Goaltender Nick Boucher is eligible to come off injured reserve from his hand injury this week. Good thing for the Komets, and not just because they have lost 4 of 5 games.
Because of actions toward the end of Saturday's 2-0 loss at Port Huron, Mich., goalie Tim Haun is ineligible to play, pending further review by the IHL's disciplinarian Brad Jones.
Haun, who has played well in Boucher's absence, racked up 22 minutes in penalties, including a major for attempting to injure Derek Patrosso with a baseball-style swing of the stick. Earlier in the period, Haun had received a roughing penalty for punching a player who was in the goal crease.
At the 19:29 mark, Patrosso crashed the net, for which he received an interference penalty, and that incited Haun's slash. The melee that followed included a fight between Haun and Port Huron goalie Larry Sterling.
The Komets' emergency backup goalie, Parris Duffus, brought on board Saturday morning, played the final 31 seconds of the game. Duffus, a local firefighter, was there because Tyler Sims was signed to be an emergency goalie by Elmira of the ECHL.
"We'll have to see what happens after Brad Jones looks at this. But he was at the game," Komets general manager David Franke said. "There was a lot of chirping going on between our players and their goalie, and their players and our goalie. They were barking at (Haun) until the end. We lost our composure."
The match penalty that Haun received from referee Ryan Hutchison comes with an automatic suspension, the length of which will be determined by Jones, the IHL's vice-president of hockey operations.
Haun is 9-7-1 with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. Boucher, who has backstopped the Komets to two Turner Cup championships, is 3-1-0 with a 2.49 GAA and a .927 save percentage.
The Komets (12-8-1) play host to the last-place Quad City Mallards (5-10-3) on Friday night.
Fort Wayne will have forward Brad MacMillan back in the lineup, after her served his 15-game suspension for leaving the penalty box to fight Muskegon's Jason Lawmaster, being overly physical with a linesman along the way. It's also possible that Konstantin Shafranov could be back from his concussion.
If the Komets are in need of a goaltender because Haun is suspended and/or Sims remains with Elmira, they will likely seek a replacement from Evansville of the lower-level All-American Hockey League, Franke said.