FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Komets will open their 63rd anniversary season Friday night with a 7:35 faceoff at the new State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis against the Fuel. The Fuel are a new entry in the ECHL this year and offer a chance for the Komets to rekindle an old intrastate rivalry. Friday night’s match is the first of a home-and-home series to open the 2014-15 campaign for both teams.
Saturday night head coach Gary Graham and the Komets will host the Fuel in Fort Wayne’s home opener and kick off a slate of 36 games at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Saturday’s game will get underway with pregame festivities at 7:30pm.
The Komets are 161-80-18-5 (W, L, OTL, T) all-time against Indianapolis foes. The rivalry goes back to 1955 when the Chiefs became members of the old International Hockey League until 1962. Indianapolis re-entered the IHL in 1984 as the Checkers until they folded after their third season in 1987. Indianapolis fielded the Ice in 1988 and were Komet rivals for 11 years until both teams left the IHL after the 1998-99 season. Saturday night’s match will be the first time an Indianapolis team has visited Fort Wayne since April 16, 1999 when the Komets suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to the Ice in their final meeting of the year.
The Komets will be serving their third season in the ECHL. The league recently announced the addition of seven CHL teams to the league for this year which will bring the Missouri Mavericks and the Quad City Mallards back to the Coliseum for the first time since they were CHL rivals two years ago. Missouri will visit for three games while Quad City will be in town for one. The Komets will skate in the North Division of the Eastern Conference along with Cincinnati, Evansville, Indy, Kalamazoo, Toledo and Wheeling as the 28-team ECHL celebrates its 27th season.