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Fort Wayne's Reiter Earns Back-to-Back-to-Back Shutouts

Monday, Jan. 14th, 2008

ROCHESTER, MI - Komet’s goaltender Kevin Reiter earned three consecutive shutouts this past week after a tough 5-4 loss Wednesday to the Bloomington PrairieThunder. Reiter’s streak began Friday night when he denied 15 shots by the Muskegon Fury and continued that trend into Saturday, closing the door on all 28 shots the Kalamazoo Wings fired at him. Continuing to dominate between the pipes on Sunday, Reiter then shut out Port Huron, turning away 23 shots taken by the Icehawks. Reiter currently ranks second in the IHL record book for most consecutive shutouts with former Houston Aeros goalie Frederic Chabot (1996-97) and former Muskegon Mohawks goaltender Dave Hainsworth, who had three consecutive shutouts twice during the 1972-73 season. The record is four straight, done back in the 1999-2000 season by former Kalamazoo Wing goaltender Marty Turco. Reiter becomes the first goaltender in Fort Wayne's 56-year history to collect three shutouts in three consecutive Fort Wayne games.

The American Hockey Leauge (AHL) continues to call-up players from the IHL. Currently, the IHL has four players in the AHL, Port Huron’s Neil Clark (Grand Rapids), Kalamazoo’s Joel Rechlicz (Albany) and Flint’s Brett Westgarth (Iowa) and Jordan Fox (Albany). Clark has been held scoreless in 13 games with the Griffins and has earned a total of 14 PIM’s. Rechlicz has also been held scoreless with the River Rats, playing a total of eight games and amassing 41 PIM’s. Westgarth continues to be a solid blue liner for the Stars, racking up a total of 23 PIM’s, with no points. Fox has been impressive with the River Rats, scoring one goal and one assist and having a plus/minus rating of plus-two in his three games played.

AROUND THE “I”

Bloomington PrairieThunder - (3-0-0-0) – Goalie Loic Lacasse posted the first shutout in franchise history (after 111 games) vs. Port Huron by stopping 33 shots. Over the season-high matching three-game win streak the PrairieThunder is currently on, Lacasse has stopped 113 of 121 shots for a .934 save percentage. He also has played a part in stopping 20 of 22 power play opportunities by the opponent. Newcomer Bobby Kukulka scored a goal in two of his first three games with team, including the last two. Defenseman Rod Aldoff had two assists, while Adam Edinger had an assist. All told, the newcomers had five points (2g, 3a) of the PrairieThunder's 13 goals. The PrairieThunder had a season-high six goals against Fort Wayne, one short of the franchise record set last season. The PrairieThunder had back-to-back games against Fort Wayne and Kalamazoo where the team scored four goals in the third period. The PrairieThunder averaged only 18 minutes of penalties (24 for 54 minutes) over its last three games.

Flint Generals - (2-0-1-1) – The Flint Generals tallied two shorthanded goals this weekend and has not scored a shorthanded marker since Thanksgiving weekend. The Flint Generals were able to win just their second game when trailing after 40 minutes this season when they beat the Port Huron Icehawks 4-3. The only other such win for the Generals took place when they rallied from 5-1 down to beat Muskegon 7-6 in overtime. Eric Marvin has played in 17 of the 19 games for the Generals and ranks in three goaltending categories in the IHL, 3rd in wins, 2nd in minutes played and 3rd in saves this season. The Generals started rookie Matt Spezza earned his first professional victory Saturday in Muskegon. After being held scoreless in his first game in over a year, forward Darren McCarty has scored a total of four points (2g, 2a) and has a plus/minus rating of plus-two in his last three games.

Fort Wayne Komets - (3-1-0-0) – Reiter has jumped ahead of IHL goaltenders with 15 wins, 2.44 GAA and .908 save percentage. In four games played for the week, Reiter was 3-1-0-0 allowing five goals on 95 shots for a 1.29 GAA and .947 save percentage for the week. Komet streaks: Komets have three straight wins and an eight-game home winning streak. Komets are riding a consecutive shutout minute streak of 187:21 (the Fort Wayne record is 199:27, set in 05-06 12/30/05-1/8/06). Konstantin Shafranov (LW) has six-game point and goal-scoring streak (8g, 1a). Terry Marchant (C) has six-game point streak (2g, 7a). Brandon Warner (D) has three-game point streak (3a). Who needs rest: The Komets have just completed a stretch of 12 games in 18 nights (Dec. 27 to Jan. 13) and were 9-3-0-0 in that period, finishing the stretch with three straight shutouts on consecutive nights. Shooting Komets: the Komets out-shot their opponents for the week 143-96. The Komets have allowed a league-low 27.4 shots per game average. Fort Wayne has also allowed an IHL low goals-against average of 2.57.

Kalamazoo Wings – (0-2-1-0) – Kory Karlander and Nick Bootland snapped their IHL season 13 game point streak on Saturday. Karlander also snapped his IHL season high 12-game assist streak. Nick Bootland scored his 200th career goal on 01/11 versus Bloomington. Glenn Detulleo is one assist shy of 200 for his career. Justin Cross is two games shy of 100 for his career. Kalamazoo is on a five-game winless streak (0-2-1-1). Dan Tessier has scored three goals in his last three games. Kalamazoo will begin a three-game, two city road trip this Friday in Port Huron. With 42 goals, Kalamazoo's best scoring period is the third. Kalamazoo is 4-0-0-1 on the road when they lead after the first period.

Muskegon Fury - (2-2-0-0) – The Muskegon Fury began and ended the week in thrilling fashion, going 2-2-0-0 against the top two teams in the league this week. Muskegon continued it’s dominance in the penalty kill this weekend, allowing just 3 power play goals in 24 opportunities against this week. The Fury leads the International Hockey League in the penalty kill at 84.5%. With his assist Sunday, Mike Watt registered his 350th career point as a professional. Watt recorded the point on a short-handed assist of a Mark Cadotte goal on Sunday at Flint. Fury right wing Robin Bouchard has played in 899 games as a professional. Fury defenseman Jay Hardwick has played in 199 games as a professional. Mike Watt has 199 assists in his career. Goalie Clayton Pool stopped a league high 53 shots during the Fury’s overtime win in Flint Sunday.

Port Huron Icehawks - (1-3-0-0) – The Icehawks opened the week with an overtime win at Kalamazoo but then posted three straight road losses, which included shutouts at Bloomington on Saturday and Fort Wayne on Sunday. They have now been shutout three times this season and twice by Fort Wayne goalie Kevin Reiter. The Icehawks lead the league for victories in extended games this season. With a 4-3 overtime win at Kalamazoo on Wednesday they are now 4-0 in overtime games. They are also 2-1 in shootout action this season. Rookie defenseman Derek Merlini notched his first professional goal on Friday versus Flint. The former junior league player now has two points in eight games this season. He was signed on December 31. The Icehawks still have the most road wins in the league with 13. With two goals and two assists last week, left wing Tab Lardner continues to lead the league for goals with 24 and is also ranked second for scoring with 46 points (24g, 22a). The Icehawks continue to lead the league for third period goals (49) and total shots on goal (1,152).



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