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Defense propels Komets to road win

The Komets’ offense may still be struggling, but the defense isn’t and that led to a 3-1 victory Saturday night over the Bloomington PrairieThunder, in front of 2,624 fans at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

After Bloomington scored early in the second period, the Komets tied it on Keith Rodger’s shot from the right circle at 8:22.

Leo Thomas scored the game-winning goal 1:26 later, and Justin Chwedoruk added an empty-net goal as the Komets snapped a two-game losing streak and gave Bloomington its first home loss of the season.

The Komets (8-4-0) have scored only 10 goals over their last five games. But they’ve allowed only eight goals over the same span.

Komets goaltender Tim Haun, who played for the fifth straight game as Nick Boucher recuperates from a hand injury, stopped 35 shots.