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Wednesday, July 12, 2017 5:20 pm

Komets sign Sol, Bartus

JOURNAL GAZETTE

The Komets announced Wednesday they have re-signed defenseman Cody Sol and goaltender Garrett Bartus.

Sol, 26, completed the 2016-17 campaign scoring career highs of seven goals and 24 points in 56 games while leading the Komets for his third straight year in penalty minutes with 162. Sol contributed a goal and four points appearing in all 10 playoff games.

"Cody Sol represents totally what it means to be a Komet," Fort Wayne general manager David Franke said in a team news release. "His passion, work ethic and physical game are in the true Komet way. Even his offensive side of the game has improved every season. This is an important signing for the Komets."

The Woodstock, Ontario, native was selected by Atlanta in round 5 of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and made his pro debut appearing in one AHL game with Chicago during the 2009-10 season.

The 6-foot, 5-inch, 242-pounder has 16 goals, 63 points and 575 penalty minutes since arriving in Fort Wayne in 2014-15 and has overall totaled 27 goals, 87 points and 805 penalty minutes in 283 ECHL career games.

Sol was honored with the Bud Gallmeier Memorial Trophy for Community Service in 2015-16. He capped last season with Fort Wayne's Defenseman of the Year award.

Bartus, 27, will be entering his fifth year as a pro.

"Last season Garrett stepped in and really gave us solid goaltending," Franke said in the team statement. "I'm hoping for more of the same this season."

The St. Charles, Illinois, native posted a record of 27-7-1, 2.68 goals-against average and .905 save percentage last season with Fort Wayne in 33 games and added four shutouts. Bartus capped the year earning Fort Wayne's Unsung Hero Award.

The addition of Sol and Bartus pushes the preseason roster to 11 players. Sol joins defensemen Jason Binkley, Curtis Leonard and Ryan Lowney. Forwards include Taylor Crunk, Mason Baptista, Gabriel Desjardins, Jamie Schaafsma, Dennis Kravchenko and Garrett Thompson and Bartus becomes the first goaltender in the early lineup.