FORT WAYNE, IN – Fort Wayne Komets goaltender Pat Nagle will miss the next four to six weeks due to a high ankle sprain, according to Komets General Manager Michael Franke.
Franke told Journal-Gazette writer Justin Cohn Saturday night: “Nagle had X-rays on his ankle and they were negative for a fracture,” Franke said. “He does have a high ankle sprain and he’s currently in a boot.”
Nagle’s injury came when he was tangled up with Spencer Asuchak in the top of the goalie crease early in the first period. Asuchak was not penalized on the play and it’s not likely any supplemental discipline will come from the incident, as that would have been announced Saturday afternoon.
Through play Friday, Nagle was 3-0-0 with a 1.31 goals against average and a .955 save percentage.
With Nagle gone, Eric Hartzell will pick up the slack. Hartzell relieved Nagle Friday night, making 24 saves. So far this season, Hartzell is 1-1-0 with a 1.58 goals against average and a .945 save percentage.
One name being floated out there as possible back-ups are Macon Mayhem goaltender Garrett Bartus. So far this season with the Mayhem, Bartus is 1-1-1, with a 2.67 goals against average and a .918 save percentage. Another name to watch is former Adirondack & Brampton goaltender Drew Fielding, who is in the SPHL with the Pensacola Ice Flyers. Fielding played in 31 games last season, going 12-12-1, with a 2.76 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.
The Komets return to action Wednesday night, when they travel to play the Cincinnati Cyclones, in another playoff rematch.