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  • Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette The Komets' Gabriel Desjardins attempts a pass against Indy defender Anthony Cortese at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday.

Friday, October 13, 2017 1:00 am

Must-see games litter this season's schedule

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The schedule for the Komets' 66th season is packed with games we already know will be worth seeing.

Here are the ones you should go to at Memorial Coliseum or if you're willing to take a short drive.

Saturday vs. Toledo

Not only will this be your first look at the 2017-18 Komets, it will be a litmus test against the rival Walleye. And former Komets goalie Pat Nagle may be in net for Toledo, which ousted Fort Wayne from the playoffs.

Nov. 5 at Kalamazoo

Sadly, the Komets and Wings play only six times. This will be the Komets' first road game and, really, Wings Stadium is a Fort Wayne fan's home away from home.

Nov. 23 vs. Toledo

The annual Thanksgiving Night game is a Fort Wayne tradition, if you can fight off the tryptophan from your turkey dinner and stay alert.

Dec. 10 vs. Orlando

They don't play often but the Komets vs. Solar Bears are always exciting games and Orlando has Mike Vaskivuo, a former Fort Wayne star.

Dec. 13 at Cincinnati

Goaltender Michael Houser takes on the Cyclones, whom he played for last season.

Dec. 31 vs. Toledo

New Year's Eve usually means a packed house and an exciting game. Fights are often on the docket.

Jan. 20 vs. Allen

See Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma take on his former team, which is almost always a power, and hope they don't take a run at Fort Wayne's goaltender in the first of two games on back-to-back nights.

Feb. 2 vs. Rapid City

These teams loathed one another in the Central Hockey League and the fans remember, even if the Rush and Komets don't play very often.

Feb. 23 vs. Greenville

Fort Wayne native Brian Gratz, who had a cup of coffee with the Komets, coaches the Swamp Rabbits in the first of back-to-back games.

April 6 at Toledo

The final road game of the regular season and the Komets' last chance to set the tone for what will likely be a playoff matchup.

jcohn@jg.net