Komets Split Weekend Home Double-Header; Fuel Visit for Thanksgiving, Solar Bears Here Saturday
Fort Wayne, IN-- The Komets earned two points in three games for week six of 2014-15 to maintain first place in the ECHL's North Division, improving to 11-4-0 and 22 points after 15 games.
The week started with a 6-3 setback at Toledo Wednesday, finishing Fort Wayne's longest road trip of the year. The Komets were 4-2-0 for the six-game tour covering a period of 20 days. Christian Ouellet (RW), Mitchell Heard (LW) and Paul Crowder (C) scored for the Komets while goaltender Pat Nagle suffered his first road loss of the season, snapping a road win streak of four games.
Friday in Fort Wayne the Komets rebounded with their third straight win over Kalamazoo 3-1 in front of the league's largest crowd of the night of 7,863. Mike Embach (LW), Eric Faille (C) and Shawn Szydlowski (RW) hit the net for the Komets. Nagle earned his seventh win of the season making 23 saves and contributed an assist. The Komets held the Wings to only 24 shots to improve to 5-0-0 when allowing less than 25 shots in a game.
Saturday the Komets took a split of their home weekend doubleheader falling 3-1 to the visiting Greenville Road Warriors. Komet defenseman Joey Leach scored his first pro goal and the first goal of the game before Greenville responded with three straight tallies. Nagle suffered the loss in the Fort Wayne net making 23 saves in his third straight start.
The week ahead -- The Komets will host Indy (3-8-3, 9 points) for the traditional Fort Wayne Thanksgiving game Thursday night at 7:30pm. The Komets are 33-16-4 after hosting 53 Turkey Day games. It will be only the second time in the history of the Komets that an Indianapolis team has visited for the holiday. The Ice spoiled the holiday for the Komets 6-5 on Nov. 23, 1995. The Komets are an undefeated 3-0-0 after three meetings this year with the new Fuel. Thursday's match will be the fourth of 11 meetings this season and the second of six Indy visits. The Fuel are winless on the road after seven games (0-6-1) and are struggling to get out of the cellar of the North Division, trailing the first-place K's by 13 points. Indy is 1-5-1 after the last seven games and are on a three-game losing skid.
Friday the Komets travel to Kalamazoo (6-6-2, 14 points) for a Black Friday 5pm start at Wings Stadium. Fort Wayne leads the series 4-1-0 after a 3-1 win at the Coliseum last Friday night. Kalamazoo is winless in their last five outings (0-4-1). The Wings are tied with Cincinnati and Wheeling for third place in the North Division and trail the Komets by eight points after 14 games. Kalamazoo is idle this week until they host the Komets Friday.
Saturday the Komets return home for Orlando's only visit of the season at 7:30pm. The Solar Bears (10-6-2, 22 points) are tied with the Komets for second place in the Eastern Conference and are on a roll of four straight wins and are 7-1-0 after their last eight games. Saturday's match is the first of three meetings this year. The Komets will visit the Bears for a pair of games in February. Orlando skates at Toledo Friday before visiting Fort Wayne Saturday.
Komet leaders -- Szydlowski leads with 11 assists (3rd ECHL), 17 points (4th ECHL) and 45 shots.....Heard continues to lead with 10 goals (3rd ECHL) after his call up to Lake Erie. Szydlowski and Faille lead among active players with six goals.....Szydlowski also leads with 22 penalty minutes.....Pat Nagle leads Komet goalies with a record of 7-3-0, 2.47 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.
Streaking Komets -- Heard's goal Wednesday gave him points in 10 of his 12 games with the Komets before being reassigned Thursday to the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters. Heard also had a three-game point streak before his call-up....Condon had points in each game of the week for a three-game point streak (1g, 3a).....Embach has points in three of his last four games (2g, 2a).....Faille has points in five of his last seven games (4g, 4a).....Crowder has points in six of his last nine games (3g, 4a).
TIP-A-KOMET Tuesday at Applebee's -- The Komets invite all fans to the Tip-A-Komet benefit at Applebee's North Clinton location by the Coliseum this Tuesday from 6:30pm-8pm. Fans have a chance to be served dinner by a Komet player as the entire team will be on-hand for the special night at Applebee's. All tips benefit Applebee's Make-A-Wish Foundation Fundraising efforts and the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer. For more information fans can call the Komet office at 260-483-0011.
KIDS SEAT FREE Saturday -- Saturday's Komet home game against Orlando is another Kids Seat Free Night, courtesy Aunt Millie's, Parkview Health and the Komets. Any child under the age of 12 can see the game for free with a full-priced adult ticket purchase.
Komets Ticket information -- Komets tickets may be purchased at the Coliseum Ticket Office or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Discounted Group Tickets are also on sale for all Komet home games at the Komet office at 1010 Memorial Way. For more information on Komet single game tickets and group tickets, call 260-483-0011 or visit www.komets.com or call 260-483-0011.
Komet Hockey on WOWO Radio and OmniSource Radio Recycle on the web -- Bob Chase is celebrating his 62nd season behind the Komet microphone this year. Follow the Komets on WOWO Radio AM 1190 and FM 92.3. All Komet radio broadcasts can also be heard worldwide on the web at Komets.com presented by OmniSource Radio Recycle.
Sound Off with the Komets on 21Alive Monday nights -- The Komets, 21Alive and SportONE/Parkview Icehouse present Sound Off with the Komets, a live weekly telecast each Monday night at 7:30. The show airs on WPTA TV 21Alive from the SportONE/Parkview Icehouse, 3869 Ice Way in Fort Wayne, featuring highlights, interviews and call-ins. Komet players and personnel will serve as co-hosts with 21Alive's Tommy Schoegler. Tonight, Nov. 24, defenseman Matt Krug will be Tommy's guest. All Komet fans are welcome to attend.
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