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Coyle, Ouellet lead K's to win

Defenseman Jace Coyle and forward Christian Ouellet both had a goal and an assist, as the Komets defeated the Toledo Walleye 3-2 on Friday night at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Fort Wayne (14-11-7) is on a 3-0-2 surge heading into tonight's game at Kalamazoo, Mich.

After Toledo's David Gilbert opened the scoring 5:43 into the game, Fort Wayne got consecutive goals from forward Chris Auger on a power play 48 seconds into the second period, Ouellet at 10:41 and Coyle at 3:35 of the third period.

Forward Kenton Miller had two assists.

Defenseman Richard Nedomiel finished the scoring at 13:56 of the third period for the Walleye (10-18-3), which has lost 3 of 4.

In two games since being acquired Monday from Elmira, Ouellet has two goals and three points. Forward Matt Carter, who was the other player received in the trade for Mike Vaskivuo and Nik Pokulok, made his debut with the Komets at Toledo and was plus-1.

The Komets were without their top goaltender, Andrey Makarov, who suffered a head injury when he was crashed into during the third period of a 3-2 overtime loss to Kalamazoo on Wednesday. He was replaced on the roster by Max Strang, who had been with Bloomington of the Southern Professional Hockey League. It's Strang's second call-up to Fort Wayne this season.

But Ben Meisner manned the Komets net at Toledo and stopped 29 of 31 shots. Toledo's Mac Carruth stopped 32 of 35.

Note: Former Komets goalie Kenny Reiter, who is with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League, signed a two-way contract with the NHL's New York Islanders.

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 jcohn@jg.net.

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