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Komets continue their mini-surge

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.

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 goalie Andrey Makarov, who suffered a head injury 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.

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.