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Komets Shawn Szydlowski, Bobby Shea hoping for a great hockey adventure

The first time Bobby Shea and Shawn Szydlowski remember becoming friends, they were 12 years old, though they had become aware of each other as hockey players before that. "Shawn was the guy who could take a slap shot and had a beard when we were like 10, and it was like, `You gotta watch ...

Tyson Fawcett scores his second goal of the game on a first-period breakaway Saturday night. (By Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel)

Tailing the Komets: Observations on Game 1

Wow, does Tyson Fawcett ever love playing in Fort Wayne! Fawcett scored a hat trick in the Komets' 4-2 win over Toledo on Saturday night before 10,089 Memorial Coliseum fans. Including the previous games he played here against the Komets, that's a ridiculous seven goals and eight points in ...

Komets goaltender Michael Houser forces Toledo's Shane Berschbach's scoring attempt away from the goal during the third period Saturday night. (By Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel)

BLAKE SEBRING: Hopefully new Komets now understand Toledo rivalry

Sorry to the players, this is probably completely unfair, but it's also the absolute truth about this Fort Wayne Komets season, and they need to hear it. Everything you do for the rest of the season will likely be judged on your success or failure against Toledo. Saturday's 4-2 ...

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Tailing the Komets: Team names captains

Since Will Weber is playing in Germany this season, the Fort Wayne Komets needed a new alternate captain, and today coach Gary Graham announced who is joining the team of captain Jamie Schaafsma and Shawn Szydlowski. It's veteran defenseman Cody Sol who is starting his fourth season in Fort ...

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Tailing the Komets: Roster moves

Heading into Saturday's home-opener, the Fort Wayne Komets are making some roster moves to get ready for the Toledo Walleye. On Friday the Komets activated forwards Justin Hodgman and Tyson Fawcett from reserve and placed forward Taylor Crunk and defenseman Ryan Lowney on reserve. Now, that ...

Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma says players will have to adjust quickly to the new emphasis on slashing and faceoff rules. (By Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel.com)

Tailing the Komets: Players adjusting to new rules emphasis

As usual when the National Hockey League tweaks its rules, it takes every level of hockey some time to adjust. During Monday night's exhibition game, Kalamazoo's Lane Scheidl was hit with a delay of game penalty after he didn't line up to the satisfaction of the linesman. It's a totally new ...

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Tailing the Komets: Here’s how things stand today

Talked to Komets General Manager David Franke and right now Tyson Fawcett and Justin Hodgman are on the Komets' reserve list. But the thing is that list doesn't mean a whole lot other than for ECHL salary cap purposes because either player can be activated at any time. In fact, either one could ...

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Tailing the Komets: The many travels of Nick Niedert

I noticed that Nick Niedert was released by Adirondack in today's ECHL transactions and it reminded me of this 2014 story about him. About the only team he's never played for during his amazing career is the Komets, though he came close one season as you can see by reading this story by ...

Tailing the Komets: Shocking and sad news

Former Komets defenseman Mike Boland passed away Sunday at the age of 62 in Amherst, N.Y. He played only one year with the Komets, scoring seven goals and 46 points in 74 games as a defenseman in 1977-78. That was the season Gregg Pilling coached the team and they had a tremendous season, ...

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Justin Hodgman hoping for rebirth season with Komets

About the only person who doesn't think Justin Hodgman's return to the Komets is a big deal, is... well... "It’s not different than any signing," Hodgman said. "They are always equally as important. Mine may be more significant to the fanbase, but it’s not compared to what we are trying to ...

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Tailing the Komets: One more player released

As the ECHL's regular-season roster deadline passed at 3 p.m., the Fort Wayne Komets decided to let one more player go. That leaves them with 20 players remaining on the roster — 11 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. The Komets have placed rookie defenseman Mitch Nylen on ...

Komets goaltender Michael Houser made 33 saves in Monday's 4-1 exhibition game win over the Kalamazoo Wings. (By Blake Sebring of The News-Sentinel)

Tailing the Komets: Garrett Bartus pulls off an odd one and other notes

Maybe you missed this but Komets goaltender Garrett Bartus pulled off something odd during the first period of Saturday's exhibition game against Indy, the type of thing that makes you do a doubletake to make sure you actually saw it. When the puck ended up sitting on the back of the net ...