Fort Wayne, IN – The Komets gained six points in five games played for week 13 and finish the first half of the 2012-13 ECHL schedule with an improved record of 19-15-2 and 40 points. The Komets will begin the second half trailing North Division leaders Toledo (19-13-4) and Cincinnati (20-12-2) by two points after 36 games.
The Komets began the week falling 9-4 to the visiting Toledo Walleye, in town for the Komets’ annual New Year’s Eve game. The Komets rang out the old year in front of a crowd of 10,103 marking the fifth straight year the Komets have attracted a New Year’s Eve crowd over 10,000.
Wednesday the Komets doubled up Gwinnett 4-2 in Fort Wayne to take the season series against the Gladiators 3-2-0. Friday the Komets dropped a 4-2 home decision against Cincinnati before rebounding Saturday at Cincinnati with a 5-4 victory over the Cyclones. It was Fort Wayne’s first win in three meetings with Cincinnati this season and extended the K’s road point streak to four games (3-0-1) and pushed their road win streak to an ECHL high three games.
Sunday the Komets completed the week with a 3-2 home victory over Orlando to win the season series 3-1-0. The four meetings this season with Orlando were the first since the Komets battled the Solar Bears in the old IHL in 1998-99. Overall, the Komets complete the season series with an all-time record of 13-9-2 against Orlando.
Milestones—Defenseman Scott Kishel scored his first pro goal Monday vs Toledo…..right wing Thomas Beauregard scored his 100th career ECHL goal (regular season and playoffs) Wednesday against Gwinnett…..Goaltender Marco Cousineau earned Wednesday’s win in his first appearance since Nov. 31…..Saturday at Cincinnati, right wing J.M. Rizk posted his first three-point game of the season, second of his career; goaltender Kenny Reiter earned his third straight road win; rookie winger Mike Hoban, called up from Dayton of the FHL prior to the game, netted his first pro points scoring a goal and adding an assist to be named first-star of the game; center Brett Smith dished his 500th career (regular season and playoffs) point with his second point (assist) of the night….Sunday vs Orlando center Corey Elkins notched the game winner, his second of the week, for a four-game point-scoring streak (3g, 3a) since his assignment to Fort Wayne by Anaheim (NHL) from Norfolk (AHL) on New Year’s Day; Smith passed two assists to finish the week riding a seven-game point streak (2g, 7a) and five-game assist streak (6a).
For the week—the Komets outshot the opponents 171-151, were 13/18 (72.2%) on the penalty kill and broke a power play drought of 16 chances when they scored with the man advantage in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Orlando. Rizk appeared in all five games and led the Komets with seven points (3g, 4a) while Elkins scored points in each of his first four games with the Komets totaling six points (3g, 3a) including a short-handed goal and two game winning markers. Cousineau appeared in three games (2-1-0) posting a 2.35 goals-against average and .916 save percentage for the week.
Holding the lead—The Komets are 8-0-0 when taking the lead into the second period, 11-1-1 when leading after the second period, and 17-2-0 when scoring three or more goals in a game.
Get shorty—The Komets added two short-handed goals for the week to rank second in the ECHL with nine short-handed markers to date including four at home and five on the road.
Komet leaders—Brandon Marino (RW) continues to lead and ranks third in the ECHL with 32 assists and 43 points…..Thomas Beauregard (RW) and J.M. Rizk (RW) lead with 14 goals each….Marino and defenseman Scott Kishel top the plus-minus with +11…..All-Star defenseman Daniel Maggio leads with 123 penalty minutes.
Season Ticket Exchange Night Sunday—Season Ticket Holders can exchange unused season tickets from previous 2012-13 Komet home games for tickets to this Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. Tickets can be exchanged at the Coliseum Ticket Office.
Sunday Family Night at Komet Hockey—The Komets present Wendy’s Family Night at every Sunday home game. Coupons for a Sundays Four-For-$28 ticket offer are available at Wendy’s locations around the Fort Wayne area. Fans can bring their skates for an open skate after each Sunday Family Night home game.
KOMETS ON ICE THIS WEEK—
• Wednesday at Evansville IceMen (13-21-3, 29 points), 8:15pm ET— The Komets will face the IceMen at Evansville for the first time since Nov. 17 when the Komets were shutout in Fort Wayne by Evansville 5-0. Wednesday’s match will be the fifth of 11 meetings this season as the Komets hold the series edge 3-1-0. It’s the fourth of six Evansville visits to Fort Wayne. The IceMen hold fifth place in the North Division and are 13 points out of the first place. Evansville completed a stretch of six games in 10 nights with a 4-1 over Cincinnati at the Ford Center (9,100) Sunday for a 2-4-0 record during the period.
• Friday at Cincinnati Cyclones, 7:35pm—The Komets rivalry with Cincinnati continues Friday at the U.S. Bank Arena (6,955) in downtown Cincinnati. Friday also begins a weekend of three games in three nights against the Cyclones as the battle for first place in the North Division heats up. Entering this week, the Komets trail division leaders Toledo and Cincinnati by two points. After three meetings of nine this season, the Komets trail the series 1-2-0 after a 5-4 win in the last meeting last Saturday night at Cincinnati. Friday’s tilt will be the second of three visits to Cincinnati. The Cyclones completed last week with a 4-1 loss at Evansville Sunday and are 6-3-0 in their last nine outings.
• Saturday Cincinnati Cyclones at Komets, 7:30pm—Saturday the Komets and Cyclones head back to Fort Wayne for a 7:30pm faceoff at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and the first of a home double-header against the Cyclones. It’s the third of six Cincinnati visits to Fort Wayne this season as the Komets look for their first home win against the Clones after two meetings in Fort Wayne.
• Sunday Cincinnati Cyclones at Komets, 5pm—The Komets complete the week with their third game in three nights against Cincinnati and the second of two in-a-row on Coliseum ice. The Komets are unbeaten (2-0-0) after two of five Sunday home matinees this season.
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—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 celebrates 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.
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 each week with INC's Tommy Schoegler as host and features highlights, interviews and call-ins as Komet players and personnel serve as co-hosts.