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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 9:30 pm

Komets moves: Weis in; Fucale to Wolves

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves have assigned forward Matthew Weis to the Komets. And they have called up goaltender Zach Fucale from Fort Wayne.

Weis, a 23-year-old rookie, has a goal and three points in 29 games this season. He was in training camp with the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights.

Weis completed his junior career in 2013-14 in the United States Hockey League with Green Bay, totaling 23 goals and 57 points in 52 games. Weis also claimed a 2014 World Junior A Challenge Gold Medal.

He finished a four-year college career last season at Ohio State with 12 goals and 37 points in 37 games.

Fucale, a prospect of the Golden Knights, is the ECHL’s reigning Goaltender of the Week.

Earlier in the day, the Komets’ Joe Franke was named equipment manager for the ECHL All-Star Classic. He will accompany player Justin Hodgman at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, for the game Jan. 21.

Franke began his career with the Komets in 1978. He served with the Komets until joining Indianapolis of the Central Hockey League in 1983.

He then logged four years with Muskegon of the International Hockey League, where he where he was part of a 1989 Turner Cup championship team before moving to the NHL with Pittsburgh in 1989 where he earned a Stanley Cup ring as a member of the 1990-91 champion Penguins.

Franke returned to Fort Wayne in 1991 and worked the Komets locker room for an additional 15 years through the 2005-06 season, collecting two league championships. From 2008 to 2010 Franke was a member of the New York Islanders organization before returning again to Fort Wayne in 2011. Franke claimed another championship in 2012 with Fort Wayne for a total of five league crowns.