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Komets notes: Schrock sets new record with dancing donations

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Also, playoff trivia, looking ahead and Icing the Puck

Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:04 am
Komets fans helped Kaleigh Schrock shatter the record for most donations last weekend as part of "A Reason to Dance, A Reason to Hope." The former Komets captain raised $37,000 as more than $100,000 was raised for Riley Children's Hospital. WANE's Terra Brantley finished second in the judging and raised more than $14,000 in donations while dancing with partner Christopher Spalding. Schrock danced between periods at the Komets' March 5 game with partner Kelly Bartlett-Spalding from The Fort Wayne Ballroom Company and raised more than $10,000 during that two-game weekend at Memorial Coliseum. He received a special award for raising that much money over the Komets weekend.

"This experience has given me one of the most proudest moments of my life," Schrock said. "More importantly, we made a difference for Riley's kids in need. In addition to hitting our goal, it brought me closer to my family, friends and this community. I can't thank everyone who played a part in this enough."

This is the third year for the event, easily topping the previous totals of $30,000 and $68,000.

Schrock, who won an NCAA Division III championship at Neumann College and two titles with the Komets, said, "It was fun lifting a trophy again. I felt like I was a champion for a great reason!"

Playoff appearances trivia

After last weekend, the Komets have qualified for the postseason 56 times in 65 seasons, and have failed to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons only once, in 1974 and 1975... In fact, after those two seasons, from 1976 to 1997 the Komets made the playoffs 21 years in a row which was an International Hockey League record... During that span, they missing winning at least one series in a year only four times... Not to get too far ahead, but the Komets have won at least one round nine years in a row and are the only ECHL team to win quarterfinal series each of the last three seasons... Of the 24 years the Komets have qualified for the playoffs under the ownership of the Franke brothers, they have won at least two rounds 11 times... Komets coaches who made the playoffs in each of their first four seasons include Ron Ullyot, Rob Laird, Al Sims and now Gary Graham.

Moving up quickly

Graham recently passed Ron Ullyot for fifth place all-time on the Komets career coaching wins list. Including playoffs, he has 188 in four years to trail Al Sims with 504, Ken Ullyot with 322, Greg Puhalski with 298 and Rob Laird with 212. There's a chance Graham could pass Laird for the best starting four-year wins total by a Komets coach.

A worthy goal

With 13 games remaining in the regular season, the Komets need four wins to hit 40 in a season for the third year in a row, something they will have done 19 times since the Franke brothers purchased the team in 1990. It would be the 11th time if they can reach 45 wins. The Komets' remaining schedule contains 10 teams with winning records; seven home games and six on the road.

Looking way ahead

This is the kind of stuff Komets coach Gary Graham hates, but looking ahead a potential playoff foes, Kalamazoo beat Quad City 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday night to trim the Mallards' lead for third place to two points. It was the last meeting of the season between the teams. Whomever finishes third plays the Central Division's second-place team in the first round and the fourth-place finisher faces the division champion.

Kalamazoo has 10 games remaining including two each with Indy, Norfolk, Indy and Fort Wayne, three with Florida and one , four at home and three on the road.

Quad City has 12 games remaining including two each with Alaska, Indy, Missouri and Wheeling and four with Florida; five at home and five on the road.

It could come down to the final regular-season games April 7 and 8, and home-and-home-series, between Fort Wayne and Quad City to determine first-round match-ups.

Playoff tickets went on sale Thursday, and the Memorial Coliseum is looking at home games April 14 and 15, provided the Komets have the home-ice advantage in the first round. No one wants to play on Easter, April 16, unless absolutely necessary. Fort Wayne's magic number to clinch home-ice in the first round is 15 points over the next 13 games.

Icing the puck

Jamie Schaafsma has a seven-game point-scoring streak going... Who leads the Komets with the most games played this season? Defenseman Will Weber. There's a reason his new nickname is "Tank."... Defenseman Jason Binkley has seven assists over his last three games... The Komets have out-scored opponents 85-48 and out-shot them 659-489 during third periods... The Komets are 13-11-6 on the road this season with six games remaining. Last year they were 18-14-4... Fort Wayne's Jackson Leef signed recently with Knoxville of the Southern Professional Hockey League and had an assist in his first two games... Kyle Thomas has a goal and two point in 12 games with Cleveland of the AHL... The Komets are 36-16-7 this season and on Saturday won their 5,500th point in franchise history in 4,837 regular season games. Currently, they have an all-time regular-season record of 2,509-1,846-482 for a winning percentage of .569... Unless Toledo finds a way to cram more people into the 7,431-seat Huntington Center, the Komets are going to win the ECHL attendance title for the second year in a row. Fort Wayne's average of 7,604 is the best the Komets have had for a season since 7,770 when they won the Central Hockey League title in 2011-12.

For more on the Komets, follow Blake Sebring on Twitter at @blakesebring, at his blog tailingthekomets.com and on Facebook at Blake Sebring.


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