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Mele's masterful goal the winner

Tom Mele hasn't scored many goals this season – only four – but linemate Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock made it easy for him Friday night.

Schrock surged down the left wing, easily getting past a Tulsa defenseman, then sent a pass from behind the net to Mele, who one-timed it home early in the third period at Memorial Coliseum.

Mele's goal was the winner for the Komets in a 3-2 victory over the Tulsa Oilers.

"(Schrock) is so good at taking the puck wide and turning the defensemen, I just tried trailing him and I screamed for it," Mele said. "He obviously heard me. He put it in the perfect spot, where I could get good wood on it."

Mele's goal gave Fort Wayne a 3-1 lead, which was trimmed on a goal from Tulsa's Jay Sprague. But goaltender Nick Boucher closed things down from there, stopping 28 of 30 shots, including three during a 5-on-3 power play.

"Kaleigh, he was just owning that right defenseman," Fort Wayne coach Al Sims said. "I don't know who it was or if it was the same game all night, or different guys, but he blew around that side twice. … It looks like Kaleigh is getting his confidence and that's a good thing for us. When you get two goals from your third line, your kids, that's really encouraging."

Tulsa goalie Ian Keserich stopped 35 of 38 shots.

The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Turner Conference-leading Komets.

"We've called this our 'redemption weekend,'" Mele said. "What happened last weekend wasn't the way we wanted to play. It wasn't our style and we let those points slip away. We've been talking about it all week in practice, how we have to get back on track and keep the puck. Once we have it, we can't give it back to the other team. That was the game plan all week and I think it worked out tonight."

The Komets play the Oilers again Saturday at the Coliseum.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at