Shawn Szydlowski continues to climb Komets’ all-times lists during hot streak

Komets' right wing Shawn Szydlowski fires the team's only goal last Saturday against Cincinnati. (By Blake Sebring of

In an attempt to change things up a little, Fort Wayne Komets forward Shawn Szydlowski asked teammate Taylor Crunk to give him a haircut. It’s a little bit of a mohawk and probably feels cooler under the helmet.

But he shouldn’t want to mess things up or cool off too much because the Komets star right winger has been red hot of late with six goals and 13 points over his last nine games. He leads the team with 17 points over 14 games.

“I’m just working harder is all,” Szydlowski said simply when asked the reason for the streak. “I got back to moving my feet defensively, and trying to keep that going. We haven’t been as consistent as we want so I’ve been trying to focus on myself and whatever way I can help the team. The best thing I can do is work hard and try to be consistent myself and hopefully it rubs off.”

He’s had plenty of help from linemates Garrett Thompson and Dennis Kravchenko. Kravchenko is expected to return to the lineup tonight against Toledo.

“I’d love that line to stick together,” Szydlowski. “G wins all his battles in the corner because guys can never knock him off the puck. Kravie is a great heads up player with a lot of skill, too.”

Last weekend, Szydlowski became the 28th player in Komets history to hit 300 career points. He also tied Ian Boyce for 28th with 127 career goals, passed Scott Gruhl for 28th with 176 assists and ranks 48th with 291 career games. He has passed some pretty significant names in Fort Wayne’s hockey history, and every point or goal from here will add to the impact of Szydlowski’s Fort Wayne career.

Komets coach Gary Graham knows he needs his best player to stay hot as the team tries to win some positive momentum.

“He’s working hard without the puck,” Graham said. “When he’s really going, it’s when he gets himself a fight, or when he gets himself involved physically is usually when he’s playing his best hockey. Whenever Szyd fights and is sticking up for a teammate, that gets everybody going right away. He did that a lot last year, and whenever he does that this year he gets the boys fired up and gets himself going.”