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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, March 09, 2019 1:00 am

Komets 3 Kalamazoo 2

Martineau returns to K's, scores OT winner

Journal Gazette

Phelix Martineau was back in the Komets' lineup for the first time since Dec. 9. And it didn't take the forward long to remind everyone of his value to the Fort Wayne roster.

Martineau, who had been with Laval of the American Hockey League, netted the winning goal in overtime Friday as the Komets defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 3-2 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to take over sole possession of third place in the Central Division.

Martineau, a rookie, skated from deep in the defensive zone, used his speed to evade the defense and go all the way to the left dasher boards, then rocketed toward the net to tuck the puck inside the far post. He has nine goals and 15 points in 14 games this season with the Komets.

Fort Wayne goaltender Zach Fucale stopped 37 shots, including a second-period Chris Collins penalty shot, in front of an announced crowd of 3,075 at Wings Event Center. Kalamazoo's Ivan Kulbakov stopped 30 shots.

The teams meet twice more: March 20 and 27 at Memorial Coliseum, where the Komets play host to the Toledo Walleye at 7:30 p.m. today.

Kyle Hope opened the scoring for the Komets on a 10-foot shot 16:12 into the first period, but the Wings' Kyle Bushee answered during a power play 2:58 into the second period.

A tic-tac-toe play from Jake Kamrass to Justin Hodgman to J.C. Campagna set up the latter for another power-play goal and a 2-1 Komets lead, on a shot from the left circle, 16:09 into the second period. But the Wings answered again, during a power play at 18:30, when Luke Sandler tied it at 2.

Campagna has 30 goals in 49 games with the Komets (28-20-9), who have 15 games left in the regular season.