Fort Wayne, IN-- The Komets swept back-to-back games in a home-and-home affair Friday and Saturday against intrastate rival Indy and successfully opened the season with two wins and four points for the first time since 2008 when they started the season with a five-game win streak.
Friday night the Komets spoiled Indy's inaugural ECHL home game at the Fairgrounds Coliseum by stopping the Fuel 5-4 in a shootout after battling back from a 3-0 deficit. The season opening win snapped a four-game winless string of season openers for Fort Wayne. It was the Komets' fourth straight win when opening the season on the road. It was also the 10th season opener against an Indianapolis team (6-2-2) in the club's history. The Komets also improved to 2-1-1 all-time when opening the season at Indianapolis.-gamesheet-
Saturday the Komets snapped a four-game home-opener winless streak with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Indy Fuel in front of a league-high 8,788 fans for the weekend. Again, the Komets erased deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to burn the Fuel for the second straight game. -gamesheet-
Komet leaders of the week-- Defenseman James Martin posted points in each game totaling a goal and three assists for a four-point weekend. Forward Matthew Pistilli scored Fort Wayne's first goals in each game and added an assist Friday for a three-point weekend. Defenseman Mikael Tam registered three points including a power play tally Saturday. Komet captain Kaleigh Schrock netted a goal in each game and center Paul Crowder also had a point in each game (1g, 1a) and added a shootout marker Friday. Goaltender Pat Nagle opened the season with both wins stopping a total of 63 shots out of 70 for a .900 save percentage and allowed seven goals for a 3.37 goals-against average. Friday night Nagle stopped seven of nine Indy shootout attempts for the year's first win.-Komets Teamstats-
Milestones-- Rookie center Nathan Condon registered his first pro point (assist) Friday night and rookie right wing Eric Faille collected two assists for his first pro points Saturday.
Transactions-- Oct. 17 forward Mitchell Heard was assigned to the Komets by Colorado from Lake Erie, goaltender Francois Tremblay was recalled to Lake Erie and goaltender Joe Howe was added to the Komet roster. Oct. 18 forward Angelo Esposito was placed on waivers. As of Monday, Oct. 20, the Fort Wayne roster of 21 includes 11 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders.
The week ahead--
The Komets will travel to Kalamazoo for the Wing's home opener Friday at Wings Stadium at 7:30pm. Last season the Komets were 4-7-3 against Kalamazoo in 14 meetings. Friday night's match will be the first of 15 meetings this season and the first of nine at Kalamazoo. The Wings opened the season with a split of a pair of games at Elmira. Kalamazoo will skate at Indy Wednesday before welcoming the Komets Friday night. Saturday the Komets welcome the Missouri Mavericks back to the Coliseum at 7:30pm for the first time since April 26, 2012 when the Komets eliminated the Mavericks from the CHL playoffs with a 6-4 victory. Missouri will open their season at Indy Friday night before traveling to Fort Wayne Saturday. Sunday the Komets skate a 3pm matinee at Indy to complete week two of 2014-15. The Fuel will be busy this week with home games against Kalamazoo Wednesday and Missouri Friday and will make their first appearance of the season at Evansville Saturday night before hosting the Komets Sunday.See Komet Schedule
Tickets on sale-- Komet hockey single game tickets and season tickets for 2014-15 are on sale now. Sing game tickets can be purchased at the Coliseum Ticket Office and online at TicketMaster.com. Season Tickets are on sale at the Komet office, 1010 Memorial Way, in Fort Wayne. For information 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. Komet games are broadcast on WOWO Radio AM 1190 and FM 92.3 and can be heard worldwide on the web at Komets.com presented by OmniSource Radio Recycle.
Komets on MyTV-- Live telecasts of select Komet road games will be broadcast on Fort Wayne digital and cable channels including digital channel 33.2 and cable channels Comcast SD 18 and 252, Comcast HD 1018, Direct TV 34, Frontier SD 9 and Frontier HD 509. 21Alive's Tommy Schoegler and Kent Hormann will again handle the play-by-play. MyTV will be on hand for the Komets at Indy game this Sunday at 3pm. The Tilted Kilt is the official watch zone for Komet games on MyTV. Komet fans are invited to watch all of the MyTV game broadcasts at the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery in Jefferson Pointe on Illinois Road.
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, Monday, Oct. 20, Komet captain Kaleigh Schrock will be Tommy's guest. All Komet fans are welcome to attend.
KOMETS WEEKLY PLANNER
Komet games this weekFriday, Oct. 24...............Komets at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:30pm ET, WOWO AM 1190 and FM 92.3Saturday, Oct. 25...........Missouri Mavericks at Komets, 7:30pm ET, WOWO AM 1190 and FM 92.3Sunday, Oct. 26.............Komets at Indy Fuel, 3:05pm ET, ESPN AM 1380; MyTV
Komet practice scheduleTuesday, Oct. 21...........Practice 10am-11:30am at the ColiseumWednesday, Oct. 22......Practice 10am-11:30am at the ColiseumThursday, Oct. 23......... Practice 10am-11:30am at the ColiseumFriday, Oct. 24..............Practice 10am-11am at the ColiseumSaturday, Oct. 25..........Practice 10am-11am at the ColiseumTuesday, Oct. 27.......... Practice 10am-11:30am at SportONE/Parkview Icehouse