Tailing the Komets: Some notes for tonight’s game

Michael Houser

This is one of the Komets’ two games-in-hand they have on Toledo, and it’s also a chance for Fort Wayne to pass the Walleye for first place in the ECHL’s Central Division with a win. The Walleye have 43 points in 32 games, and the Komets have 42 points in 30 games so far.

The Komets can also set the ECHL season-high with their eighth straight home win and tie Colorado for the most home wins by a team this season with 13.

Don’t overlook Kalamazoo which has been playing well of late, going 6-3-1. The Wings trail Kansas City by six points for fourth place in the Central Division, but Kalamazoo has played seven fewer games than the Mavericks.

The Wings do not have any individual scorers or goaltenders among the league leaders, but as Komets coach Gary Graham said Sunday, you always know they are well-coached and they won’t beat themselves.

Shawn Szydlowski has 16 points over his last seven games, and four goals over his last three games. Jamie Schaafsma has five goals over his last four home games.

The Komets shutout streak sits at 126:31.

After tonight and Saturday’s home games, the Komets play eight of their next 10 games on the road, and then in February, they play eight of 12 at home.

This is the first of only three trips for Kalamazoo to Fort Wayne the entire season.