Archive for October, 2010

Weather Cooling Down. Fishing Heating Up!

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

This is the time of the year that most wait for.  On the piers the spots are moving with the weather patterns and the wind.  The flounder bite has increased greatly.  Pick your days and catch all of the redfish you can handle just off the beach.  Come by the store and get the latest information and hit the water.

23 Inside the Zone

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

23 Inside the Zone

Fort Wayne, IN The Komets (42 15 6, 90 points) earned six points during week 23 by winning three of four games played and improved to 41 15 6 and 90 points with three weeks remaining in the 2014 15 regular season schedule.

The week started with a 4 1 victory at Indy Wednesday. Brett Perlini scored the first and fourth Fort Wayne goals of the match with tallies by Mike Embach and Eric Faille sandwiched in between. The game featured Faille return from a two month call up to the AHL Texas Stars. Goaltender Roman Will collected the win making 26 saves on 27 shots.

Friday the Komets were clipped 4 3 at Kalamazoo, snapping a brief two game win string. Faille notched a pair of goals for a second time this season. Perlini added a marker and Will stopped 24 of 28 shots in his third straight start and had his unbeaten streak snapped at nine games (7 0 2).

Saturday the Komets opened a home double header against Missouri with a 6 4 win. Szydlowski tied the ECHL record of three short handed goals in a game by a player and tied Fort Wayne all time record of five goals in a game while posting his first pro hat trick. It was the 27th time in the history of the ECHL that a player has scored five goals in a single game. It was Szydlowski fifth multi goal game of the season and seventh three plus point night. Faille also starred in the game with five assists, assisting on each of Szydlowski goals. Christian Ouellet also hit the net for the Komets while Pat Nagle kicked out 31 of 35 shots to earn the win in his first Fort Wayne appearance since his call up to the AHL Utica Comets Feb. 23.

The Komets completed a sweep of the home series and the season series against Missouri (3 0 0) with a 4 1 win in front of a Sunday crowd of 8,513. Matt Lowry, Embach, Faille and Matthew Pistilli found markers for the Komets. Nagle earned his 22nd win, one short of his career season high, allowing one goal on 32shots. It was the last of six Sunday home games this season (4 1 1).

The week ahead The Komets will bus East for three games in four nights this week. Wednesday the Komets face the Elmira Jackals (31 25 7, 69 points) at First Arena (3,784) at 7:05pm. The Komets were clipped 2 1 by the visiting Jackals in the only previous meeting of the season Jan. 30. Elmira is fighting for playoff position in the East Division, trailing fourth place Orlando by four points with nine games remaining. The Jackals are 3 1 1 in their last five games after splitting a weekend home double header against Wheeling.

Friday the Komets head for Wheeling (30 29 2, 62 points) to battle the Nailers at WesBanco Arena (5,344) at 7:35pm. It the second and final trip of the season to Wheeling where the Komets split a pair of games Jan. 23 and 24. The Komets are 1 1 1 after three meetings with Wheeling and Friday game will complete the season series. The Nailers are 3 2 1 in the last six games and will host Toledo Wednesday before hosting the Komets Friday. Wheeling currently holds the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division, leading fifth place Indy and Cincinnati by a point with three weeks remaining. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. It the first of three meetings remaining against the division rival Cyclones (27 28 7, 61 points). The Komets hold a 3 1 0 edge in the series after a 3 2 home win against Cincy March 15. The Cyclones will welcome South Carolina Wednesday and Evansville Friday before the Komets visit jerseys

KIDS SEAT FREE April 1 and 3 The Komets will return next week for home games Wednesday, April 1 against the Evansville Icemen at 7:30pm and Friday, April 3 against Elmira at 8pm. Both games are Kids Seat Free Nights, courtesy Aunt Millie and Parkview Health. Any child under the age of 12 can see the games for free with a full priced adult ticket purchase.

Home ice advantage The Komets have clinched home ice advantage for the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Komets are currently 22 5 5 after 32 home games. The last time Fort Wayne reached 20 wins at home was 2009 10 when they finished with a home record of 29 7 2. The playoffs begin the week of April 13 and all series will be best of seven.

20/20 The Komets have reached 20 wins both at home and on the road for the first time since 2009 10 and for the 17th time since they recorded 28 home wins and 22 road wins in 1959 60.

3+ club Eight players added at least three points to their season totals during week 23. Szydlowski bagged five goals and added five assists for 10 points while posting a +10, Faille scored four goals and five assists for a nine point week and registered +9, Lowry dished four assists and added a marker for five points, Embach contributed two goals, both game winners, and two assists for four points and recorded a +5, and James Martin gained four assists. Adding three points each were Perlini (3g), Pistilli (1g, 2a) and Ouellet (1g, 2a).

Streaking Komets Szydlowski, Faille, Embach and Lowry all had at least a point in each of the four games during the week. Faille pushed his point streak to eight games (8g, 7a) and has a three game road point streak (3g, 1a) finished riding a five game point streak (6g, 5a) and a six game home point streak (11g, 5a) has points in five consecutive games (2g, 3a) has a four game point and assist streak (1g, 4a) has a three game point streak (1g, 2a) extended his unbeaten streak to four games (3 0 1 and is unbeaten in regulation at home six straight games (5 0 1) Komets have points in 14 straight home games (11 0 3) and are enjoying a five game home winning streak.

Oh What a Night As mentioned earlier about Saturday night 6 4 home win against Missouri, Szydlowski netted five goals and Faille had an assist on each one. Szydlowski becomes the fifth to share the team record of most goals by a player in a game. Eddie Long, Norm Waslawski, Rod Willard and Ron Leef also accomplished the feat. Leef was the last to score five in a game on Dec. 4, 1982 vs. Kalamazoo in an 8 5 Fort Wayne win. There have been three players to score six assists in a game, the team record, including Art Stone, Len Thornson and Reggie Primeau. But the last time a player reached five assists in a game before Faille achievement Saturday was Mark Versteeg Lytwyn on Jan. 24, 2009 at Muskegon in a 10 3 Fort Wayne win. The last time Komet fans witnessed five assists by a Komet player on Coliseum ice was Dec. 17, 2004 when Colin Chaulk dished five helpers in a 9 4 win over Richmond.

Milestones Lowry scored his 100th point Friday at Kalamazoo (assist) Rizk skated his 200th pro game Sunday vs. Missouri Komets reached 90 points for the first time since 2009 10 when they earned 105 points during the regular season and went on to take the IHL Turner Cup Championship. It the 27th time Fort Wayne has reached the 90 point plateau in its 63 year history.

Komet leaders Szydlowski leads with 31 goals, seven power play goals and 62 points leads with 39 assists Daniels leads the ECHL with +42 leads with 136 penalty minutes leads with 22 wins, 2.36 goals against average.

More shots The Komets have out shot their opponents in 15 straight games (9 3 3, .700). For the season the Komets are 30 10 4 when clocking the most shots in a game. Embach leads with 193 shots followed by Szydlowski with 175 and Pistilli with 160.

Special Komet Jerseys auctioned for prostate cancer awareness The Komets donned special 80 throwback jerseys for a special Prostate Cancer Awareness Weekend when the Missouri Mavericks visited for games Saturday and Sunday. The jersey auction, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, earned net proceeds of $10,265 which will be donated to the Blue Ball Open Golf Tournament for prostate cancer awareness. Szydlowski 27 sweater garnished the most at $1,428. Kaleigh Schrock 79 collected $1,005 and Cody Sol 44 added a third highest $900 to the funds collected. The Komets and Fifth Third Bank are proud to sponsor such a worthy cause within the community.

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40 years of hardwood heaven at BRIT

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

40 years of hardwood heaven at BRIT

This column originally ran Jan. 6, 2003, entitled 35 Years of Hoops Highlights, as part of coverage of the 35th anniversary of BRIT. For this year’s 40th anniversary, I’ve updated, fined tuned and tinkered with it to include the past five tournaments. Here’s 40 Years of Hoops Highlights.


BRIT had seen nothing like this before. Twenty years later, it’s never been the same. The New Yorkers juked and jived, razzled and dazzled, thunked and dunked. Led by point guard and tournament MVP Danny Tirado talking smack but backing up every word and Eric Mobley, who would later go in the first round of the NBA draft, the Gauchos were untouchable, winning their four games by an average of 91 44. Imagine how much better they would have been if future NBA all star Jamal Mashburn hadn’t missed the subway to the airport in New York, as a result missing his flight to Saskatoon.


With a glass shattering dunk, Walter Murray’s Kevin Hoffman became a name for the ages. “I was sitting in the ref’s room waiting for the game to start and, boom, all I heard was a huge crash,” said referee Brian Hilsen. Hoffman had demolished the backboard, sending glass everywhere and bringing the crowd to its feet. Somehow, Bedford staff had a new board up in a half hour. Hoffman, after getting treated at the hospital for cuts, was back for the second half.


The Redmen usher in a new era by winning the first ever Bedford Road Invitational Tournament, defeating defending Saskatoon league champion Aden Bowman in the final. The Redmen came close to another title in 1971, leading Nick Patola’s Mount Royal squad by 20 points, but lost a heartbreaker to the Mustangs. It was Royal’s lone BRIT title, and Bedford hasn’t been in the final jerseys


Shooting, scoring, defence Martin Riley did it all for Winnipeg Sisler. Scarlett crashed the party. In 1976, the first team from British Columbia appeared; 1978 ushered in Quebec and Ontario squads. In 1983, Nova Scotia was represented. And in 1988, BRIT went international when the New York Gauchos stormed the Bridge City. Then, nearly two decades later, just when it seemed like BRIT would have a hard time topping itself . . . Donohoe made sure the Aussies were given the best of everything: they went skiing in Whistler; they went to a Canucks hockey game; and, rather than enter the Lions in the Carson Graham tourney, Donohoe insisted that both squads compete in BRIT. Even though the Aussies travelled 13,600 kilometres to go 0 3, that didn’t matter. Pius went on. Finally, after two Vancouver players had already been ejected and with no signs of things getting better, referee Butch Steponchev had enough. He blew his whistle and called the game off, awarding it to St. Pius. Two hours later, after an emergency meeting by tournament officials, Notre Dame was kicked out of the tournament. That hadn’t happened before, hasn’t happened since.


Looking at him, you’d swear Chris Jonsson was a water boy for the Ottawa Bell Bruins. He couldn’t single handedly take over a game, could he? You betcha. The pint sized point guard got it done, earning an all star award after guiding the Bruins to a title. No one could stop him from scoring, but he preferred setting up teammates in spectacular fashion. “Magic Jonsson” came the call from the crowd.


Winnipeg Kelvin Clippers dominated in their first appearance at BRIT in 1987. “Dunkless, funkless and all together punkless,” read Bob Florence’s SP coverage. had the capacity crowd captivated. With two minutes left in overtime, it was one possession difference. Then, in the blink of an eye, the game became an afterthought. The Harlem Globetrotters, in town on tour, had popped by Bedford’s gym to check things out.


Cheerleaders hug the baselines during games and have their own showcase event on Saturday. For three days, the pom poms fly.


At a lot of schools, the week following Christmas break is dullsville. Not at Bedford. The atmosphere in the days leading up to BRIT is electric.