I still think the chances of Tim Haun making the Fort Wayne Komets' roster aren't too good.
It's not that he doesn't have the game. He stopped all 19 shots he faced in a 4-2 exhibition victory over Dayton on Wednesday.
But why would coach Al Sims bring his son to town if he didn't think he'd be on the team? And because Tyler Sims qualifies as a rookie in the International Hockey League, his value is that much greater.
Unless, of course, the Komets carry three goalies. But I doubt they'll do that.
Tyler Sims played OK on Wednesday, stopping 13 of 15 shots. Haun played great.
With the game tied at 2 in the third period, Haun slid to his right to make a blind kick save on Mike Richard, whose Gems were on a power play. Less than a minute later, Haun was on his back, flailing to make an incredible save on Brent Hughes' wraparound attempt.
Soon, the Komets got a breakaway goal from forward Evgeny Saidachev, and then the insurance goal from defenseman T.J. Schneider.
Asked who really caught his eye in this game, Al Sims said: Schneider, who "is a big kid, a big load, and took the puck to the net twice and got rewarded" for it; Mike Uvovich, "who also took the puck to the net hard" in the game; Haun, who Sims said had looked off in the first two days of practice; and Vincent Zaore-Vanie.
I will add to that list: Matt Woodard, Jeff Wheeler and Vince Laise all made sound plays.
Laise, in particular, is someone I notice whenever he has the puck. To my surprise, Sims had some issues. He said Laise is flashy but sometimes overhandles the puck. "He took the last year off and I think it's a big change in this league, trying to get things going again," Sims said. "He needs a little bit more time to show us he can be more consistent."
Finally, the Komets must get their power play going. It was 0 for 8 in the game. Dayton was 0 for 3.