There had been much hype surrounding the return of Brent Henley to the Fort Wayne lineup. He was on the ice at McMorran Arena on Friday -- the visiting Komets defeated the Port Huron Icehawks 4-3 -- but Henley won't be on Memorial Coliseum ice tonight.
Henley, who made his season debut after knee surgery, assisted on a goal and went plus-1. But according to coach Al Sims, Henley got tangled up with a player and suffered another injury.
Sims didn't know the severity of the injury but said it was not to Henley's knee, which is "solid," and Henley won't play against the Muskegon Fury tonight.
As for the game, the Komets had a 3-0 lead and almost coughed up the match, but David Hukalo's goal was the difference.
Henley didn't fight, but Mitch Woods and Olivier Legault did.
- Can you believe it's been five years since Joe Franke played his historic game? In case you missed it, here's today's column on that. It was good to talk to him. That night was one of the more fantastic of my career.
- Speaking of assists, I've rarely hard radio broadcaster Bob Chase as irate as he was over none being doled out on two of the Komets' goals; the scorers must have been distracted by all the commotion a crowd of 949 can create. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess the Icehawks won't make it past this season.
- Meanwhile, the Muskegon Fury got trounced 7-0 by Kalamazoo. This is either really good news or really bad news for the Komets, who play host to the Fury on Saturday. I guess we're going to find out what Bruce Ramsay is made of as a coach.
- Did you see this highlight? Bloomington should look into signing him. The Prairie Thunder did pick up Bobby Kukulka, who was waived by Fort Wayne on Thursday.
- I never would have pegged him as a coach, but former Komets sparkplug Rob Weingartner is coaching the Central Hockey League's Wichita Thunder.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette