Sol, Bartus back with Komets

Fort Wayne, Ind. - The Fort Wayne Komets announced that defenseman Cody Sol and goaltender Garrett Bartus have agreed to terms with the club for the 2017-18 season.

Sol, 26, completed the 2016-17 campaign scoring career highs of seven goals and 24 points in 56 games while leading the Komets for his third straight year in penalty minutes with 162.  Sol contributed a goal and four points appearing in all 10 playoff games. 

The Woodstock, Ontario native logged five seasons of juniors play in the Ontario Hockey League from 2007-12 skating stints with Saginaw and Kitchener. Sol was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fifth round (125th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and made his pro debut appearing in one American Hockey League game with Chicago during the 2009-10 season.

In 2012-13, Sol added 26 AHL games with St. John's while making his ECHL debut scoring eight points (5g-3a) and 109 penalty minutes in 25 games with Colorado. Sol joined the Ontario Reign for 2013-14 and added 16 points (6g-10a) and 121 penalty minutes to his ECHL career totals.

Sol has amassed 63 points (16g-47a) and 575 penalty minutes since arriving in Fort Wayne in 2014-15 and has overall totaled 87 points (27-60a) and 805 penalty minutes in 283 ECHL career games. Sol was honored with the Bud Gallmeier Memorial Trophy for Community Service in 2015-16.  He capped last season with Fort Wayne's Defenseman of the Year award.

Bartus will be entering his fifth year as a pro.  He registered his first full season in 2013-14 with the ECHL's Evansville IceMen posting a 3.30 goals-against average and an 8-9-6 record in 24 appearances. The St. Charles, Ill. native posted a record of 27-7-1, 2.68 goals-against average and .905 save percentage last season with Fort Wayne in 33 games and added four shutouts. Bartus capped the year earning Fort Wayne's Unsung Hero Award.