streak (1g-4a).
- Royals' coach Larry Courville coached his 400th game with the club on Friday at Elmira.
- Reading hosts Wheeling on Thursday and visits the Nailers on Saturday.
- Adam Morrison is sixth with a 1.45 goals-against average.
- South Carolina is fourth with 24.75 shots-against per game.
- The Stingrays are at Greenville on Thursday and host the Road Warriors on Friday and Saturday.
- Greger Hanson tallied six points (3g-3a) in Allen's first two games.
- The Americans lead the league on the power play at 41.7 percent (5-for-12).
- Allen is at Rapid City on Friday and Saturday.
- Brent Hughes made his head coaching debut on Friday against Toledo.
- Brampton has scored four of its five goals in the second period.
- The Beast are at Elmira on Friday and Saturday.
- David Rutherford scored Missouri's first goal of the season on Friday at Indy.
- The Mavericks are the only ECHL team to have not played at home.
- Missouri visits Tulsa on Friday and Wichita on Saturday.
- Pearce Eviston picked up his first two career points, both assists, on Saturday.
- Evan Mosher earned the win in his pro debut on Saturday, stopping 37 shots through overtime and four of five attempts in the shootout.
- The Mallards are at Rapid City on Tuesday and host Cincinnati on Friday and Saturday.
- Jesse Schultz is on a three-game goal streak (3g).
- The Rush have outscored their opponents 6-2 in the third period.
- Rapid City hosts Quad City on Tuesday and Allen on Friday and Saturday.
- Jon Booras is tied for the ECHL lead with six assists.
- Tulsa is one of just three teams in the league to be undefeated (2-0-0).
- The Oilers are at Wichita on Wednesday and host Missouri on Friday and Wichita on Sunday.
- Stephen Schultz has a goal in each of Wichita's first two games.
- The Thunder are fifth with 4.00 goals per game.
- Wichita hosts Tulsa on Wednesday and Missouri on Saturday before visiting Tulsa on Sunday.
- Ryan Tesink scored his first pro goal on Friday at Stockton.
- Alaska is second with 38.33 shots per game.
- The Aces are off until hosting Bakersfield on Nov. 5.
- Aaron Crandall stopped 23 shots on Sunday for his first pro shutout.
- The Condors have held two-goal leads in five of their six games.
- Bakersfield hosts Ontario on Tuesday and Saturday and visits the Reign on Sunday.
- Collin Bowman is tied for second among defensemen in plus-minus at +6.
- Colorado leads the league with three shorthanded goals in five games.
- The Eagles are at Utah on Friday and Saturday.
- Colton Beck has an assist in each of Idaho's four games
- The Steelheads have scored first in each of their four games.
- Idaho hosts Stockton on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
- Joe Cannata is tied for fifth in the league with a .946 save percentage.
- Ontario is 21-for-21 on the penalty kill through five games.
- The Reign are at Bakersfield on Tuesday and Saturday and host the Condors on Sunday.
- Peter Sivak has at least one point in each of Stockton's five games (2g-5a).
- The Thunder are sixth on the penalty kill at 92.3 percent (24-for-26).
- Stockton is at Idaho on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
- Michael Pelech has scored a goal in all three of the Grizzlies' home games.
- Utah is tied for eighth on the penalty kill at 90.0 percent (18-for-20).
- The Grizzlies host Colorado on Friday and Saturday.
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