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MacMillan could face another suspension

Determination from league won't come until Tuesday

Komets tough guy Brad MacMillan is under the disciplinary microscope of the IHL again.

Since serving a 15-game suspension for leaving the penalty box to fight and tossing aside a linesman, MacMillan has been back in the Komets' lineup for only three games.

Now another incident of MacMillan's is being reviewed, with a possible suspension announcement coming Tuesday.

In the third period of Sunday's 6-5 loss at Bloomington, Ill., MacMillan got into a fight with defenseman Matthew Spiller in front of the PrairieThunder's net. After several punches had been thrown, MacMillan, whose helmet got knocked off early in the fight, ripped off Spiller's helmet and hit him with it one time.

Referee Dan Rankin assessed MacMillan a match penalty for an attempt to injure, for which he cannot play until the league reviews the situation.

"Brad had his helmet off and tried to take the other guy's helmet off, but it stuck on his finger," Komets coach Al Sims said. "He threw a punch and hit the guy in the upper shoulder (or back) area. … It fell off his hand after that. But the fact that he accidentally struck the player with his helmet was the reason for the match penalty."

The IHL's vice president of hockey operations, Brad Jones, who will decide whether any discipline is warranted, declined to comment on the incident Monday. Jones also wouldn't say whether his determination will be based on if MacMillan's use of the helmet was intentional or accidental.

"Brad saw it pretty much the same way everybody else did with it," Sims said. "But accidental or not, if you hit a guy with a piece of the equipment, it warrants a suspension. How long it'll be, we don't know yet."

MacMillan couldn't be reached for comment.

Komets goaltender Tim Haun was suspended seven games by Jones for an attempt to injure match penalty Dec. 12, when he swung his stick baseball-style at Port Huron's Derek Patrosso.

The third-place Komets (14-9-1) play at Muskegon, Mich., on Saturday night.

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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