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  • Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma celebrates a goal against Toledo, which Fort Wayne will face in the season opener in October.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 8:30 pm

Analyzing Komets' schedule

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Komets will open next season with six consecutive home games, beginning with the Oct. 14 game at Memorial Coliseum against the rival Toledo Walleye.

And the home-heavy early schedule could bode well for Fort Wayne in its 66th season, at least if history is any indication and if they take care of business at home.

Only four times before have the Komets not gone on the road until November – in 1958-59, when they reached the playoff finals; in 1962-63, when they won their first championship; in 1963-64, when they reached the finals; and in 2011-12, when they won their last championship.

The Komets, who lost to Toledo in the Central Division finals this season, had the best home record in the ECHL. Next season, 31 of their 36 home games will be on weekends or holidays and they won’t play on the road until Nov. 5 against the Kalamazoo Wings.

The Komets’ most frequent opponents are the Indy Fuel, Cincinnati Cyclones and Quad City Mallards with nine meetings apiece. The will face the Walleye eight times, including the traditional Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve games at the Coliseum, and a 10:30 a.m. game in Toledo on Dec. 6.

While the Komets won’t face the new Jacksonville IceMen, who had formerly played in Evansville, they will have one meeting with the new Worcester Railers on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, in Massachusetts. The Adirondack Thunder's debut at the Coliseum will be Nov. 3.

They will have six games with the Kansas City Mavericks, formerly known as the Missouri Mavericks, but they will not face the Idaho Steelheads – a team they have yet to face. They also will not play the Manchester Monarchs, Atlanta Gladiators, Florida Everblades, Norfolk Admirals or South Carolina Stingrays.

While the 27-team conference and divisional alignments have yet to be announced, some heated games could take place for Fort Wayne with the Wheeling Nailers (six meetings), Wichita Thunder (four), Allen Americans (two), Utah Grizzlies (two), Rapid City Rush (one), Colorado Eagles (one) and Colin Chaulk-coached Brampton Beast (one).

The busiest month of the season for the Komets will be March with 15 games. They have eight games at the Coliseum in February.

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

Here's a copy of the Komets' schedule, adjusted for local time, that you may find easier to read than what we posted earlier:

Komets schedule 2017-18

All Fort Wayne times

Oct. 14 Toledo 7:30 pm

Oct. 20 Kansas City 8:00 pm

Oct. 21 Kansas City 7:30 pm

Oct. 27 Cincinnati 8:00 pm

Nov. 3 Adirondack 8:00 pm

Nov. 4 Quad City 7:30 pm

Nov. 5 at Kalamazoo 3:00 pm

Nov. 8 at Colorado 9:05 pm

Nov. 10 at Utah 9:05 pm

Nov. 11 at Utah 9:05 pm

Nov. 16 at Toledo 10:35 am

Nov. 17 Kansas City 8:00 pm

Nov. 19 Tulsa 7:30 pm

Nov. 23 Toledo 7:30 pm

Nov. 24 at Indy 7:35 pm

Nov. 25 Cincinnati 7:30 pm

Dec. 1 Toledo 8:00 pm

Dec. 3 at Wheeling 3:05 pm

Dec. 6 at Toledo 10:35 am

Dec. 9 Quad City 7:30 pm

Dec. 10 Orlando 5:00 pm

Dec. 13 at Cincinnati 7:35 pm

Dec. 15 Indy 8:00 pm

Dec. 16 at Indy 7:35 pm

Dec. 20 at Quad City 7:35 pm

Dec. 23 Quad City 7:30 pm

Dec. 27 at Cincinnati 7:35 pm

Dec. 29 Wheeling 7:30 pm

Dec. 30 at Quad City 8:05 pm

Dec. 31 Toledo 7:30 pm

Jan. 3 Kalamazoo 7:30 pm

Jan. 5 at Indy 7:35 pm

Jan. 6 Indy 7:30 pm

Jan. 7 at Wheeling 3:05 pm

Jan. 12 at Toledo 7:15 pm

Jan. 13 at Brampton 7:15 pm

Jan. 19 at Cincinnati 7:35 pm

Jan. 20 Allen 7:30 pm

Jan. 21 Allen 5:00 pm

Jan. 23 at Indy 7:05 pm

Jan. 26 at Kalamazoo 7:00 pm

Jan. 27 at Cincinnati 7:35 pm

Feb. 2 Rapid City 8:00 pm

Feb. 3 at Wheeling 7:05 pm

Feb. 7 Wichita 7:30 pm

Feb. 9 Wichita 8:00 pm

Feb. 10 at Quad City 8:05 pm

Feb. 11 Quad City 5:00 pm

Feb. 14 Indy 7:30 pm

Feb. 16 at Wheeling 7:05 pm

Feb. 17 Quad City 7:30 pm

Feb. 23 Greenville 8:00 pm

Feb. 24 Greenville 7:30 pm

Feb. 27 at Wichita 8:05 pm

Mar. 2 at Kansas City 8:05 pm

Mar. 3 at Kansas City 8:05 pm

Mar. 4 at Quad City 5:05 pm

Mar. 9 at Kalamazoo 7:00 pm

Mar. 10 Cincinnati 7:30 pm

Mar. 11 Kalamazoo 5:00 pm

Mar. 14 at Reading 7:00 pm

Mar. 16 at Adirondack 7:00 pm

Mar. 17 at Worcester 7:05 pm

Mar. 21 Kalamazoo 7:30 pm

Mar. 23 at Indy 7:35 pm

Mar. 24 Wichita 7:30 pm

Mar. 28 Kansas City 7:30 pm

Mar. 30 at Cincinnati 7:35 pm

Mar. 31 at Indy 7:35 pm

Apr. 6 at Toledo 7:15 pm

Apr. 7 Wheeling 7:30 pm

Apr. 8 Cincinnati 5:00 pm