Fort Wayne, IN-- The Komets won two out of three games played in week four of 2015-16 and improved to 6-3-0 and 12 points to move back into first place in the Midwest Division of the Western Conference.
Friday the Komets hooked the Toledo Walleye 4-1 in Fort Wayne and snapped a brief two-game winless streak. Four different players scored for the Komets including Mike Embach, Drew Daniels, Garrett Thompson and Brock Montgomery. Spencer Martin snagged his second win making 28 saves on 29 shots.-Gamesheeet-
Saturday the Komets fell 6-4 to the visiting Kalamazoo Wings. Jordon Southorn, Shawn Szydlowski, Dean Ouellet and Brett Perlini hit the twine for the Komets while Martin suffered his second loss of the year stopping 21 of 27 shots in his second straight start. A Komet Krowd of 8,546 were on hand for the second night of Military Appreciation Weekend in Fort Wayne. The special weekend drew a total of 15,857 Fort Wayne faithful in honor of the nation's veterans. -Gamesheet-
Sunday the Komets capped the three-game weekend with a 5-2 victory at Kalamazoo to improve to 3-1-0 over the Wings after four of eight meetings on the season. Kyle Thomas lead the charge with two goals including the game winner. It was his second two-goal outing as a Komet. Embach, Southorn and Perlini rounded out the scoring for Fort Wayne's sixth win of the season. Pat Nagle earned his fourth win of the campaign stopping 32 of 34 shots in his fifth start.-Gamesheet-
Komet streaks-- Six players had points in each of the weekend games played for three-game point streaks. Mike Embach (2g, 2a), Brett Perlini (2g, 1a), Drew Daniels (1g, 3a) Garrett Thompson (1g, 3a), Jordon Southorn (2g, 3a) and Cody Corbett (4a) all registered points in each game played.Special K's-- The Komets were a perfect 16/16 on the penalty kill in the three games played for the week and scored four power play goals on 11 chances for a rating of 36.3% on the power play. The Komets have scored at least one power play goal in each of the last six straight games. Overall the Komets lead (tied with Colorado) the ECHL with a power play rating of 26.5% (9/34) and have the best road power play at 44.4% (4/9). The Komets rank sixth on the penalty kill at 88.1% (37/42) and rank third on the road with 94.7% (18/19).
Komet leaders-- Shawn Szydlowski leads with 11 points......Drew Daniels leads the ECHL (tied with Justin Crandall of Reading and Atlanta's Garry Nunn) with nine assists.....Jordon Southorn and Trevor Cheek lead with five goals.....Among ECHL defensemen Southorn leads with 32 shots and five goals (tied with Adam Comrie of Reading) and ranks third with nine points.....Daniels also leads the ECHL with +9 and leads ECHL defensemen with 11 points.
Shooting the puck-- The Komets lead the ECHL with an average of 36.4 shots per game with 328 shots in nine games. In shots against, Fort Wayne ranks sixth-best (out of 28) with a stingy 27.0 shots against per game after allowing 243 shots in nine games.
Get your tickets early-- Tickets for Komet home games are on sale at the Coliseum Ticket Office and online at TicketMaster.com. Discounted Group tickets are also on sale for all Komet home games at the Komet office at 1010 Memorial Way. Call the 260-483-0011 or visit komets.com for more information.
THE WEEK AHEADKomets (6-3-0, 12 points) at Cincinnati Cyclones (5-1-1, 11 points) Wednesday, 7:35pm-- Wednesday the Komets make their first of seven visits to division rival Cincinnati. It will be the second of 10 meetings this season after a 5-1 Cincinnati victory on Halloween night in Fort Wayne. The Cyclones trail the Komets by a point in the Midwest Division and are unbeaten (3-0-1) in regulation in their last four games and have won the last two. Cincinnati will skate a morning game (10:35am) Tuesday at Wheeling before returning home to host the Komets on Wednesday at the U.S. Bank Arena (6,955).
Komets at Quad City Mallards (4-4-3, 11 points) Sunday, 5:05pm (ET)-- Sunday the Komets make their first of three appearances at the iWireless Center at Quad City (9,000). It will be the first of seven meetings this season. Last year the Komets met the Mallards only once, a 7-5 loss on Dec. 9. Quad City also trails the first-place Komets by a point in the Midwest Division. The Mallards are 1-3-2 in their last six outings and will host the Alaska Aces Wednesday and skate at Cincinnati Friday before returning home to face the Komets Sunday.
Komets on the air-- Komet games are scheduled to be aired on WOWO AM 1190 and FM 92.3 as Bob Chase broadcasts Komet hockey play-by-play for his 63rd consecutive season. All Komet radio broadcasts can also be heard worldwide as presented by Omni Source Radio Recycle at www.komets.com. Sunday's game at Quad City will be handled by Shane Albahrani substituting for Bob Chase.Komets home Friday, Nov. 20-- After two road games this week, the Komets will return home to host the Kalamazoo Wings Friday, Nov. 20 at 8pm. It will be 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. It will also be another Marathon Night at Komet Hockey. Again this year Komet fans can save on their Friday night tickets with Marathon. Fans can earn a buy-one-get-one-free ticket offer with the purchase of three fill-ups at any participating Marathon location. -Komet schedule-
Soundoff With The Komets continues this year on 21Alive in Fort Wayne. The 30-minute live telecast is hosted by Tommy Schoegler from SportOne/Parkview IceHouse each Monday night at 7:30 throughout the season. Tonight's guest will be left wing Mike Embach.