Injuries continue to be nuisance for the Utica Comets.
On Saturday, the Comets went the professional tryout contract route adding forward Alex Kile to the roster ahead of the team’s game in Binghamton.
The move comes after the Comets lost forward Vincent Arseneau to a hand injury following a fight in the second period and Cam Darcy (undisclosed) in the third period of the team’s 4-3 shootout win over Hartford on Friday in Utica. Neither will play Saturday, according to Comets General Manager Ryan Johnson.
It is the latest in a string of injuries this season for the Comets, who have had Reid Boucher (ankle; five consecutive games), Kole Lind (upper-body; five consecutive games), Wacey Hamilton (concussion) and Thatcher Demko (concussion) each miss from lineup recently.
There were also short injury stints for defensemen Jalen Chatfield and Ashton Sautner, who have returned to the lineup.
Various others -- including Darren Archibald, Brendan Gaunce and Alex Biega -- are on recall with the parent Vancouver Canucks.
With the addition of Kile, the Comets have 12 healthy forwards.
The 24-year-old Kile joins the Comets from ECHL Maine, where he scored his seventh goal in 10 games Friday. He leads the Mariners in goals, PP goals and is tied for the lead in points (9).
Kile has played 12 games over the last two seasons with the Rochester Americans, totaling three points. He's played 56 ECHL games since finishing a four-year career at the University of Michigan.
Kile is the second player to join the Comets from Maine after goaltender Connor LaCouvee was recently added.