The IHL's vice-president of hockey operations, Brad Jones, isn't expected to rule on the suspension of Komets goaltender Tim Haun until Tuesday.
He received a match penalty for a baseball-style swing at Port Huron's Derek Patrosso in a 2-0 Icehawks victory.
What's my guess? Six games.
Unfortunately, I don't have video of the swing, but here's the fight between Haun and Icehawks goalie Larry Sterling, which followed.
I had a player ask me today for my take on what's wrong with the Komets. I told him the following things:
- First of all, it's amazing how high expectations are when everyone gets so down on a team that's 12-8-1. There's too much talent for the Komets not to be fine.
- Clearly, the veterans need to step up their scoring, though. There is a level of bad luck going on here, since the Komets lead the IHL in scoring and are regularly going over 30 shots a game. But someone has to start finishing. Colin Chaulk has two goals. P.C. Drouin has four. Who would have expected that? This is when you need your leaders to come though.
- I think the Komets lack a bit of an identity. What's their bread and butter? It's obviously the defense. But without any scoring, you need a little more than that. There has to be a forecheck, or a physical presence or terrific special teams, something that really stands out.
- The Komets need more energy. Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock will only take you so far. You need others hitting, setting the tone. The return of Brad MacMillan will help that.
What do you think?