Courtesy: Fort Wayne Komets
Fort Wayne, IN - The Komets will complete their inaugural ECHL season skating three games in four nights this week. The Toledo Walleye visit Wednesday at 7:30pm before the Komets face the Kalamazoo Wings in a home-and-home series to complete the 2012-13 schedule. The Komets will skate their final road game of the season Friday at Kalamazoo at 7:30pm and then return home to host the Wings in the season finale Saturday night at 7:30.
About last week-- The Komets completed the week earning one point out of three games played and enter the final week of the season with a 32-33-4 record and 68 points after 69 games.
Wednesday the Komets fell to Reading 8-2, snapping Fort Wayne's season longest home win streak at three games and eliminating the Komets from post-season play for the ninth time in the 61-year history of the team in Fort Wayne. The Royals take the season series 2-0-0.
Friday the Komets dropped the first of a two-game series at Elmira 5-2. Saturday the Komets were edged at Elmira in a shootout 2-1 to finish the season series at 1-1-1 against the Jackals.
The Players--goaltender Charlie Effinger entered Friday's game at Elmira in relief and stopped all 18 shots faced in the second and third periods. Saturday Effinger made his first start since March 13 (5 games) and stopped 40 of 41 Elmira shots in regulation and overtime. Effinger completed the trip to Elmira making 58 saves on 59 shots in two games (105:00) for a 0.57 goals-against average and .983 save percentage for the week.....Rookie Nick Wheeler (F/D) extended his scoring streak to six games (2g, 7a) with a goal Wednesday before having the streak stopped Friday at Elmira....Rookie Mathieu Gagnon scored his first pro point (assist) Friday at Elmira....winger Matthew Syroczynski completed the week scoring the Komets lone goal in regulation Saturday at Elmira for his second goal in as many nights.....Forward Matt Firman scored goals in two of the three games played for a three-point week (2g, 1a).
Marino (RW) 71 points (ranks fourth in ECHL), 51 assists (third in
ECHL)....Thomas Beauregard 22 goals.....Marino and Nick Wheeler +8.....Kaleigh
Schrock (RW) 159 penalty minutes....Marino 201 shots....Deslauriers, 5-7-0, 3.37
goals-against average, .894 save percentage.
Gates, Dunbar return to Pensacola--The Komets announced Monday that they have suspended defenseman Jeremy Gates and forward John Dunbar so the players may return to Pensacola of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), where they started the season, and participate in the playoffs. Gates and Dunbar will be reunited with former Komet assistant coach Gary Graham, currently head coach of the Ice Flyers, and will be in the lineup when Penasacola starts the first round of the SPHL playoffs this week. Pensacola finished the 2012-13 SPHL season in third-place with a 33-18-5 record and 71 points over 56 games. Gates scored a goal and four points in 17 games with the Komets while Dunbar scored five goals and 10 points during his 17-game tour with Fort Wayne this season.
KOMETS ON ICE THIS WEEK--
Wednesday, March 27, Toledo Walleye (35-26-9, 79 points) at Komets, 7:30pm ET--The Toledo Walleye have qualified for post-season play and enter the week holding the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference with a chance to improve their playoff position with two games remaining. Only three points separate the Walleye from fifth place Florida (81 points) with Greenville (80 points) and South Carolina (80 points) wedged in between. Wednesday's match is the final meeting of the season. The Komets are 4-6-0 against Toledo after 10 meetings. After Wednesday, the Walleye remain on the road at Wheeling for their season finale Friday. The Walleye are looking to snap a two-game losing skid heading into this week's play and are 2-3-0 in their last five games.
Friday, March 29, Komets at Kalamazoo Wings (33-29-7, 73 points), 7:35pm ET--The Komets end the season with a home-and-home series against the Wings starting Friday at Kalamazoo. The Komets lead the season series 7-6-1 but have dropped the last two meetings. Kalamazoo was officially eliminated from the playoffs after a 3-2 shootout loss against Wheeling Sunday. Kalamazoo will host Evansville Wednesday before facing the Komets at Wings Stadium Friday.
Saturday, March 30, Kalamazoo Wings at Komets, 7:35pm ET--The Komets and the Wings will skate their season finales on Coliseum ice Saturday night. Copyright 2013 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved.