KOMETS BLANK OILERS 3-0
Nagle stops 32 shots in shutout over Tulsa, as short-handed Oilers stumble in first of three games this weekend.
FORT WAYNE, IN – The Fort Wayne Komets, and goaltender Pat Nagle shut out the Tulsa Oilers 3-0 Friday in the final meeting of the season between the two teams at Memorial Coliseum.
The teams exchanged a pair of power play opportunities in the opening period, and the Komets broke a scoreless deadlock just four seconds into their second man advantage. Jason Binkley set up Garrett Thompson for an easy tap-in to make it 1-0. Fort Wayne made it 2-0 just 1:19later when Mike Embach was left all alone in the right circle, where he buried a wrist shot under the crossbar. Shots were even at 11, with the Komets ahead 2-0 after 20 minutes.
Nagle carried his shutout into the third period after stopping ten more shots in the middle frame. Tulsa goaltender P.J. Musico turned away all six Fort Wayne attempts in the period, as the score stayed 2-0 after two.
Jamie Schaafsma added an insurance goal for Fort Wayne midway through the final stanza to advance the Komet lead to 3-0, as Nagle completed his second shutout of the season with 11 more stops in the third period. Musico made 27 saves on 30 Komets attempts.
UP NEXT: The Oilers finish off the weekend with two games against the Toledo Walleye at the Huntington Center. Saturday’s matchup starts at 6:15pm CST, with Sunday’s rematch slated for 4:15pm CST. Catch all the action at www.tulsaoilers.com, “Listen Live”, or on ECHL.TV.