Throughout November, the Komets subjected their wives and girlfriends to mustaches as they took part in Movember to raise money and awareness of men's health issues. Not all the mustaches looked that good, but the money looks fantastic.
``I think we're right under $1,700 but a couple of guys say they have some more money coming in,'' said injured forward and organizer Chris Auger. ``We did way better than I expected. I'm very thankful for all the help we got. We had a great turnout from our fans, and we were very fortunate this way.''
Last year's initial try raised $600.
A great listen
Komets broadcaster Bob Chase and NBC's Mike Emrick talked about recently calling a Fort Wayne game on New York's "Sportstalkny," on 540-AM, with host Mark Rosenman. There's a link to the podcast of the 35-minute conversation on www.tailingthekomets.com.
Rosenman said his next goal is to get Chase and Emrick calling an NHL game together. Wouldn't that be something?
Strange but true
The Komets are 5-2 when they are outshot on the road, but they are 2-5 when they are outshot at home. They are also 0-1-1 when outshooting a team on the road compared with 2-0 at home when they outshoot opponents.
Here's a stat that's so telling it's almost obscene and had to be checked twice for accuracy. Through the Komets' 18 games this year, they have had 65 power-play chances while their opponents have had 102. In other words, the opponents have had two more power-play chances per game.
The Komets have had only two games where they have had more power-play chances than their foes, and those were both by a margin of one.
Maybe that makes some sense out of the next odd statistics. The Komets have been outshot in the third period 217-148 so far, being out-scored 23-19. They are probably exhausted from killing all the penalties.
A close race
The season is little more than one-quarter of the way completed, but it's already obvious the North Division standings won't be decided until the final weekend of the season. That's partly because the teams are beating each other up.
Cincinnati leads the way with a 5-3-1 record against division foes, but the Cyclones have played the fewest of those games. Evansville is 5-6-1, Kalamazoo is 7-7-1, Toledo is 8-6-0 and the Komets are 7-6-1.
Grade A attendance
After nine dates, the Komets are averaging 8,002 fans per game, which leads the ECHL. That's especially strong considering the fall is usually their weakest time of the schedule for drawing fans.
That average ranks second in all of minor league hockey behind Hershey of the AHL, which is averaging 8,890 fans per game.
The ECHL says its attendance is up 11 percent over last year at this time. Fort Wayne and Evansville may take some credit for that, but the NHL lockout also has to play some part.
Komets Kare Package is coming
The sixth annual Komets Kare Package campaign to gather donations for United States service members posted overseas will be held Dec. 16, 19 and 22. All items will be donated to Hoosiers Helping Heroes, which sends monthly care packages to Indiana troops. Families can sign up their sons and daughters to receive care packages at hoosiershelpingheroes.org. There is also a new Facebook page for Komets Kare Package.
Icing the puck
Former Komets goaltender Marc Magiliarditi has been selected for the ECHL Hall of Fame. ... Another former Komets goaltender, Gerry Festa, is doing very well playing for Fort Wayne's Brian Gratz with Bloomington of the Central Hockey League. The Blaze are in third place. ... Gary Graham's Pensacola team in the Southern Professional Hockey League is off to an 8-4-2 start and tied for second place. The IceFlyers are 1-3-2 at home but 7-1-0 on the road. ... Friday's game will be Fort Wayne's first visit to Orlando since March 7, 1998, when the Komets scored a 5-3 IHL win. ... Gwinnett's 27 third-period shots Nov. 28 were the most against the Komets in a period since Kalamazoo registered 27 shots in the third period of a 4-3 Komet shootout win Jan. 28, 2006. ... The Komets' 86 penalty minutes last Friday was the most by a Fort Wayne team since they were called for 90 on Feb. 23, 2007, versus Port Huron in a 2-0 home loss.