Here's an example of why the Komets' players are enjoying coach Al Sims.
He spent some time the past couple of weeks phoning teams in the higher-level American Hockey League to let them know how his players are doing, to suggest they take a look at some of them.
"I wanted to get their names out," Sims said.
On Tuesday it paid off as the Worcester Sharks of the AHL called up center Mathieu Curadeau, who has 19 goals and 29 points in 40 games with the Komets. Curadeau is a rookie, who is capable at both ends of the ice.
"It's a good opportunity for Mathieu," said Sims, who drove Curadeau to the airport to wish him well.
Curadeau will be in the lineup Wednesday against the Manchester Monarchs, after which Worcester will make a determination on whether it will keep him.
The Komets' next game is Friday at Flint, Mich.
-- By Justin A. Cohn, The Journal Gazette