The Komets' 4-2 victory tonight was the last of the 2012-13 season, but the first of Colin Chaulk's head-coaching career.
In a manner of speaking.
Head coach Al Sims allowed his assistant, Chaulk, to run the show before and during the game, and he helped them snap a five-game losing streak.
"It was Colin's turn tonight," said Sims, who let former assistant coach Gary Graham do the same last season.
"He had the (pregame) meeting and it was all about how you want to be remembered as a player and what your legacy should be, and it was pretty good. We went around the room with a lot of players, and guys talked about it, and Colin will be a good head coach one day. He got his first win tonight. I was the assistant and it was fun for Colin to get that opportunity."
Chaulk wasn't in the lineup because of the nerve issues he continues to battle, fallout from the staph infection in his foot. He has trouble lifting his arm, muscle weakness and weight loss.
The Komets' longtime captain hopes to get healthy enough by July to make a determination about his playing future.
But he wants to coach someday, perhaps in Fort Wayne, where the Komets have missed the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
"I will be a head coach. It's going to happen someday. It's not a possibility. It's a certainty," said Chaulk, after Thomas Beauregard scored twice, and Matt Syroczynski and Jamie Milam also scored, in front of 9,919 fans at the Coliseum.
Sims' job will be evaluated now – as will all the players' – but general manager David Franke said the team will take weeks, not days, before making any decisions.
"It's time for everybody to react now, and we'll see what happens this summer," Chaulk said.
Here are the awards ...
MVP: Brandon Marino
Rookie of the Year: Matt Firman
Defenseman of the Year: Tyler Butler
Stonewall Defensive Forward: Jean-Michel Rizk
Most Improved Player: Ryan Hegarty
Unsung Hero: Brett Smith
Mr. Hustle: Brandon Marino
"True Komet": Brett Smith
Gallmeier Community Service: Charlie Effinger