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WRITER: Blake Sebring

Komets' Ryan Culkin hoping for healthy season

If Ryan Culkin has one overwhelming wish for this hockey season, it's that he gets to be a part of all of it. He wants to play every game, as many minutes as possible. Culkin, 23, is at the very least an American Hockey League-caliber player but he hasn't had much luck proving it on the ice during his first three pro seasons. Because of injuries, a fifth-round draft choice by Calgary in 2012, he played 37 games ...

Tailing the Komets: Observations on Game 2

Tonight's Fort Wayne Komets game will tell everyone a lot about this team. After easily defeating the Kansas City Mavericks 8-2 before 7,140 Memorial Coliseum fans on Friday night, will the Komets come out flat and skate down to the level of their opponents? Will they have less than an optimal effort, figuring Kansas City is over-matched? Or will the Komets come out with the same focus and attention to detail ...

Tailing the Komets: Kaleigh Schrock signing with Brampton

The Beast are in desperate need of players so the former Komets captain has decided to do a favor for his old friend Colin Chaulk and sign for one day with Brampton. The Beast lost a couple of players to AHL call-ups today, and are playing Kalamazoo tonight. This should be for one game only as the Beast are back home tomorrow against the Wings. Schrock, who is the director of athletic development at Parkview ...

Komets notes: Fans fell asleep on opening night

After Tyson Fawcett scored his third goal of the game at 13:19 of the third period Saturday night, everyone celebrated but everyone also forgot to throw any hats onto the ice to fete his hat trick. Was nobody wearing a hat? Were they too stunned by the flukey goal? Were they afraid of not getting them back? Were they simply out of practice? C'mon, Komets fans you are better than that! And by the way, fans who ...

Tailing the Komets: Roster move for tonight's game

Heading into Friday's game against Missouri, the Komets have decided to activate Taylor Crunk off reserve and have placed forward Mason Baptista on reserve. Michael Houser will start his 100th career ECHL game in goal. Asked coach Gary Graham about the Mavericks and he said they are fast, tough and have good goaltending. Could be quite the physical match-up this weekend.

Tailing the Komets: Kevin St. Pierre backing up for Kansas City

Fort Wayne Komets fans got a nice surprise during warm-ups before Friday's game against the Kansas City Mavericks. Former Komets great Kevin St. Pierre appeared as the Mavericks' emergency back-up goaltender for an ill player. St. Pierre, 42, last played in Fort Wayne in 2006-07 and holds most of the Komets goaltending records, including career shutouts with 23 and best goals against average in a season with ...

Tailing the Komets: St. Pierre gets a surprise in trip back

Kevin St. Pierre thought this would be a nice trip to Fort Wayne to see some former teammates and his son Jake who works at Franke Metal Plating. Instead, it turned into another opportunity for his hobby. Fort Wayne Komets fans got a nice surprise during warm-ups before Friday's game against the Kansas City Mavericks when the former Komets great appeared as the Mavericks' emergency back-up goaltender for an ...

Fort Wayne's Mr. Bowling Vic Sockrider has passed

One of Fort Wayne's bowling cornerstones has passed as Vic Sockrider died Tuesday night at age 67. For 37 years Sockrider was the general manager and then owner of Georgetown Bowl from its opening in February 1976, and a was a long-time president of the Fort Wayne Bowling Council which he founded. He helped bring and run several Pro Bowlers Association tournaments to Fort Wayne, including the annual regional ...

Komets great Merv Dubchak returning to Fort Wayne this weekend UPDATED

3 p.m. Wednesday: Just found out plans have changed. Carson Dubchak did not make the trip to Fort Wayne with the Mavericks so the rest of the Dubchak family is now not coming this weekend. The greatest goal scorer in Fort Wayne Komets history hasn't been back to the Memorial Coliseum since the team's 50th anniversary celebration in 2002, but Merv Dubchak will be here this weekend. Dubchak, 77, is coming back ...

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 this guy shoot!' " Shea said. Szydlowski just remembers that even at that early age, Shea was always the guy everyone ...

Friends and faith help Kevan Chandler live life

Because of spinal muscular atrophy, Fort Wayne's Kevan Chandler may be confined to a wheelchair, but thanks to his friends he is certainly not limited to one. Though the messages from his brain to his spinal cord are garbled and cause his limbs to atrophy, Chandler, 31, has an amazing core of friends in North Carolina and Fort Wayne who help him live life. He met many working in the music industry as a ...

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 four games in The Jungle. "I thought our team just played well and my teammates made me a better player," Fawcett said. ...

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 season-opening win was a good start this time, but two of the last three years the Walleye knocked the Komets out of the playoffs ...

Former IPFW volleyball players striving to help Puerto Rico

Former IPFW men's volleyball player Ivan Matos returned from his Puerto Rican home on Friday. He really didn't want to leave, but the Puerto Rican league he was playing in canceled its season and he needed to work so he could send money home. "From what I saw the day after the hurricane in the metro area, it looks like a war zone," Matos said of the area around Guaynabo in the northeast part of the island. "All ...