A 13-3-4 run, and the impending arrival of tough guy Jon Mirasty, convinced the Komets they didn’t need any more tweaking before the passing of Monday afternoon’s Central Hockey League trade deadline.
“We were talking with a couple of teams,” general manager David Franke said, “but at the end of the day, nothing worked out and that’s fine. We’re fine.”
The Komets (18-18-5), who won the last three championships in the International Hockey League, occupied last place in the CHL until last week. They still have until next Monday to sign players coming back from Europe and can sign free agents until the end of the regular season.
The Komets are about to get a boost in scoring with the return of center Leo Thomas, who has missed the 15 games since Dec. 31 because of a sprained ankle. Thomas, who was the Komets’ leading scorer before the injury, has 11 goals and 20 points in 26 games, and could be in the lineup Wednesday against the Bloomington PrairieThunder at Memorial Coliseum.
That game also figures to be the debut of Mirasty, who is on loan from Syracuse of the American Hockey League. Mirasty, 28, has totaled 796 penalty minutes since the outset of the 2007 season with Syracuse, the top minor-league affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, and that’s made for an average of 4.19 minutes per game.
In that span, the left wing has tallied only one goal and seven points. Mirasty, 5-foot-10, 220 pounds, began this season with Syracuse – he had 74 penalty minutes in 16 games – then was sent down to Elmira of the ECHL for 18 games, in which he had one goal and 45 penalty minutes.
Defenseman Brandon Warner, who has missed 14 games because of a separated shoulder, could be back in the lineup Friday against the visiting Quad City Mallards. He has four goals and 13 points in 26 games, including two goals and six points in his last three appearances.
Meanwhile, the CHL has determined that three Wichita players – and no Komets – will be suspended for their actions toward the end of Saturday’s fight-filled 5-4 Komets victory at Memorial Coliseum, according to Bob Hoffman, the CHL’s director of operations.
Thunder goaltender Marty Magers, who left the bench to try and fight Fort Wayne goalie Nick Boucher, tossing a linesman to the ice along the way, has been suspended three games. Robin Richards, who attacked Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock before a subsequent faceoff, got two games, as did Jason Goulet, who continued to pound away on Dustin Molle as officials tried to break up the fracas.
Wichita’s A.J. Gale and Chris Greene were fined undisclosed amounts, as was Boucher, whose gesturing toward the Thunder after stopping a penalty shot with 2.3 seconds remaining set off some of the fisticuffs.
Both teams were also fined undisclosed amounts.
“It was mayhem out there and basically caused by Wichita,” Franke said.