FORT WAYNE – The beginning of the Komets’ season hasn’t gone the way anyone had hoped, but it’s been anything but boring.
The Komets are 5-4-2 under new coach Gary Graham, and they’ve held a lead in 10 of their 11 games.
But they’ve won three in a row with the last two victories coming in overtime against the Toledo Walleye and the Greenville Road Warriors
You keep going through these games early in the season and, for me, I’m always a glass half full kind of guy where I think this will make us stronger as a team, Graham said.
You’ve got to huddle in the trenches and figure it out. I really like our positivity on the bench, but we’re all young, myself included, and we’re trying to become better each and every game.
The Komets, who are coming off a 4-3 win over Greenville at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, acquired forward Brett Lyon from Bakersfield for cash and waived John Dunbar, the popular forward who had one goal and three points in nine games this season, this week.
The Komets also made other moves over the last couple of weeks to try and improve: Kenton Miller and Phil Mangan were brought in to improve the middle of the ice and the faceoffs; William Lacasse, who was cut in training camp, was brought back to solidify the blue line; and the Buffalo Sabres assigning goaltender Andrey Makarov helped a lot, too.
The Komets play host to the defending-champion Reading Royals (8-4-0) tonight. The Komets lost both games against the Royals last season, and tonight is the first of three games in as many days this weekend.
Mickey Lang leads the Komets in scoring with eight goals and 15 points. Bobby Hughes has five points in the last three games. Reading has been paced by Stanislav Galiev – five goals and 13 points.
The reality is we’ve gotten six points in the last three games, Graham said. So it’s a slow, steady climb up the mountain. We keep taking baby steps. There are still things we need to work on, but we’re heading in the right direction.