Newest Member Amesbury, Komets Come up Short at Home

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

PFW Men’s Basketball Fall Against Milwaukee 

The Mastodons lose a close game against the Milwaukee Panthers Sunday Feb. 25. The final score was 96-88. The game consisted of 10 ties and 14 lead changes.  

The first half of the game was very back and forth, and the score after 20 minutes was 40-39 the Panthers leading by one point.  

The Mastodons started the second half with an 8-0 run, and they gained a 10-point lead with 15:38 left in the game.  

The Panthers went on their own run and tied the game up 74-74 with 8:22 left in the game. Milwaukee held the lead for the remaining seven minutes after their guard Dominic Ham hit a three-pointer.  

The Mastodons leading scorer was Rasheed Bello who finished with 21 points shooting seven for 13 from the field. Quinton Morton-Robertson finished with 18 points and Jalen Jackson 16 points.  

PFW falls to 18-11 and Milwaukee improves to 15-14. The Mastodons next game is Wednesday Feb. 28 at seven p.m. against Wright State. The game can be watched at Nutter Center and on ESPN+.  

PFW Men’s Basketball Team Wins Against the Green Bay Phoenix

On Friday, Feb. 23, the Mastodons beat the Green Bay Phoenix. The final score was 85-59.  

They were led by guard Anthony Roberts who finished with 31 points, his highest as a Mastodon. He shot 11-17 five of those being three-pointers.  

The Mastodons started off hot, leading by 10 points with just five minutes of play. They held Green Bay to just 23 points at the half after one of their baskets was reviewed and overturned during half-time.

PFW shot 50.8% from the field and held Green Bay to 35% from the field. They also had the Mastodons score 10+ points including guard Jalen Jackson who finished with 17 points with eight for 15 from the field and guard Rasheed Bello with 16 points shooting six for nine from the field.  

The Mastodons improve to 18-10 and the Phoenix fall to 17-11. PFW resume play on Sunday, Feb. 25, with a rematch against the Milwaukee Panthers at three p.m. at UWM Panther Arena. The game is also available to watch on ESPN+.  

PFW Men’s Basketball Team Win Against Detroit Mercy

By Janiah Moore

PFW basketball team beat Detroit Mercy on Saturday Feb. 17. The final score was 83-69.

The Mastodons were led by guard Quinton Morton-Robertson with 24 points. He shot eight for 11 from the field, making five three-pointers. For the year, Morton-Robertson has made 80 three-pointers, making him number seven in program history.

The Mastodons held the lead for the entire first half, by 10 points after 20 minutes of play.

With 10:36 left in the game, the Detroit Mercy cut the lead to four points, but the Mastodons went on a 7-0 run only allowing Detroit to be within nine points for the remainder of the game.  

Four Mastodons scored double digits, including Jalen Jackson with 18 points and six assists, Rasheed Bello with 15 points and six rebounds, and Anthony Roberts with 13 points and six rebounds.  

The Mastodons improve to 17-10 and Detroit Mercy falls to 1-27. PFW face Green Bay Phoenix on Friday Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Kress Events Center. The game is also available to watch on ESPN+. 

PFW Men’s Basketball Loses Against Oakland University

The Mastodons lost a close battle against the Golden Grizzlies last night. The final score was 71-63.  

The Mastodons were led by guard Rasheed Bello, who ended the night with 15 points shooting 7-10 from the field.  

PFW was down 10 points at half-time, and guard Anthony Roberts closed the half with a three-point buzzer beater. He finished with seven points and five rebounds.

In the second half, the Golden Grizzlies extended their lead to 13 points. The Mastodons then went on a 21-2 over seven minutes, allowing the Golden Grizzlies only four shot attempts.  

After the run, the Mastodons were up by four, but Oakland gained the lead back 62-60 with a minute left in the game. Their guard Jack Gohlke hit a 3-point dagger with 38 seconds left, making the score 65-60.  

PFW falls to 16-10 and Oakland University improves to 17-10. The Mastodons are back in action Saturday Feb. 17 against the Detroit Mercy at 1 p.m. The game can be watched at Calihan Hall in Detroit, Michigan, or on ESPN+.

Men’s Basketball Team Beats IUPUI

By Janiah Moore

Purdue Fort Wayne’s basketball team won Saturday, Feb. 10. The final score was 92-65.

The Mastodons were led by Jalen Jackson, who ended the night with a career-high 24 points, shooting 10-14 from the field and four rebounds.

The game started off close until the Mastodons ended the half on a 25-8 run. Quinton Morris-Robertson hit a three-pointer to end the half. He finished with 14 points, 12 of which came from three-pointers and eight assists.

Anthony Roberts contributed to this run with six points, ending with 13 points. The Mastodons led by 20 points at the half.

The Mastodons led for the remainder of the game. They finished shooting 60.3% and limited the Jaguars to 45.3%. PFW had four players who scored double digits, including Eric Mulder, who shot a perfect 7-7 from the field giving him 15 points.

The Mastodons improve to 16-9 and the Jaguars drop to 6-20. PFW hosts Oakland University at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum tomorrow, Feb. 14.

Men’s Basketball Team Falls Short Against Cleveland State Viking

By Janiah Moore

Purdue Fort Wayne lost a tough battle against Cleveland State on Wednesday Feb. 7. The final score was 75-72.

Guard Rasheed Bello lead the Mastodons in scoring with 22 points, with 8-14 shooting from the field, and Jalen Jackson scored 21 points, with 8-12 shooting from the field and 7 rebounds. Quinton Morton-Robertson shot 3-5 from three, ending the night with nine points.

The Mastodons led most of the first half of the game and led by seven points at halftime.

With 10:52 left in the game, the Mastodons gained a nine-point lead matching their largest of the night.

After a timeout, the Vikings got back into the game trading the lead with PFW. With 4:17 left, the game was tied 66-66.

After the Vikings Drew Lowder’s free throws, Cleveland State led by four points, but it was cut to one after Morton-Robertson’s made three-pointer with five seconds left in the game.

Cleveland State made another pair of free throws, making the lead three points over the Mastodons.

Bello attempted to tie the game with a three-pointer, but was off denying overtime.

PFW falls to 15-7 and Cleveland State improves to 15-10. The Mastodons take on IUPUI (6-19) this Saturday Feb. 10 at noon at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The game can also be watched on ESPN+.

Purdue Fort Wayne Men’s Basketball Team Loses Against Milwaukee

By Janiah Moore

Purdue Fort Wayne’s men’s basketball team falls short to Milwaukee Thursday night Feb. 1. The final score was Mastodon’s 65 to the Panthers 68.

Mastodon’s guard Jalen Jackson lead scoring with 17 points shooting 6-16 from the field. Rasheed Bello had 13 points and 6 assists. Quinton Morton-Robertson hit three 3 pointers, giving him 12 points for the night.

After trailing by 11, the Mastodon’s cut the score to 38-32 at the half.

With a tip-in from Johnathan DeJurnett, the Mastodon’s took the lead back 55-54 with 9:11 left in the game. Jackson scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half.

The game went down to the wire with the Mastodon’s up by one with 1:08 left, but the Panthers Faizon Fields hit two free throws to give them the lead with 1.3 seconds left.

PFW falls to 14-8 and Milwaukee improves to 11-11. The Mastodon’s host Youngstown State Penguins on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. ET at the Gates Sports Center.

Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodon’s Host the Milwaukee Panthers

By Janiah Moore

Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodon’s host the Milwaukee Panthers tonight at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Tip-off is set at 7:00 pm ET and can also be watched on ESPN+.

The Mastodon’s (14-7) are coming into this game after losing four of their last five games. They snapped this losing streak as they defeated Northern Kentucky 63-58. Mastodon’s guard Jalen Jackson lead the way with 17 points with 7-10 shooting from the field.

The last time these two teams met was Feb. 23 last year. The Panthers (10-11) defeated the Mastodon’s 96-94 on their home court. The Mastodon’s are looking forward to this Horizon League rematch.

Some Foam Fun in the Sun!

Lindsay Burke

Fall 2023

Fort Wayne, Ind – Purdue University Fort Wayne student housing held their annual welcome back events this week, starting with the notorious “Foam at the Disco” party on Wednesday evening. 

The student housing organization has been impactful in welcoming the university’s students, near and far. This social gathering has provided students and staff with the opportunity to socialize and create yearlong relationships. 

Journalism student, Emily Coverstone spoke highly of the event. “It’s a great way for students of any academic level to get to know one another and create friendships,” she said. “Classes can be tough sometimes, so it’s a great way to take a break from classes and just have fun.”

Marc Wanzer, another attendee of this year’s party, said that it was a fun opportunity to participate in events he hasn’t attended before in his three years as a PFW student. 

“I loved just walking around and seeing everything that was going on and being offered,” Wanzer said. “The same goes for the other events. It could be a mini horse in front of Helmke or free subs and shirts out in the Science Mall.” 

Developing a positive experience for students, especially those incoming, is vital to their success. According to Megan Lester, events such as this are an opportunity to learn just how involved the PFW faculty wants to be with the students. 

“They offer so many events and activities throughout the year to keep us from becoming too stressed,” Lester said. “And they also want to make sure that not only is college a fantastic learning experience but also a fun experience.”