The ECHL’s all-star break is here and there’s no better time to pick up our weekly “Inside The Zone” segment with Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel when it comes to talking Komets hockey.
Mike Cazzola scored a hat trick as the Komets stopped a three game losing streak with a 6-2 win over the Indy Fuel on Sunday.
The Komets early 2-0 lead in the first period did not last with Quad City rallying back to win 4-3.
The Komets began a busy weekend with a 2-1 loss to the Tulsa Oilers on Friday night.
The Komets remain in third place in the Central division at the start of week 14 trailing league-leader Toledo by nine points with 39 games remaining.
Szydlowski is skating his fourth straight season with Fort Wayne and currently leads the Komets with 21 goals, 28 assists and ranks second in the ECHL with 49 points after 31 games.
Competing in the Puck Control Relay for the ECHL All-Stars is Orlando’s Tony Cameranesi, Reading’s Justin Crandall, Colorado’s Matt Garbowsky and Fort Wayne’s Shawn Szydlowski while competing for the Adirondack Thunder is Dennis Kravchenko, Ty Loney, Peter MacArthur and Greg Wolfe.
The Komets once again could not top Toledo in their home barn, falling to the Walleye 4-3 in overtime.
The Komets used a big third period to power past Quad City 5-1 on Saturday night.
Brett Perlini, 26, started the season appearing in 25 games with Rapid City (9g, 12pts) before being traded to Wichita last week
Kyle Thomas and Mike Embach each had two goals in the win.
Cazzola appeared in all 14 games in December and led all ECHL rookies with nine goals and 19 points.
Szydlowski scored 11 goals, added 17 assists for 28 points and posted a +7, leading the Komets in all categories for the month.
The Komets lit the lamp first on New Years but gave up the game-winning goal in the third period in a 3-1 loss to the Toledo Walleye.
Team captain Jamie Schaafsma’s goal with less than four minutes in the third period proved the difference in an intense game between the Komets and Cyclones Thursday night at War Memorial Coliseum.
Defenseman Frank Schumacher, a third-year pro, has signed an ECHL SPC with Fort Wayne and has been added to the roster.
Former Komets Colin Chaulk, Brandon Marino, and Chris Auger returned to their old stomping grounds with a vengeance on Friday night leading the Brampton Beast to a 6-1 win over the Komets at War Memorial Coliseum.
Following the Mad Ants lead, the Fort Wayne Komets hockey organization visited the hospital to make the patients’ time away from home more pleasant.
Mike Cazzola and Brady Vail- who provided what proved to be the game winner- scored third period goals to propel the Fort Wayne Komets (16-7-3) past the host Quad City Mallards (15-9-2) 4-3 Wednesday night.
Cazzola scored five goals and added four assists for nine points in the three games played.