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
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
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.
GAMES THIS WEEK
• 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
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
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
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.
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.