Komets off to hot start


Through two weekends of the ECHL season, only three teams have not suffered a regulation or overtime loss, and only the Fort Wayne Komets have pulled off that feat by playing more than two games.


The Komets entered last week’s action at 2-0-0 before sweeping three games in three days in three different cities to improve to 5-0-0 on the season.


Fort Wayne opened the week with a 3-2 overtime win at Kalamazoo on Friday. Shawn Szydlowski scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner 3:45 into the extra session. Szydlowski also picked up an assist on Fort Wayne’s other goal, and was a +3 in the game. Pat Nagle stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced to record in the win in goal.

The Komets returned home on Saturday and came away with a 6-2 win against Missouri. It was the first time on the season that a Fort Wayne game was not decided by one goal. Szydlowski continued his strong play with a pair of assists while six different Komets’ players tallied goals with Mike Embach leading the way with three points (1g-2a). Nagle was solid again with 20 saves, with the Komets’ special teams enjoyed a strong night going 2-for-8 on the power play and killing all five of the Mavericks’ power-play opportunities.


Fort Wayne ended the week with a 4-0 win at Indy on Sunday. Francois Tremblay enjoyed a memorable professional debut, stopping all 21 shots he faced to record the shutout while Matthew Pistilli led the way offensively with three points (1g-2a).


Offense has not been a problem for the Komets in the early going as the club has tallied three goals or more in each of their five games and their 4.40 goals per game ranks fourth in the league. Pistilli is second in the ECHL with eight points and is tied for second with four goals through five games.


Nagle has started four of Fort Wayne’s five games, and leads the league with four wins while ranking second with 109 saves and third with 249 minutes played.


The Komets are home for a pair of games this weekend, hosting Kalamazoo on Friday and Saturday.