Lindsay Burke | February 4, 2024
There was much excitement surrounding the Fort Wayne Komets this weekend as fans anticipated the debut of Daniel Amesbury as they hosted longtime division rival Kalamazoo Wings Sunday.
Co-host of the Talkin Trash podcast, and formerly of the controversial Danbury Trashers, Amesbury puts the toughness on the ice whenever he suits up.
Less than five minutes into the first period, he was in his first ECHL fight.
Just before the intermission, Amesbury gave the crowd an enthusiastic “nobody is messin with Komets” to get his teammates fired up. This certainly kept the energy and anticipation building in the Coliseum.
“That’s my kind of game. That’s the kind of hockey I bring, the energy I bring,” Amesbury said following the game.
The Komets trailed the K-Wings early after a scoreless first period.
Jack Dugan tied it up early in the second period and Jake Chiasson tied it late after the Komets were trailing 2-1.
But the excitement decimated as the game went along and the Komets found themselves in a 4-2 hole into the third period.
Kalamazoo capitalized late on a power play shortly after. The scoring certainly took place during the second period of this matchup.
The K-Wings ended up holding on to the lead and defeated the Komets 4-2. This is the first time they have defeated them this season in five head to head matchups.
It was clear that head coach Jesse Kallechy was thrilled with Amesbury’s arrival. “He came in and did his job,” he said.
Despite the loss, the Komets have a lot of momentum and talent to build on.
The season is halfway over and the push to the postseason is in full swing. The team is certainly in an ‘all hands on deck’ mode. Bringing in Amesbury proves that.
The Komets return to action Wednesday as they head back on the road for a few games.
For information on upcoming games and events, visit komets.com