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vs. Toledo
When: 8 p.m. today vs. Evansville
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Radio: 1190 AM, 92.3 FM

‘T-Beau’ provides K’s offensive spark

– While New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow may be a topic of passionate debate in some circles, the Komets have their own T-Beau, and everyone seems to agree that he needs to be playing as much as possible because he’s been nothing short of excellent.

Forward Thomas Beauregard, 26, has four goals in five games for the Komets, who signed him as a free agent after he was cut by the San Francisco Bulls.

Before his arrival, the Komets averaged 2.16 goals per game. Since he came, the Komets have averaged 4.2, and they’ve done it with the lineup decimated by injuries. Chris Auger (knee), Matt Kennedy (leg) and Eric Giosa (ankle) are out of the lineup.

“You can’t say enough about what Beauregard has brought to our team,” said Komets coach Al Sims, whose 7-3-1 team plays host to Toledo (6-6-1) tonight and Evansville (3-9-1) on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.

“Suddenly, we’re getting four or five goals a game. He’s made a big difference.”

The Komets expected Beauregard to be a productive scorer. He played against them in the CHL’s finals last season, when he tallied a team-leading four goals and seven points in the Komets’ five-game victory over Wichita.

Plus, T-Beau is the younger brother of David-Alexandre Beauregard, who starred for the Komets from 2002 to 2004, scoring 69 goals and 116 points.

David-Alexandre Beauregard, 10 years older than Thomas, led the Komets to the UHL’s 2003 title.

“It was my first year in juniors back then. I was (17),” Thomas Beauregard said. “We lost during the playoffs, and I got the chance to come to the Colonial Cup finals against Quad City. I remember everything about it. And last year, when I played against the Komets, I had the memories of my brother playing for them, and I knew what the fans would be like and everything. I knew it would be a nice place to play.”

Beauregard has five goals and seven points in 10 ECHL games this season. Last season, he had 22 goals and 59 points in 60 games.

Notes: The annual Komets Coats-For-Kids holiday drive begins Saturday and continues Thanksgiving Night and Nov. 24. Fans are asked to bring gently used or new kids coats, sizes 6-14, plus new mittens, hats and scarves. … The Komets called up forward Mike Hoban from Dayton of the Federal Hockey League. He was in training camp with Fort Wayne and has eight goals and 14 points in nine games with the Demonz.