The Komets’ roster for the upcoming season grew to 26 players with the additions of Darick Ste. Marie, Keegan Flaherty and Max Strang on Tuesday.
Ste. Marie, 23, is a forward who played in 27 games last season with Orlando and Evansville of the ECHL, totaling two goals and six points.
Flaherty, 23, is coming off a four-year career at Minnesota Duluth – he won the 2011 NCAA championship – scoring 10 goals and 29 points in 148 games as a forward. He was on the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s All-Academic team for three years.
Strang, a 23-year-old goaltender, is coming off five seasons with Mercyhurst College. He had a 2.59 goals-against average in 27 games last season. He also helped Sioux Falls to the United States Hockey League’s junior championship in 2007.
The Komets’ first home preseason game will be Oct. 12 at Memorial Coliseum against Wheeling. The regular season opens Oct. 19 at the Coliseum versus the Toledo Walleye.
Labonte returning from bike accident
Bobby Labonte, 49, is set to return to NASCAR this weekend at New Hampshire after breaking three ribs while bike riding last month. Labonte was hurt near his North Carolina home.
Minor league attendance up
The average regular season attendance in the minor leagues rose 1.8 percent this year to its highest level since 2009. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues said the average was 4,040, up from 3,967 and the most since 4,055 four years ago. The total was 41.55 million for 10,285 dates, up from 41.28 million for 10,045 dates. There were 176 teams. Indianapolis took over from Lehigh Valley (Pa.) as the top-drawing American club at 637,579, and International League rival Columbus had the highest average at 9,212.
Youth player dies from ant bites
A 12-year-old Corpus Christi, Texas, boy died after apparently suffering a severe allergic reaction to ant bites while warming up for the second half of a middle school football game. Officials confirmed that Cameron Espinosa died after being bitten multiple times by fire ants last week. Corpus Christi school district spokeswoman Lorette Williams says the boy used a water bottle to try and remove the ants, but he eventually fell unconscious.
Ex-heritage star walking on at IPFW
Former Heritage standout Carter Dornseif has walked on to the IPFW team. Dornseif was All-ACAC and advanced to the state finals last year with the Patriots. Heritage won ACAC tournament and regular-season championships last season.
Bethpage Black to host Ryder, PGA
The PGA of America announced that Bethpage Black will host The Ryder Cup in 2024, and the 2019 PGA Championship. The public course at a Long Island state park has developed a well-earned reputation for loud and boisterous fans, having played host to U.S. Open championships in 2002 and 2009. Last year, the Barclays was held there as part of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Valley still mulling conference change
Tippecanoe Valley athletic director Duane Burkhart wrote in an email the school was talking with the Northern State Conference about whether to accept the offer to join the NSC and leave the Three Rivers Conference.
High school season begins Sept. 28
Opening night of the Fort Wayne High School Hockey Association will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Lutheran Health Sports Center. The Komets’ Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock will drop the ceremonial first puck and new Komets coach Gary Graham, a former Snider and North Side coach, will be in attendance. The schedule is Homestead vs. Leo, Carroll vs. Snider and Bishop Dwenger vs. Northrop.
Trine men lose MIAA opener
In a back-and-forth battle in Angola, the Trine men lost 4-3 to Alma in their MIAA conference opener. Scoring for Trine (2-3-1) were freshman Bill Wilson (19th minute), senior Samuel Seibolt (7:36 left in first half)and sophomore Nick Lang (75th minute).
IPFW women lose
Eastern Michigan beat IPFW 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 in women’s volleyball in Ypsilanti, Mich. Emily Spencer had 12 kills and Jaydn’ Pegues 11 to lead IPFW.
Trine women rally
The Trine women rallied from down 0-2 to hand Saint Mary’s College its second conference loss 3-2 (20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 21-19) in South Bend. The Thunder is 1-3 in MIAA, 6-8 overall.