Komets prepare to hit the road after successful homestand

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Komets picked up two wins over Kalamazoo and another over Tulsa last week to bring the team’s win total to 25 with 24 games remaining. The club travels to Iowa this week before returning to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, March 2.n/a against Tulsa.

Last week’s results

Wed 2/16 vs. Kalamazoo FW 6 – KAL 3 W

Fri 2/18 v Toledo FW 3 – TOL 6 L

Sat. 2/19 vs. Tulsa FW 4 – TUL 2 W

Sun. 2/20 against Kalamazoo FW 5 – KAL 2 W

About last week – On Wednesday night, the Komets entertained the Kalamazoo Wings for the fourth time this season and inflicted another defeat on their Central Division rival. The Komets had 41 shots, six of which found the back of the net. Will Graber, Tyler Busch and Kellen Jones all lit the torch, and Oliver Cooper’s two shorthanded goals led the way in the 6-3 victory. Cooper would finish the game with three points. Former Komet Trevor Gorsuch would start the game in the Kalamazoo goal but would not finish the game, getting the hook after the second period after allowing six goals on 28 shots. Justin Pawloski came on as relief and stopped 13 shots in the third period. Sam Harvey would take the win, making 31 saves.

Friday night, the Toledo Walleye came to town and walked away with a 6-3 victory. Anthony Petruzzelli scored just 11 in the game to give the Komets a 1-0 lead. Toledo would erase the deficit with two goals in the second half of the period to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Lynden McCallum scored a power play goal at 13:1 of the second period to tie the game at two. Toledo scored two goals in the second period and another in the third to take a 5-2 lead. The Komets came close when Zach Pochiro scored his eighth of the season at 12:45, but the Walleye responded with a goal at 19:14 to make the final score 6-3. Willie Corrin had three assists in the game, while Sam Harvey took the loss in net making 36 saves.

The Tulsa Oilers visited the Coliseum on Saturday for the first time since 2020. Mario Culina would get his first start in goal since Jan. 30. The rookie stopped 39 Tulsa shots for the win. After a scoreless first period, Marcus McIvor was trapped by Lynden McCallum and Will Graber to score the game’s first goal at 5:44 of the second period. Tulsa tied the game at 6:50 a.m. only for McCallum to score eight seconds later to reclaim the host team lead. In the third, Tulsa would tie the game at 1:02. The Komets would take a late game penalty at 2:14 and on the ensuing penalty Conner Jones would score his fifth of the season to regain the lead. Anthony Petruzzelli added an insurance goal at 7:16 on the power play to make the final score 4-2. Graber would finish the game with four assists.

The weekend would wrap up Sunday with a rematch with the Kalamazoo Wings on Sweetwater Ice. The Komets would take advantage of two early power plays and score twice to give the club a 2-0 lead at the end of the first twenty minutes. Raymond Brice and Tanner Sorenson would get scorers in the second period to tie the game. Will Graber would set up Lynden McCallum for his tenth of the season at 17:34 to give the Komets the lead. In the final frame, Shawn Szydlowski would score on the power play, with assists from Zach Pochiro and Willie Corrin at 1:34. Pochiro would claim victory with a count at 16:41 to make the final score 5-2. Sam Harvey took the win with 35 saves. The Komets went 2 of 2 on the power play.

Trails of Komet— Anthony Petruzzelli has points in six straight games (3g, 3a). Conner Jones has two goals and five assists in his last five games played. Will Graber has points in four straight games (2g, 7a). Lynden McCallum also has points from the last four games (3g, 3y) and Shawn Szydlowski has points from the last four games on the road (3g, 5y)

For the week

GP PT GA +/-

Will Graber 4 9 2 7 4

Lynden McCallum 4 6 3 3 1

Connor Jones 3 5 2 3 3

Kellen Jones 4 5 1 4 0

Willie Corrin 4 5 0 5 5

Antoine Petruzzelli 4 4 2 2 3

Oliver Cooper 3 3 2 1 -1

Zach Pochiro 4 3 2 1 -1

Shawn Szydlowski 3 3 1 2 -2

Keaton Jameson 4 1 0 1 -2

Zach Tolkinen 4 1 1 0 1

Tyler Busch 4 1 1 0 1

Connor Corcoran 4 1 0 1 -1

Marcus McIvor 4 1 1 0 4

Matt Alvaro 4 1 0 1 -2

Goalkeepers

GAA MIN SA GA SV WLT OTL SOL SV% SO

Mario Culina 2.00 60 42 2 40 1 0 0 0 0 0.952 0

Samuel Harvey 3.67 180 114 11 103 2 1 0 0 0 0.904 0

Special K— For the week, the Komets scored five power-play goals out of 10 chances. The club skated shorthanded 15 times, killing 12 power play kills and scoring three shorthanded goals.

Komet leaders

POINTS: Will Graber 53

GOALS: Anthony Petruzzelli 18

ASSISTS: Will Graber 39

PP GOALS: Anthony Petruzzelli 7

SH GOALS: Oliver Cooper 3

GW GOALS: Shawn Boudrias 3

SHOOTING: Anthony Petruzzelli 117

IMP: Zach Tolkinen 69

+/-: Will Graber 24

Glaze the puck — Oliver Cooper scored two shorthanded goals in the same shift on Wednesday. The last time a Komet scored two shorthanded goals in a game was Spencer Smallman on Feb. 27, 2021 at Indy. The last time a Komet scored two goals from the same penalty was Phelix Martineau on November 7, 2018 at Rapid City. The club only had six minutes on penalties on Wednesday. It was the sixth time this season that the team had six minutes or less in a game. The least in a game this season was two minutes on Dec. 10 at Kalamazoo. Cooper’s back-to-back goals on Wednesday marked the seventh time a Komet had scored back-to-back in a game. On Friday night, Anthony Petruzzelli’s :11 goal was the fastest to start a game this season. The record for the fastest goal to start a game was set on January 31, 1971, when Jim Hrycuik scored at the mark: 6 in a game against Des Moines. Will Graber was credited with four assists in the 4-2 win over Tulsa on Saturday night. It was the second time this season that Graber had four assists in a game. He leads the league in assists with 39 in 35 games played. The last time a Komet had five assists in a game was Shawn Szydlowski on March 12, 2016, in Alaska. Conner Jones’ shorthanded goal on Saturday was the Komets’ eleventh of the season. Cooper leads the team with three. Sunday’s win over Kalamazoo was the fifth of the season against the Wings at the Coliseum. Keaton Jameson scored his first pro point on Sunday. Petruzzelli leads the team with 18 goals, setting a new career high. Szydlowski needs 18 more points to reach 500 in his career Komets.

This week—The Komets are heading to Iowa for the first time this Friday and Saturday.

Player of the Week Nominations

Will Graber 4gp 9pt 2g 7a +4

Upcoming promotions

Season ticket exchange evening, Wednesday, March 2 — All season ticket holders can exchange their unused season tickets for additional tickets. Redeem your tickets at the Colosseum box office.

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