Fort Wayne, IN – The Komets collected points in all three games last week to improve to 29-28-3 and 61 points at the 60-game mark of 2012-13. The Komets have earned points in four of their last five games (3-1-1). A dozen games remain on the regular season slate as the tight race for playoff position in the Eastern Conference continues. The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for post-season play. The Komets trail eighth-place Florida (68 points) by seven points and seventh-place South Carolina (69 points) by eight points.
About last week—The Komets started the week with a 5-4 overtime win over Toledo Wednesday night to snap a brief three-game home winless skid. It was the first Komet win in six meetings against the Walleye at Fort Wayne (1-5-0) this year. The Komets end their season series against Toledo with the 11th and final meeting of the year March 17 at Fort Wayne. The Komets improved to 23-4-0 when reaching three goals in a game.
Friday the Komets began a two-game series at South Carolina dropping a 2-1 shootout to earn a point in their first every visit to Charleston, South Carolina. Saturday the Komets turned the tables and earned a 2-1 overtime victory against the Stingrays at North Charleston Arena. Fort Wayne extended its unbeaten (in regulation) streak to three games (2-0-1) with their fourth overtime win out of five this season. The Komets pushed their record to 19-5-2 when scoring the first goal of the game and are now 18-5-3 in one-goal games.
Milestones—Brandon Marino (RW) reached the 20-goal mark for the second consecutive season in Wednesday’s 5-4 overtime win over Toledo. Colin Chaulk (C) registered his 1,000th career point (regular season) with an assist on Marino’s goal in Wednesday’s game. Matt Syroczynski notched his 100th career point (regular season) with an assist Friday at South Carolina while Jamie Milam (D) skated his 400th pro game (regular season). Saturday night at South Carolina Chaulk posted his 499th career assist (regular season) when he dished a helper on the game winning goal in overtime.
Net gains—Jeff Deslauriers has started all six Komet games (3-2-1, 1.61 GAA, .945 Spct.) since his assignment from the Anaheim Ducks to Fort Wayne Feb. 19. The ninth-year pro has surrendered only two power play goals after 25 times short-handed (92.0% penalty kill rate) in his six Komet appearances to date. While unbeaten in regulation in last week’s three games (2-0-1), Deslauriers registered a 1.88 goals-against average and stopped 87 of 93 shots for a .938 save percentage for the week. Prior to his assignment with the Komets, Deslauriers was 1-1-0 in two games with Norfolk this year.
Leaders of the Pack—Marino 64 points, 44 assists....Marino and Thomas Beauregard (RW) with 20 goals each….Scott Kishel (D) +7…..Kaleigh Schrock (RW) with 151 penalty minutes.
Iron Man—Tyler Butler (D) has skated all 60 Komet games to date. The veteran, skating his 10th pro season, also appeared in all 66 regular season games for Arizona (CHL) last season.
March forward—The month of March is underway with two of 14 games in the books after the trip to South Caroline this past weekend. 12 games remain in March and will complete the balance of the schedule. Eight games remain at home and four road games remain. The remainder of the schedule has the Komets playing all teams in the race for playoff position in the Eastern Conference of the ECHL. The Komets, 28-26-3 against Eastern Conference teams, face Florida twice at home, Evansville twice at home, Greenville once at home, Reading once at home, Toledo once at home, Kalamazoo three times (once at home and twice at Kalamazoo) and Elmira twice at Elmira.
Wearin’ of the green St. Patrick’s Weekend—The Komets will be wearing the green when they are home for games March 16 and March 17. Special green Komet jerseys, sponsored by O’Daniel, will be worn in the games before they are raffled to benefit The Disabled American Veterans of Allen County and The Shadarobah Horse Rescue. The Komets will host Greenville Saturday, March 16 and Evansville, March 17 for the special St. Patrick’s weekend on Coliseum ice.
INC Soundoff with the Komets 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 is televised from the WPTA TV studios with INC's Tommy Schoegler as host and features highlights, interviews and call-ins as Komet players and personnel serve as co-hosts. Tonight, March 4, Komet right winger Brandon Marino will be Tommy’s guest.
KOMETS ON ICE THIS WEEK—
• Friday, March 8, Florida Everblades (29-20-10, 68 points), at Komets, 8pm ET
• Saturday, March 9, Florida Everblades at Komets, 7:30pm ET—The Komets stay home this week for a two-game weekend series against Florida. It will be the only two meetings of the season between the Komets and Everblades and marks the return of former Komet Brent Henley after the defenseman was traded to Florida Feb. 20. The Komets have a chance to gain ground on the Everblades who begin the week with a seven-point lead over the Komets in the race to qualify for post-season play. Florida has one game in hand over Fort Wayne and will play that game Wednesday at Cincinnati before arriving in Fort Wayne for games Friday and Saturday. The Everblades finished last week with a 3-2 win Saturday against Gwinnett, snapping a four-game winless skid. Florida is 1-3-1 in their last five games and 5-3-1 in their last nine and are led by left wing Mathieu Roy who is tied with Komet right wing Brandon Marino with an ECHL second-best 64 points. Roy ranks third in the league with 29 goals while Marino ranks third with 44 assists.
Hottest ticket in town-- Tickets can be purchased at the Coliseum Ticket Office and online at www.ticketMaster.com. Group 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—Check out the official Komet team website at www.komets.com featuring an interactive calendar of the Komets' schedule, info on all Komet events as well as home and road games. Komets.com also features an on-line team store. 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 worldwide at Xfinity KometCast— Legendary broadcaster Bob Chase is celebrating his 60th anniversary season calling Komet hockey radio-rinkside. Hear Komet Hockey worldwide at Xfinity KometCast at www.komets.com. Games are also scheduled to be broadcast on WOWO Radio AM 1190 and FM 92.3.