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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:09 pm

Komets unveil 2017-18 schedule

66th home opener set to launch campaign Oct. 14; 31 weekend and holiday games slated

The following was released on Tues. May 16, 2017 by the Fort Wayne Komets:
Fort Wayne, IN-- The Komets announced their 2017-18 schedule Tuesday. Fort Wayne's 66th season, sixth in the ECHL, will open with the Komets hosting the Toledo Walleye on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:30pm. The Komets will close the campaign Sunday, April 8 with a 5pm faceoff against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Fort Wayne's 12th 72-game campaign is evenly divided at 36 games each at home and on the road.

31 of the Komets' 36 home dates land on weekends and holidays. "It's a great schedule for Komet fans, with weekend dates dominating our home schedule." Komet President Michael Franke said. "We will also see some new teams and overall a great variety of opponents for our 66th anniversary season."

New entries into the ECHL will be the Worcester Railers and Jacksonville Icemen. The Komets will not face the Icemen during the season but will battle the Railers for the first time ever with a trip to Massachusetts for St. Patrick's day March 17. Idaho will remain the only returning ECHL team the Komets have yet to meet.

Fort Wayne will host the traditional Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve games with the Walleye guesting on both dates. The Komets are home for 10 Friday games, 13 Saturday's, seven Sunday's and five Wednesday's with one Thursday for Thanksgiving.

The busiest month will be March with 15 games. The Komets are home during February the most with eight dates. Eight home weekend double-headers are scheduled. The Komets are on the road for the longest stretch of 14 days twice. The Komets will also be on the road for one 13-day tour and one 12-day tour.

The season begins with six consecutive home games before the Komets hit the road. The first road trip will be to Kalamazoo for a 3pm faceoff Sunday, Nov. 5. It's only the fifth time in Fort Wayne's 66-year history the Komets haven't had a road game slated in October. No October road games were played in 1958 when the Komets advanced to the IHL finals that year, 1962 when Fort Wayne won their first IHL Turner Cup, 1963 when the K's advanced to the IHL finals and 2011 when Fort Wayne captured the CHL Presidents' Cup.

27 teams make up the ECHL circuit. Conference and Division alignments will be announced at a later date. The Komets will face Cincinnati, Indy and Quad City the most at nine meetings each. The Komets will face the Walleye eight times and the Kansas City Mavericks (formerly the Missouri Mavericks) and Wheeling Nailers six times apiece. The Mallards will make the most appearances in Fort Wayne with five. The Cyclones, Walleye and Mavericks visit four times each. Adirondack will visit for the first meeting as an ECHL member on Friday, Nov. 3.

The Komets will make six trips to Indy while visiting Cincinnati on five occasions. The Komets will make four trips each to Toledo, Quad City and Wheeling while visiting arch rival Kalamazoo three times. Two double-header visits are planned; one for Kansas City and one for Utah.

Fort Wayne home start times remain the same with Friday faceoffs at 8pm. Monday thru Thursday and Saturday games start at 7:30pm. Sunday contests start at 5pm with the exception of New Year's Eve which will begin with a 7:30pm holiday faceoff.

Got tickets? Single game tickets go on sale soon. Season Tickets with Early Bird Pricing are on sale now at the Komet office at 1010 Memorial Way in Fort Wayne. For more information visit Komets.com or call 260-483-0011. 


FORT WAYNE KOMETS 2017-18 Schedule
Season Tickets on sale at (260) 483-0011
Single game tickets go on sale soon at the Coliseum Ticket Office and at TicketMaster.com
komets@komets.comwww.komets.com

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OCTOBER
14 SATURDAY VS TOLEDO 7:30PM ET
20 FRIDAY VS KANSAS CITY 8:00PM ET
21 SATURDAY VS KANSAS CITY 7:30PM ET
27 FRIDAY VS CINCINNATI 8:00PM ET

NOVEMBER
3 FRIDAY VS ADIRONDACK 8:00PM ET
4 SATURDAY VS QUAD CITY 7:30PM ET
17 FRIDAY VS KANSAS CITY 8:00PM ET
19 SUNDAY VS TULSA 5:00PM ET
23 THURSDAY VS TOLEDO 7:30PM ET
25 SATURDAY VS CINCINNATI 7:30PM ET

DECEMBER
1 FRIDAY VS TOLEDO 8:00PM ET
9 SATURDAY VS QUAD CITY 7:30PM ET
10 SUNDAY VS ORLANDO 5:00PM ET
15 FRIDAY VS INDY 8:00PM ET
23 SATURDAY VS QUAD CITY 7:30PM ET
29 FRIDAY VS WHEELING 8:00PM ET
31 SUNDAY VS TOLEDO 7:30PM ET

JANUARY
3 WEDNESDAY VS KALAMAZOO 7:30PM ET
6 SATURDAY VS INDY 7:30PM ET
20 SATURDAY VS ALLEN 7:30PM ET
21 SUNDAY VS ALLEN 5:00PM ET

FEBRUARY
2 FRIDAY VS RAPID CITY 8:00PM ET
7 WEDNESDAY VS WICHITA 7:30PM ET
9 FRIDAY VS WICHITA 8:00PM ET
11 SUNDAY VS QUAD CITY 5:00PM ET
14 WEDNESDAY VS INDY 7:30PM ET
17 SATURDAY VS QUAD CITY 7:30PM ET
23 FRIDAY VS GREENVILLE 8:00PM ET
24 SATURDAY VS GREENVILLE 7:30PM ET

MARCH
10 SATURDAY VS CINCINNATI 7:30PM ET
11 SUNDAY VS KALAMAZOO 5:00PM ET
21 WEDNESDAY VS KALAMAZOO 7:30PM ET
24 SATURDAY VS WICHITA 7:30PM ET
28 WEDNESDAY VS KANSAS CITY 7:30PM ET

APRIL
7 SATURDAY VS WHEELING 7:30PM ET
8 SUNDAY VS CINCINNATI 5:00PM ET

All times are subject to change. Daylight saving time ends first Sunday in November, and returns second Sunday in March. As of 5/16/17

Away

November (Local time) (FW time-ET)
5 Sunday @ Kalamazoo 3:00pm ET
8 Wednesday @ Colorado 7:05pm MT 9:05pm
10 Friday @ Utah 7:05pm MT 9:05pm
11 Saturday @ Utah 7:05pm MT 9:05pm
16 Thursday @ Toledo 10:35am ET
24 Friday @ Indy 7:35pm ET

December
3 Sunday @ Wheeling 3:05pm ET
6 Wednesday @ Toledo 10:35am ET
13 Wednesday @ Cincinnati 7:35pm ET
16 Saturday @ Indy 7:35pm ET
20 Wednesday @ Quad City 6:35pm CT 7:35pm
27 Wednesday @ Cincinnati 7:35pm ET
30 Saturday @ Quad City 7:05pm CT 8:05pm

January
5 Friday @ Indy 7:35pm ET
7 Sunday @ Wheeling 3:05pm ET
12 Friday @ Toledo 7:15pm ET
13 Saturday @ Brampton 7:15pm ET
19 Friday @ Cincinnati 7:35pm ET
23 Tuesday @ Indy 7:05pm ET
26 Friday @ Kalamazoo 7:00pm ET
27 Saturday @ Cincinnati 7:35pm ET

February
3 Saturday @ Wheeling 7:05pm ET
10 Saturday @ Quad City 7:05pm CT 8:05pm
16 Friday @ Wheeling 7:05pm ET
27 Tuesday @ Wichita 7:05pm CT 8:05pm

March
2 Friday @ Kansas City 7:05pm CT 8:05pm
3 Saturday @ Kansas City 7:05pm CT 8:05pm
4 Sunday @ Quad City 4:05pm CT 5:05pm
9 Friday @ Kalamazoo 7:00pm ET
14 Wednesday @ Reading 7:00pm ET
16 Friday @ Adirondack 7:00pm ET
17 Saturday @ Worcester 7:05pm ET
23 Friday @ Indy 7:35pm ET
30 Friday @ Cincinnati 7:35pm ET
31 Saturday @ Indy 7:35pm ET

April
6 Friday @ Toledo 7:15pm ET

--Conference and division alignments TBD--

 

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