Komets welcome Wings Wednesday and Sunday


Fort Wayne, IN -- The Komets captured two out of three games at Orlando for week nine of 2012-13 to gain four points in the North Division and improve to 11-9-1 after 21 games for 23 points, seven shy of division leader Cincinnati. 

The three-game stand at Orlando began with a 5-4 shootout win Friday as the Komets made their first appearance at Orlando since they faced the original IHL Solar Bears in 1998. After falling behind 4-2 in the third period the Komets answered with a pair of goals, including a marker with the extra attacker with seven seconds remaining, to force the extra time. A scoreless overtime frame was followed by a shootout shutout by Komet goaltender Kenny Reiter who stopped all five Orlando shooters while skater Thomas Beauregard scored the only shootout tally needed for the Fort Wayne win.

Saturday the Komets stoned the Solar Bears 3-0 on a 35 save performance by netminder Charlie Effinger for his second shutout of the season.

Sunday the Komets had their brief two-game win string snapped as Orlando turned the tables with a 6-2 victory over the visitors from Fort Wayne. The Komets completed the three-game weekend at Orlando leading the season series 2-1-0. The series concludes Sunday, Jan. 6 when the Solar Bears make their only Fort Wayne visit of the year.

Firsts—Defenseman Ryan Hegarty scored his first Komet goal and point, left winger Garret Klotz passed his first point (assist) and skater Ryan Lasch dished his first point (assist) as a Komet Friday during the Komets first meeting of the season against the Solar Bears at Orlando. It was the first time the Komets directed over 40 shots on net in a game this season and the first road shootout win since March 19, 2011 when the Komets clipped the IceMen at Evansville 1-0. Left wing Luca Caputi scored his first goals and points as a Komet Saturday when he scored a pair including the game winner. Right winger Thomas Beauregard dished his first Komet assist, left wing Stephon Thorne registered his first Komet assist of the season and Lasch scored his first Komet goal in Sunday’s 6-2 setback at Orlando. 

Milestones—Sunday at Orlando, Lasch posted his 100th regular season pro point (goal) and right wing Brandon Marino scored his 200th regular season pro point (goal). Center Colin Chaulk has 997 career points in 899 career games (regular season). Beauregard has skated 198 career games (regular season and playoffs).

Leaders of the week—Lasch scored a goal and added three assists for four points. Beauregard and Marino notched a pair of goals and added an assist for three-points each. J.M. Rizk (RW) tallied a goal and two assists for three points and Josh Brittain (LW) passed three assists for a three-point trip to Orlando. 

Leaders of the pack—Marino leads the Komets with 19 assists and ranks fifth in the ECHL with 28 points. Marino also shares the Komet lead of nine goals with Beauregard. Marino and defenseman Brent Henley each lead with +6 while defenseman Daniel Maggio leads with 92 penalty minutes.


• Wednesday vs Kalamazoo Wings (10-10-2, 22 points), 7:30pm— The Komets continue with their busy schedule this week with the first of four stretches of four games in five nights over a period of five weeks and 22 games in 39 days. The Komets host Kalamazoo Wednesday in the first of seven Wednesday night games this season at the Memorial Coliseum. The Komets and Wings continue their battle for position in the North Division as the Komets lead Kalamazoo by a point, with a game in hand, in the chase to catch division leader Cincinnati (14-6-2, 30 points). Wednesday’s match will be the seventh of 16 meetings this season and the third of six visits by the Wings. The Komets are 2-3-1 against Kalamazoo after six meetings. Kalamazoo stopped a four-game winless skid with a 4-3 win against Toledo at Wings Stadium Saturday in their last time out. The Wings are 1-2-2 in their last five games and 3-5-2 in the last 10 and are 2-0-0 in the last two meetings with the Komets.

• Friday at Reading Royals (16-7-1, 33 points), 7:05pm—The Komets make their first ever trip to Reading this Friday when they face the Royals at the Sovereign Center (7,160). The Royals rank third in the ECHL with 33 points and lead the Atlantic Division. Friday’s game is the only meeting this season in Pennsylvania. Reading visits Fort Wayne for one game March 20. The hot Royals are riding a three-game win streak entering the week and are 4-2-0 after an ECHL season-high 11-game win string. Reading is idle until they host the Komets Friday.

• Saturday at Wheeling Nailers (6-8-5, 17 points), 7:05pm—
The Komets continue with their journey of unexplored territory when they visit Wheeling for a 7:05pm start Saturday night at the WesBanco Arena (5,344). The Nailers are battling to get out of the Atlantic Division cellar, trailing third-place Trenton by two points. Wheeling has points in their last four straight games (2-0-2) and are 3-1-2 in their last six. The Nailers skate at Toledo Wednesday and at Trenton Friday before hosting the Komets Saturday in West Virginia.

• Sunday vs Kalamazoo Wings, 5pm—The Wings will return to face the Komets at the Coliseum Sunday. It’s the first of five Sunday home games for the Komets. The Wings host Evansville Friday and Florida Saturday before returning Sunday.

Season Ticket Exchange Night Wednesday—Season Ticket Holders can exchange unused season tickets from previous 2012-13 Komet home games for tickets to this Wednesday’s game against Kalamazoo. Tickets can be exchanged at the Coliseum Ticket Office.

Operation Komet Kare Package Sunday—The Komets present Operation Komet Kare Package at three upcoming home games beginning this Sunday when the Wings visit for a 5pm faceoff. Fans are asked to bring donations of books magazines, DVD’s, snacks, T-Shirts, toiletries, wrapped hard candies, hand sanitizer, wet wipes and more for our troops overseas.  In addition to Sunday’s Komet game, donations will also be accepted at Komet home games Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Saturday, Dec. 22.

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.

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 will feature highlights, interviews and call-ins as Komet players and personnel serve as co-hosts. Tonight, Dec. 10, Komet legends George Drysdale and Eddie Long are Tommy’s guest.