Fort Wayne, IN-- The Komets collected five points in three games for week 18 and improved to 27-14-5 and 61 points after 47 games. Fort Wayne holds second place in the Central division, trailing first-place Toledo by eight points with eight weeks and 25 games remaining in 2016-17.
The week began with a 5-4 overtime win at Indy Friday as the Komets extended their home winning streak to four games. The Komets remain unbeaten by the Fuel this season after five meetings. Four meetings at Indy remain on the schedule. The Komets reached 59 shots, the most in a game this season.
Saturday the Komets slipped 5-4 in overtime at Cincinnati and had their win streak snapped at three games but remain unbeaten in regulation four straight games (3-0-1).
Sunday the Komets upset the Wings at Kalamazoo 5-3 to extend their unbeaten (in regulation) streak to five games (4-0-1). Fort Wayne leads the season series against Kalamazoo 4-3-0 with two meetings remaining, both at Kalamazoo.
For the week-- Kyle Thomas led the Komets on the week with nine points (3g, 6a). Thomas had three assists in the Komets' 5-4 overtime win Friday for his second straight three-point game and added a pair of helpers Saturday. Sunday Thomas logged his first hat trick of the season and second of his career and added an assist for his second four-point game of the season. It was the ninth time this season the skater has scored at least three points in a game.....Jamie Schaafsma potted two goals and dished five assists for a seven-point week.....Jason Binkley scored two goals and four points in the three games played....Travis Ewanyk (1g, 2a) and Garrett Desjardins (3a) each recorded three points....Trevor Cheek scored two goals.....Mike Embach (1g, 1a), Colin Mulvey (1g, 1a) and Garrett Thompson (1g, 1a) each added two points to their totals....goaltender Garrett Bartus appeared in two games and stopped 43 of 47 shots for a 2.07 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
Komet streaks-- Komets are unbeaten in regulation five straight games (4-0-1).....Kyle Thomas has a five-game assist and point-scoring streak (4g, 9a) and a three-game road point streak (4g, 5a).....Jamie Schaafsma has a five-game point-scoring streak (3g, 6a), four-game assist scoring streak (6a), a four-game home point streak (3g, 3a) and a three-game road point streak (1g, 5a).....Jason Binkley has a three-game point streak (2g, 2a).....Mike Cazzola has assists and points in six straight home games (3g, 7a).....Mike Embach has a three-game road point-scoring streak (1g, 2a).
Komet leaders-- Kyle Thomas leads with 25 goals, nine power play goals, 37 assists and ranks second in the ECHL with 62 points....Thomas and Mike Embach lead with 4 game-winning goals each.....Cody Sol leads with 128 penalty minutes.....Curtis Leonard leads with +24....Mike Cazzola ranks first among rookies with 52 points (tied with Tyson Spink) and 34 assists.
The week aheadKomets at Kalamazoo (23-21-4, 50 points) Tuesday, 7pmKalamazoo at Komets Friday, 8pm-- The Komets will complete their season series with division rival Kalamazoo this week with two meetings slated. The Komets will return to Kalamazoo Tuesday for a 7pm faceoff at Wings Event Center (5,113). Friday the Wings will travel to Fort Wayne for the ninth and final meeting of the season. The Komets lead the series 4-3-0. Kalamazoo is fighting for playoff position as they trail fourth-place Tulsa by three points with 24 games remaining. The Wings are 2-3-0 in their last five games after losing to the Komets Sunday 5-3 at Kalamazoo, but are 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.
Brampton Beast (27-15-5, 59 points) at Komets Saturday, 7:30pm-- The Komets face the Beast from Brampton Saturday at 7:30pm on Sweetwater Ice at the Memorial Coliseum. Brampton enters week 19 riding a six-game winning streak. The Beast are in a three-way tie for second place in the North division with 59 points and trail first-place Manchester by seven points. Saturday's match will be the fourth of five meetings this year. The Beast lead the series 3-0-0. Brampton will skate at Wheeling Wednesday and Friday before arriving in Fort Wayne Saturday.
Komets at Cincinnati Cyclones (23-22-4, 50 points) Sunday, 3:05pm-- The Komets return to the U.S. Bank Arena (6,955) in downtown Cincinnati Sunday for a 3pm faceoff. The Komets lead the season series 3-1-1 after Saturday's 5-4 overtime victory in Cincy with three meetings remaining. Cincinnati watched their five-game win string end Sunday when they suffered a 9-1 shellacking at Toledo. The Cyclones are currently five points out of playoff position in the South division with 23 games remaining. Cincinnati will host the Mallards Wednesday and then skate at Quad City Friday. The Cyclones are idle Saturday before welcoming the Komets Sunday afternoon.
Family Four Pack, 4 for $55 Night Friday-- Fans can take advantage of a 4-for-$55 offer at Friday's home game against Kalamazoo courtesy of Midwest America Federal Credit Union. Get four tickets, four hot dogs, four soft drinks, four chips for only $55 when purchasing the Family Four Pack at the Memorial Coliseum Ticket Office.
Friday night Marathon Nights-- 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 participating Marathon locations. Save on your tickets for this Friday's home game with your Marathon Fill-Up Card.
PHP Report Card Night Saturday--The Komets present PHP Report Card Night this Saturday when the Brampton Beast visit. Students with an "A" or "A Equivalent" on their most recent report card earn a free ticket and a chance to win a $1,000 to help fund their future educational goals. Students can take their report card or a letter from their teacher showing an "A" or an "A equivalent" to the Coliseum Ticket Office between now and game night.
Chaulk's #91 to be retired Saturday-- Former Komet great Colin Chaulk, currently serving his second season as the head coach of the Brampton Beast, will be honored with a number retirement ceremony Saturday when the Beast visit for a 7:30pm faceoff. Chaulk was a member of the Komets for 10 seasons winning five league championships. The Toronto, Ontario native ranks third in the Komet record book with 684 regular season points, second with 102 playoff points and set the club record for most playoff games with 99. Chaulk completed his Fort Wayne career during the 2012-13 season with combined totals of 217 goals, 569 assists, 786 points and 1,125 penalty minutes. Chaulk's number 91 will be raised to the rafters of the Coliseum during a ceremony to be held prior to the opening faceoff Saturday night.
Komets on the air-- Komet games are scheduled to air this season on WOWO AM 1190 and FM 107.5 with Shane Albahrani calling the play-by-play. All Komet radio broadcasts can also be heard worldwide as presented by Omni Source Radio Recycle at www.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.