The Komets won all three games during week nine of 2017-18 and improved to 13-6-2 for 22 points and advanced to within three points of first-place Toledo in the ECHL’s Central division after trailing by nine points at the start of the week. The Komets lead the Central division and rank fifth in the ECHL with a .667 winning percentage.
The week started with a 5-2 morning victory at Toledo Wednesday. The game started at 10:39am and by 1:05pm the Komets had posted five goals to claim the win and improve to 4-3-1 when playing morning games. Garrett Thompson posted his first pro hat trick and added an assist for his first pro four-point game. Louick Marcotte and Curtis Leonard rounded out the Fort Wayne scoring as Michael Houser earned the win making 29 saves on 31 shots in the Komet net.
Friday the Komets returned home to ground the visiting Quad City Mallards 5-3. Houser once again earned the win stopping 13 of 15 shots for his fourth straight win in his fifth straight start. Houser has not allowed more than two goals in a game in six consecutive appearances. Houser was not charged with Quad City’s first goal of the game as the Komets scored into their own net while working a delayed call against the Mallards. With Houser off the ice for the extra attacker during the delayed call, Jamie Schaafsma inadvertently put the puck into the gaping Fort Wayne net after a wayward pass to the point bounced of the boards and slid directly into the empty goal. Quad City’s goalie C.J. Motte was credited with the goal since he was the last Mallard to touch the puck. Also, Shaafsma scored the Komets’ fifth goal of the game into an empty net with 56 seconds remaining after the Mallards pulled Motte in favor of an extra attacker. Komets Logan Nelson, Artur Tyanulin, Ryan Clukin and Mason Baptista also contributed markers in the win.
Saturday the Komets extended their win streak to a season-high five games with a 5-2 win over Orlando at the Memorial Coliseum. The Komets mounted a commanding 4-0 lead on goals by Jason Binkley, Leonard, Tyanulin and Schaafsma before the Solar Bears responded with a pair. Culkin sealed the win with Fort Wayne’s fifth goal at 7:22 of the third period. Garrett Bartus earned the win in the Fort Wayne cage stopping 35 of 37 shots to extend his personal win string to four straight decisions.