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I interrupt your Favre bashing to bring you this important news from the world of hockey: Tim Haun is probably going to be in net Tuesday night for the Komets at Port Huron, Mich.

This is relevant not only because the Komets have won 8 of 10 games and because Port Huron's Larry Sterling has called Haun, who leads the IHL in goals-against average and save percentage, pretty much a scrub, but mostly because it'll be the first meeting between Fort Wayne and Port Huron since Haun took a swing at Derek Patrosso and got a seven-game suspension for it.

Could be an interesting night.

Also, according to Komets general manager David Franke, forward Mitch Woods will make his much-anticipated return to the Fort Wayne lineup on Friday against the visiting Quad City Mallards. That means that, barring something catastrophic (like a major injury) on Tuesday, the Komets will have to release someone to make room for Woods in the lineup.

Finally, the Komets will play without defenseman Keith Rodger this week as he recovers from an eye injury suffered when a stick hit him in practice last week. The Komets are going to make sure there isn't damage to an orbital bone, Franke said, through medical testing this week.

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