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Komets Split For Share Of First Place; Boucher, DeAngelis IHL Players Of Week

November 2, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Fort Wayne Komets News Release

Fort Wayne, IN - The Komets split the two games played for the week to remain in a first place tie in the IHL. The Komets improved to 4-2-0-0 for eight points and share the top spot with Port Huron and Bloomington after three weeks of 2009-10.

Friday night the Komets suffered their second loss of the season 5-4 at Bloomington. The Komets all-time record against Bloomington fell to 28-11-3 after 42 meetings since the Thunder's first season in 2006-07. None of the goals were scored at even strength. The Komets scored three goals with the man advantage while Bloomington netted four power play tallies. Each team also notched a short-handed goal.

Saturday the Komets returned home for a Halloween affair against Muskegon. The Komets treated 6,892 Fort Wayne souls to a 3-1 win over the Lumberjacks and took a split of weekend games played. It was the second straight All Hallow's Eve Komet home win after last year's 5-1 victory over Kalamazoo. Last season's trick-or-treater was the first Fort Wayne home Halloween game in 10 years since 1998 when the Komets nipped the visiting Orlando Solar Bears 1-0 with Guy Dupuis drawing the only blood of the night.

This week the Komets head to Flint for the only game scheduled. It will be the first of six trips to Perani Arena this season and the first of 12 meetings overall. The Generals also took a split of two games played last week and are coming off a 3-2 loss at Bloomington Halloween night.

Komet Fan's Bus Trip to Flint.....Hey Komet fans! A Komet hockey bus trip to Flint for Komet fans is being planned for this Friday's game at Perani Arena. Transportation and ticket to the game is $30.00. The bus departs from Komet Kuarters at 3:30pm Friday. The game starts at 7:30pm and the bus will return to Fort Wayne immediately after the game. Tickets are available at Komet Kuarters on Coliseum Blvd. across from the new ABC Warehouse. For more information call Komet Kuarters at (260) 484-4411.

Boucher, DeAngelis honored by IHL.....Nick Boucher and Frankie DeAngelis were awarded IHL honors for week three of 2009-10. Boucher was named IHL Goaltender of the Week after stopping the Muskegon Lumberjacks Halloween night 3-1. Boucher earned his third win of the season allowing only one goal on 27 Lumberjack shots for a 1.00 goals-against average and.963 save percentage. Boucher improved from a 2.99 goals-against average to a 2.49 goals-against average in four appearances and from a.918 save percentage to.927. Last year's IHL Goaltender of the Year is in his third season with the Komets after backstopping Fort Wayne to two consecutive Turner Cup titles. DeAngelis was named IHL Rookie of the Week after scoring a goal and adding three assists for four points in two games. The defenseman netted his first pro goal, a power play tally, and dished two helpers for a three-point night at Bloomington Friday in his second pro game. Saturday DeAngelis assisted on the Komets' third goal of a 3-1 Halloween home win against Muskegon.

MacMillan to sit out 15 games.....right winger Brad MacMillan has been handed a 15-game suspension for his altercation in Saturday night's home game against the Muskegon Lumberjacks, the IHL announced today. MacMillan will be available to return to the Komet lineup Friday, Dec. 18 when the Komets host Quad City.

Shooting Komets.....the Komets have out-shot their opponents for four straight games since being out-shot in the first two games of the season at Dayton and Port Huron. Picking up where he left off last year, Guy Dupuis leads IHL defensemen with 20 shots.

Special K's.....the Komets scored three power play goals in each of the two games last week and improved to a 21.6% power play rating (from 10.5% last week).

Komet firsts At Bloomington Friday: Defesneman Frankie DeAngelis scored his first pro points with a goal and two assists...Sean O'Connor (RW) notched his first goal of the season in his first game since re-joining Fort Wayne...Rick Varone (C) scored his first points (2 assists) of the season...Tomas Klempa (RW) dished his first pro helper. Saturday at home vs Muskegon: Defenseman Blair Stayzer scored is firt goal of the season...P.C. Drouin (LW) netted his first goal of the season.

Next up at home: Mallards Friday Nov. 13 and Gems Saturday Nov. 14.....the next Komet home game is Friday, Nov. 13 vs the Quad City Mallards at 8pm. It will be the first return of the Mallards since March 23, 2007 when the Komets suffered a 7-6 UHL shootout loss. The Mallards have been away in the AHL the last two seasons and are back with Fort Wayne in the IHL this year. The Komets are 35-26-7 all-time against Quad City and are looking forward to rekindling the rivalry. Again this year Friday nights are Marathon Old-Time Hockey nights as fans can stop by any participating Marathon and pick up a Fill-Up Card for special savings on Komet tickets. The upcoming double-header home weekend will conclude with a 7:30pm visit by the Dayton Gems Saturday, Nov. 14. Sprint Komet schedule pens will be given away to the first 5,000 fans entering the building.

Syroczynski gets call from Norfolk.....Matt Syroczynski (LW), who continues to lead the Komets with four goals after four games, was called up to the AHL's Norfolk Admirals last week and was not with the Komets for the two Fort Wayne games played. Syrocynski appeared in Norfolk's 2-0 home loss Friday, Oct. 30 to Syracuse and is traveling with the Admirals for games at Manitoba Monday and Tuesday this week.

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.

Radio rink-side......follow the Komets radio-rinkside with Bob Chase, in his 57th consecutive season calling Komet action on WOWO Radio AM 1190. The Komet broadcast can also be heard worldwide at www.komets.com at 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.

KOMETS PLANNER Komet games this week Friday, Nov. 6............Komets at Flint Generals, 7:30pm, WOWO AM 1190 All games broadcast on radio are webcast free at www.Komets.com Comcast KometCast. Komet practice schedule Tuesday, Nov. 3.........10am-noon at the Coliseum Wednesday, Nov. 4....10am-noon at McMillen Ice Arena Thursday, Nov. 5........10am-noon at the Coliseum Friday, Nov. 6............10am-11am at the Coliseum Saturday, Nov. 7........10am-noon at the Coliseum Monday, Nov. 9..........10am-noon at the Coliseum


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