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Komets worked long hours to sign ECHL all-star

After scoring 17 goals last year with the Komets, forward Brett Perlini has re-signed for the upcoming season. News-Sentinel photo by Blake Sebring
After scoring 17 goals last year with the Komets, forward Brett Perlini has re-signed for the upcoming season. News-Sentinel photo by Blake Sebring

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Sol, Perlini and Thomas among seven signees

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 09:32 pm
In the past whenever the Fort Wayne Komets recruited European players , General Manager David Franke would set his alarm for the middle of the night so he could call players. So waiting until 11 p.m. Saturday to call a Czech who is now living in California was no big deal.Actually, it was, as Franke convinced former ECHL first-team all-star Peter Sivak to sign with the Komets. After getting ECHL approval on the contract, the Komets announced the signing on Wednesday along with six other players.

The other players are returning defenseman Cody Sol and forwards Kyle Thomas and Brett Perlini, and the newcomers are defenseman Austin Levi and rookie forwards Alex Greive and Josh Ranalli.

Sivak, who scored 31 goals and 83 points two years ago to finish second to the Komets' Brandon Marino in the ECHL scoring race, will take over some of the scoring for Mike Embach who signed in Sweden. This is actually the third time the Komets have tried to sign the right wing who won an ECHL championship two years ago with Alaska.

"We almost had him last year, but he got a two-way contract with Bridgeport (of the AHL)," Franke said. "That meant no one had his ECHL rights this year, and we called him right away."

Franke and coach Gary Graham said they like Sivak's elite conditioning and veteran leadership along with his scoring ability. He has scored 185 points in 185 career ECHL games.

Levi, a 6-foot-4, 210 defenseman played in juniors with Komets Mitch Heard and Garrett Meurs and is coming off an NHL deal with Carolina. He played 46 ECHL games last year with Stockton and Florida, scoring five goals and 16 points.

"I've watched him play since he was 17," Graham said. "The thing I like about him is I think he's got a lot more offensive ability than he's had the chance to show the last couple of years."

Grieve played three ECHL games with Quad City last season after finishing his college career with Bentley University where he had five goals and 16 points in 28 games as a senior. Ranalli, who is signed to play with former Komet Kevin Kerr in Macon of the SPHL, scored 17 goals and 45 points in 31 games with NCAA Division III Adrian last year.

Though he didn't finish the season with the Komets, Thomas was told when he was released in March that the team wanted him back for training camp. He scored three goals and seven points in 23 games with the Komets last season. He scored eight goals and 15 points in 19 games with Columbus of the SPHL.

Perlini was acquired from Indy in late November and scored 17 goals and 31 points in 57 games with the Komets. The Komets think he be capable of 25 goals over a full schedule.

Sol was one of only two Komets to play in all 72 games last year, scoring 18 points and leading the team with 154 penalty minutes.

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