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  • Addison Agen, performing on “The Voice,” will sing the national anthem before Sunday's Komets game. (NBC)

Friday, December 29, 2017 1:00 am

K's book Agen for anthem

'Voice' runner-up will sing before New Year's Eve game

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette


vs. Wheeling

When: 8 p.m. today

Where: Memorial Coliseum


at Quad City

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: TaxSlayer Center, Moline, Ill.


vs. Toledo

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Memorial Coliseum

Radio: 1190 AM, 107.5 FM

New Year's Eve is always one of the biggest nights of the season for fans of the Komets.

This season, the atmosphere should be particularly electric.

Addison Agen, the Concordia High School student who was the runner-up this month on “The Voice,” will sing the national anthem at Sunday's game at Memorial Coliseum.

Officials with the Komets and Agen's father, Morrison, confirmed the plans to The Journal Gazette on Thursday.

“Obviously we're excited about having Addison join us to sing,” said Scott Sproat, the Komets' executive vice president and co-owner. “She brought tremendous attention to the city of Fort Wayne. We are excited to give her a platform to sing here. She mentioned she really wants to thank the city of Fort Wayne, that she got as much hometown support as – maybe more than – any other contestant on 'The Voice' and this is an opportunity to thank the people of Fort Wayne for that.

“This is an awesome synergy of all those things coming together.”

The Komets, who play host to the Wheeling Nailers at 8 p.m. today, will take on the rival Toledo Walleye at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Coliseum.

A crowd of at least 9,500 is expected for New Year's Eve.

“We may grab some folks who would never think of the Komets on New Year's Eve,” Sproat said, “and if that happens, that's fantastic. But the biggest thing is we're part of the city, she's done wonders for the city and if she can use this platform to say thanks and be part of the festivities, then that's wonderful.”

Traditionally, Tom Didier sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” on New Year's Eve. He will remain involved, Sproat said, by singing the Canadian anthem.

Tickets for the Komets' home games are available at the Coliseum or through Ticketmaster.

Agen will also perform at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Embassy Theatre.

That “Welcome Home Addison Agen” concert is sold out and will feature music from her 2016 album “New Places.” A second Welcome Home concert has been set at the Embassy for 8 p.m. Jan. 21. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Embassy box office, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets are $10 and $25.

Meanwhile, those attending the Komets' New Year's Eve game will see two of the ECHL's hottest teams. The Komets have won 12 of their last 15 games, though they are coming off a 5-3 loss to Cincinnati on Wednesday.

The Komets (17-8-2) are 1-0-0 this season against Wheeling (16-11-2). On Saturday, the Komets play in Moline, Illinois, against the Quad City Mallards (8-17-2), who have lost eight straight games.

While division-leading Toledo (18-8-3) has caused Fort Wayne fits in recent years, including ousting the Komets from the second round of the playoffs last season, the Komets have a 4-1-0 record in the season series.

The Komets have a number of players on hot streaks, namely Shawn Szydlowski, Garrett Thompson and Logan Nelson.

Szydlowski, who sat out Wednesday with an illness, has a point in 16 of his last 18 games, totaling 13 goals and 27 points in that span. Thompson has eight goals and 17 points in his last 11 games. And Nelson is on an eight-game point-scoring streak, during which he has three goals and nine points.

Note: After one game back in the Komets' lineup, Marco Roy is back to the higher-level American Hockey League, this time with the Utica Comets. Roy has six goals and 17 points in 14 games with the Komets, and was scoreless in seven games with San Jose of the AHL.