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Sims waived, giving Haun the job

K's release 2 others, too

Goaltender Tim Haun's performance during training camp was too much to ignore, so much so that the Fort Wayne Komets have released rookie Tyler Sims, the son of coach Al Sims.

Haun stopped all 28 shots he faced in two exhibition games, winning one of them, and he has secured the No. 2 goaltender spot behind incumbent Nick Boucher, who led the Komets to the last two Turner Cup Championships.

Sims also played in two games, also got credit for winning one, but he gave up five goals on 39 shots.

Al Sims couldn't be reached for comment.

Haun spent time with the Komets last season, filling in for an injured Sebastien Laplante, and he went 4-2-2 with a 3.04 goals-against average. He was selected as the International Hockey League's Goaltender of the Month in December before being returned to Huntsville of the lower-level Southern Professional Hockey League.

The Komets also released defenseman Rich Zalewski and forward Toby Lafrance, trimming their roster down to 23 players as they prepare for Friday's regular-season opener at Dayton, Ohio.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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