Fort Wayne, IN-- The Komets finished week 20 of 2014-15 holding on to first place in the Eastern Conference after gaining four points in three games and improving to 36-12-6 and 78 points. It's the first time the Komets have reached 78 points in 54 games since 2007-08. The earliest the Komets reached the 78-point plateau was in 1959-60 at 52 games.Wednesday the Komets started their second consecutive week of three home games in four nights with their fourth straight win over Evansville 4-3. The Komets rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to take the win on goals by Cody Sol, William Lacasse, Christian Ouellet and Matthew Pistilli. Netminder Roman Will posted his ninth win of the season making 22 saves.-Gamesheet-Friday the Komets fell 3-2 in overtime to the Indy Fuel in the first of a home double-header against the intrastate rivals. It was Indy's first win over the Komets in eight meetings this season. Kyle Thomas was first to score for Fort Wayne. Shawn Szydlowski also scored in his first appearance since missing four games during a call-up to Lake Erie in the AHL. Will made 13 saves on 16 shots in his first overtime loss of the year, snapping a four-game win string.-Gamesheet-Saturday the Komets dropped a 5-4 shootout to the Fuel. Szydlowski netted a pair of goals for the fourth time this season while Pistilli and Ouellet also scored in regulation for Fort Wayne. Will pushed his unbeaten in regulation streak to six games (4-0-2) making 23 saves in regulation and overtime before stopping three of four Fuel shooters in the shootout.-Gamesheet-The Komets capped February with a 7-2-3 record for the month and a win percentage of .708 for the best February pace since 2010 (8-3-1, .708). Komet leaders-- Mike Embach leads with 35 assists and 55 points....Szydlowski leads with 25 goals and six power play markers.....Drew Daniels leads the ECHL with +34 and leads Komet defensemen with 30 assists and 33 points.....James Martin and Cody Sol lead Komet defensemen with six goals.....Sol leads with 99 penalty minutes.-Komets Teamstats-Streaking Komets-- The Komets enter week 21 riding an eight-game point streak (5-0-3) and nine-game home point streak (6-0-3).....Szydlowski had points in each of his two games after returning from his call-up to Lake Erie to extend his point-streak to six games (4g, 4a).....Embach had an assist in each game to push his assist and point streak to five games (1g ,5a).....Daniels also had assists in each game for a three-game assist streak (4a).Shooting Komets-- The Komets outshot their opponents 2-to-1 in each game of the week for totals of 143-68 and are 26-7-4 when outshooting opponents. The Komets directed 57 shots on Indy's goaltender Mac Carruth Saturday for the most shots in a game this season. The Komets all-time record for shots on goal in a game is 80 (and all shots were in regulation), set on March 27, 1965 in a 12-1 win over the visiting Dayton Gems.One-goal games-- The last six straight games have been decided by one goal (4-0-2). The Komets have been in a total of 28 one-goal games out of 54 this year (18-4-6).Penalty shots-- Brett Perlini was stopped by Fuel goaltender Mac Carruth on a penalty shot Saturday. The Komets are 0/3 after three penalty shots this season. However, the Komets have successfully stopped all three penalty shots awarded against them this season. In the ECHL there have been 10 penalty shots scored after 39 attempts. The last time the Komets scored a penalty shot goal was Dec. 10, 2011 when Chris Auger beat Evansville's Bryan Gillis in a 5-0 Fort Wayne home win.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 Tuesday, March 3, 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.Komets at the Tilted Kilt Tuesday, March 10-- Komet players including Kaleigh Schrock, Mike Embach, Cody Sol and Ian Barteaux will be appearing at the Tilted Kilt in Jefferson Pointe Tuesday, March 10 from 6:30pm-8pm. Fans are invited to take photos and get autographs while watching previous Komet games at the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery.Friday night Marathon Nights-- Fans can earn a buy-one-get-one-free ticket offer with the purchase of three fill-ups at any participating Marathon location. Save with your Marathon Fill-Up Card this Friday when the Komets host Kalamazoo.The week ahead-- The Komets will skate a home-and-home series against division rival Kalamazoo (25-23-5, 55 points) this weekend starting with the Wings visit Friday at 7:30pm. Kalamazoo is tied with Cincinnati for third place in the North Division after 53 games and trails first-place Fort Wayne by 23 points. The Komets lead the season series 7-4-0 with four meetings remaining. The Komets scored a 4-2 home win over the Wings Feb. 7 to take a split of a home-and-home series the last time the two rivals met. Kalamazoo was 5-4-0 in its last nine games and was 2-1-0 in a three-game set against Toledo over the weekend. The Wings will travel to Evansville Wednesday before visiting Fort Wayne Friday. The Komets will complete the week and the home-and-home doubleheader against Kalamazoo Saturday when they face the Wings at 7:30pm at Wings Stadium.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. 2015-15 Season Tickets are on sale at the Komet office. For ticket information call 260-483-0011 or visit www.komets.com.Komet Hockey on WOWO Radio and OmniSource Radio Recycle on the web-- Follow the Komets on WOWO Radio AM 1190 and FM 92.3 with Bob Chase radio-rinkside. All Komet radio broadcasts can also be heard worldwide on the web at Komets.com presented by OmniSource Radio Recycle. -Webcast-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 serve as co-hosts with 21Alive's Tommy Schoegler. Tonight, Monday, March 2, forward Paul Crowder will be Tommy's guest. All Komet fans are welcome to attend.
KOMETS WEEKLY PLANNERFriday, March 6.............Kalamazoo Wings at Komets, 8pm ET, WOWO AM 1190 and FM 92.3Saturday, March 7........ Komets at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:30pm ET, WOWO AM 1190 and FM 92.3-Komets Schedule/Results-
Komet practice scheduleTuesday, March 3..........Practice 10am-11:30am at SportONE/Parkview IcehouseWednesday, March 4.... Practice 10am-11:30am at the ColiseumThursday, March 5........ Practice 10am-11:30am at the ColiseumFriday, March 6.............Practice 10:30am-11:30am at the ColiseumMonday, March 9...........Practice 10am-11:30am at the Coliseum