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Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 6:52 am

When he was 16 years old, Thomas Beauregard visited Fort Wayne to watch his brother David-Alexandre lift the Colonial Cup. Now, 10 years later, he wouldn't mind helping the Komets win a cup of his own.

The Komets announced the signing of the right wing Monday afternoon. Beauregard, 26, has always been known as a scorer, something the Komets need after last week's season-ending knee injury to Chris Auger.

Beauregard has usually been good for 20-30 goals per season with a high of 34 three years ago with Wheeling of the ECHL. In 230 professional games in North America, Beauregard has scored 110 goals.

``I think they know me and what I can bring to the team,'' Beauregard said. ``I just want to bring some offense and be good defensively. I'm an offensive player, and I need to score goals. That's always been my job.''

Just as importantly to the Komets, Beauregard does not count as one of their four veteran spots on the roster because the league he played for in Europe in 2010-11 does not count toward the ECHL maximum of 260 pro games.

Beauregard originally signed this season with Orlando but was traded to San Francisco where he scored a goal and three points in five games before being released last week.

``I had talked to him once or twice in the summer, but we were pretty filled up with what we had and what was going to be coming once we got affiliated so we never really pursued it,'' Komets General Manager David Franke said. ``Then when Chris went down and Thomas' name popped up on the waiver wire...''

The Komets did not claim Beauregard off waivers but signed him as a free agent. The Komets are averaging 2.33 goals per game, which ranks tied for 20th among the 23 ECHL teams. They've also been missing winger Eric Giosa with a high ankle sprain, and he'll continue to miss games this weekend.

Franke said Beauregard will be in the Komets' lineup Friday in Toledo.