-- The Komets gained a split of two opening weekend games played and
enter week two of the new 2012-13 ECHL season knotted at the top of the North
Division of the Eastern Conference with Toledo, Cincinnati and Kalamazoo at two
Friday night the Komets’ 61st anniversary season home opener was
spoiled by the visiting Kalamazoo Wings 4-1.
The Komets rekindled their old 34-year rivalry with the Wings that
started from 1974-75 thru 1998-99 and again from 2000-01 thru 2008-09. For the 11th straight year the
Komets’ home opener was witnessed by a crowd over 10,000.
Saturday the Komets turned things around taking a 6-2 victory from the IceMen
to salvage the opening weekend netting two points. It was the 25th all-time meeting
between the Komets and Evansville
since the two teams first met during 2010-11.
Komet leaders of the week—Brandon Marino
(RW) registered three goals and an assist for a four-point weekend scoring
points in each of the two games played…Colin Chaulk (C) had assists in each
game to start the season leading the Komets with three assists…Brett Smith (C)
also had points in each game marking a goal and an assist…Eric Giosa (C)
notched a pair of goals in Saturday’s 6-2 win at Evansville…Chris Auger (C)
netted a goal and an assist to contribute to Saturday’s win and Daniel Maggio
(D) dished a pair of assists Saturday at Evansville…Komet goaltender Kenny
Reiter stopped all four shots he faced Friday night in 20 minutes of relief
appearing in the third period against Kalamazoo. Reiter followed Friday night’s performance
stopping 46 of 48 shots for his first pro win Saturday at Evansville.
Milestones—Rookies Matt Firman (F),
Jeremy Gates (D) and Ryan Hegarty (D) skated their first pro games Friday vs. Kalamazoo. Daniel Maggio appeared in his first regular
season pro game after beginning his career with the Komets in the playoffs last
season. Daniel Nycholat (D) scored his
first pro point (assist) in Saturday’s 6-2 win at Evansville.
Josh Brittain (LW) skated his 100th pro game and Auger also
appeared in his 100th game as a pro.
Special K’s—The Komets’ specialty teams
were 2/6 (33.3%) with the man advantage over the opening weekend and were
successful on all 10 penalty kills (10/10).
Friday at Kalamazoo—The Komets will make their first trip to Kalamazoo Wings Stadium since
April 25, 2009 when they collected a 4-2 win and eliminated the Wings from the
IHL first round playoffs 4 games to 2.
The Wings also split two games played for opening weekend winning in Fort Wayne Friday 4-1 and dropping a 4-1 decision at Toledo Saturday. Friday night will be Kalamazoo’s home opener as the Wings
celebrate the start of their fourth ECHL home schedule. It’s the second of 16 meetings this season
between the Komets and Wings, and the first of 10 trips to Kalamazoo.
The Wings and Komets are both idle until they face each other Friday at
7:30pm at Kalamazoo.
GAMES THIS WEEK
visits Saturday—The IceMen will return to the coliseum Saturday for a
7:30pm faceoff after visiting for two exhibition games. The Komets turned back the IceMen 6-2
Saturday night at Evansville
in the first of 11 meetings this year.
Saturday’s tilt will be the first of six visits to Fort Wayne by the IceMen this year. Evansville
only skated their home opener over the weekend and will try to avenge their 6-2
loss to the Komets last Saturday. Evansville plays host to Trenton
Friday before making their trip to Fort
Hottest ticket in town-- Single game tickets and season tickets are on
sale. Single game tickets can be purchased at the Coliseum Ticket Office
and online at www.ticketMaster.com. Season tickets are
on sale at the Komet office, 1010
Memorial Way, Fort Wayne.
For information visit www.komets.com,
or call 260-483-0011.
Komets.com-- Fans are enjoying the new official team website for the
Komets at www.komets.com featuring an interactive
calendar of the Komets' schedule, information about all Komet events as well as
home and road games. In addition to news and information, the new site
features an on-line team store and navigation of the ticketing process.
Fans are able to download and access photo galleries, player information,
video, audio and other multi-media features as well as follow Komet gamecasts
live and much more.
Komet Hockey on WOWO AM & FM and at Xfinity
KometCast-- The Komets and WOWO Radio AM
1190 and FM 92.3 have teamed up again for 2012-13. Fort Wayne legendary broadcaster Bob Chase calls the action radio-rinkside in his
60th anniversary season behind the Komet microphone. All broadcasts, home
and away, can also be heard worldwide at www.komets.com at Xfinity KometCast.
INC Soundoff with the Komets returns to Monday nights -- The Komets,
Indiana's News Center and title sponsor PHP present a live weekly televised
sports program on Monday nights at 7:30 on WPTA TV 21 Alive. The
half-hour show will be televised from the WPTA TV studios each week with INC's Tommy Schoegler as host and will feature highlights,
interviews and call-ins as Komet players and personnel serve as co-hosts. Tonight, Oct. 15, Komet center Brett Smith
will be Tommy’s guest.