Fort Wayne, IN -- The Komets will make
their ECHL southern debut this week with a pair of games in Georgia. The trip will take the K’s to Gwinnett County
in Duluth, Georgia,
near Atlanta, for
two games against the Gwinnett Gladiators. Faceoffs at The Arena at Gwinnett
Center (11,355) are
slated for Wednesday at 7:05pm and Friday at 7:30pm.
The Komets and Gladiators split a previous pair of games in Fort Wayne Oct. 26 and 27. Following a 4-2 loss to the Gladiators Oct.
26 the Komets rebounded with a 1-0 shutout victory the following night. The season series will conclude when Gwinnett
makes a return visit to Fort Wayne
How they stand—The Komets (8-7-1, 17
pts) trail North Division leader Toledo by six points while South Division
leader Gwinnett (14-4-1) leads the ECHL with 29 points and is riding a
three-game win string. The Gladiators
have lost one game in 12 since their loss at Fort Wayne Oct. 27.
About last week—The Komets completed week seven
of 2012-13 gaining two points in three games played (1-2-0). The Komets began
the week celebrating a 4-3 win over the visiting Kalamazoo Wings marking their fifth
straight Thanksgiving victory. The
Komets improved to 33-15-4 over 52 home games on the holiday evening.
Friday, the Komets stumbled 5-2 in the second half of a home-and-home holiday
series at Kalamazoo. It’s the first time this season the Komets
have lost two straight road games.
Saturday the Komets were doubled-up by the Toledo Walleye 4-2 in Fort Wayne completing a
set of three games in three nights over the Thanksgiving holiday.
For the week, newcomer Gabe Guentzel (D), assigned to the Komets by Norfolk of the AHL prior
to Thursday night’s game, scored a goal and three assists. Also posting a four-point week was right wing
Brandon Marino with a goal and three assists…..Right wingers J.M. Rizk and
Thomas Beauregard each scored a pair of goals…Forward Matt Firman notched his
first pro multi-goal game scoring both Komet goals in the 4-2 home setback Saturday
Attracting a crowd—The Komets attracted crowds of 7,479
(Thursday) and 7,526 (Saturday) for a total attendance of 15,005 over the two holiday
games of the week and lead the ECHL after nine home games with an average
attendance of 8,002. Ontario
ranks second with 7,089 and Orlando
draws a third-best average home crowd of 6,104.
Milestones—Right wing Thomas Beauregard
scored his 100th career ECHL goal (regular season and playoffs), the
game winner Thanksgiving night in Fort Wayne….Guentzel
netted his first pro goal in Fort Wayne’s 4-3
Thanksgiving win….rookie defenseman Scott Kishel posted his first pro point
(assist) Friday at Kalamazoo.
Komets.com—Check out the new 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.
Grand Center—Komet center and assistant
coach Colin Chaulk has 996 career
points (regular season) in 896 career games.
Komet leaders—Brandon Marino (RW) leads
the Komets with seven goals, 16 assists and 23 points. Defensemen Brent Henley and Daniel Maggio
each lead with +9. Goaltender Kenny
Reiter appeared in two of the three games played (1-1-0) stopping 65 of 73
shots for a 4.00 goals-against average and .890 save percentage and leads Komet
netminders with 2.19 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
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.
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 will feature highlights, interviews and
call-ins as Komet players and personnel serve as co-hosts. Tonight, Nov. 26, Komet goaltenders Kenny
Reiter and Charlie Effinger will be Tommy’s guests.