Fort Wayne, IN-- The Komets started the evening Saturday retiring legend Terry McDougall's #19 and finished with a 6-1 grounding of the visiting Quad City Mallards.
Prior to the game, McDougall's #19 was retired and raised to the Coliseum rafters to the delight of 7,449 Fort Wayne faithful. McDougall was honored for his seven years of service to the Komets from 1975-1982. The center was a three-time MVP and led the Komets for three seasons in total points. McDougall scored grand totals of 278 goals, 462 assists and 740 points in 576 Fort Wayne career games. Previously elected to the Komets Hall of Fame in 2007, McDougall finally has his number retired along with 15 other Komet legends.
After the pre-game ceremony, the Komets proceeded to take on the Mallards. Kyle Thomas opened the scoring in the first period before Quad City's Sam Warning evened the score in what eventually would be the only time of the night the Mallards solved Fort Wayne goaltender Garrett Bartus.
A scoreless second period led to the Komet outburst of four unanswered goals in the third period. The Komets scored the first three goals in a new season-fastest 3:32 by Curtis Leonard, Mike Embach and Tylor Crunk. Shawn Szydlowski sealed the victory with his 20th goal of the season with 38 seconds remaining in the match to cap a festive night of Komet hockey with a resounding 5-1 win. Bartus earned the win making 28 saves on 29 shots. Quad City's Adam Vay suffered the loss after allowing five goals on 41 shots.
The Komets will finish the week with a 5:15pm faceoff at Toledo today. The game will be broadcast on WOWO AM 1190 and FM 107.5 with Shane Albahrani calling the action. The game can also be heard on the internet at Komets.com.
Single game and group tickets on sale-- Single game tickets for all Komet home games are on sale at the Coliseum Ticket Office, online at TicketMaster.com, or at the Komet office at 1010 Memorial Way. Also, Group Night packages are available for Family, Business or Civic Group outings. For more information visit Komets.com or call 260-483-0011.