Fort Wayne, IN– The Komets picked up four points in their first week of a two-week Western swing to hold first place in the Midwest Division by improving to 33-19-5 and 71 points. The Komets lead second-place Cincinnati by three points with 15 games and five weeks remaining in 2015-16.
After dropping the first two western games of the week, 3-1 at Colorado Wednesday and 8-6 at Rapid City Friday, the Komets rallied to claim a 3-2 overtime victory at Rapid City Saturday before returning to Colorado Sunday to ground the Eagles 4-3 in a shootout. The Komets finished the season series against Colorado at an even 1-1-1 and bested Rapid City 3-1-0 on the year.
Komet leaders— Shawn Szydlowski leads the Komets with 39 assists and 55 points….Mike Embach leads with 23 goals…..Jordon Southorn leads with +17…..Cody Sol leads with 186 penalty minutes.
Streaking Komets— Southorn finished the week riding a three-game point-scoring streak (1g, 3a)…..Paul Crowder has a three-game assist streak (3a)…..Trevor Cheek has a three-game goal-scoring streak (3g)…..Martin has two straight wins in four straight appearances.
Career highs— Two players set career season highs for assists. Brett Perlini set a new season high for assists with his 18th Saturday at Rapid City and Szydlowski reached a new season high with his 37th assist of the year Sunday at Colorado.
Milestones— Kyle Thomas netted his first pro hat trick and first four-point game and Leo Thomas set two Fort Wayne career marks (regular season and playoffs) of 100 goals and 100 assists Friday at Rapid City. Goaltender Spencer Martin won his first pro shootout stopping two of three shooters Sunday at Colorado.
ON TO ALASKA THIS WEEK
Komets at Alaska Aces Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, all games at 11:15pm ET— The Komets will skate all three meetings of the season at Alaska (20-31-7, 47 points) this week, the second and final week of a western road trip. It will be the first time in Fort Wayne’s 64-year history they have faced a team from Alaska. Fort Wayne’s initial visit to the Sullivan Arena (6,000) in Anchorage will be for games Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 11:15pm ET each night. The Aces are skating their 13th ECHL season and failed to qualify for post-season play last year after claiming their third Kelly Cup Championship in 2014. Alaska is winless in their last seven games (0-5-2) and the Komets will be their only foe on the docket this week.