Tulsa loans Mele to Oklahoma City

TULSA, Okla. – The Tulsa Oilers announced that left wing Tommy Mele has been loaned to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Mele, who participated in the Barons’ training camp prior to the start of the season, will play in his first AHL game tonight as Oklahoma City hosts the Lake Erie Monsters.

A 28-year old from the Bronx, N.Y., Mele scored his 13th goal of the season on Thursday night in the Oilers’ 5-2 victory over the Brampton Beast. Through 43 games this season, the fourth-year pro has 25 points (13g-12a) and a team-high 136 penalty minutes. Mele has already set new career-highs in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes without missing a single game this season.

Prior to his time in Tulsa, Mele began his pro career in Fort Wayne in the 2011-12 season where he helped the Komets claim the 2012 Central Hockey League championship. Last season, Mele captured the second title of his pro career as a member of the Alaska Aces. He appeared in 57 games for Alaska during the regular season and posted six points in 17 playoff games as the Aces earned the 2014 Kelly Cup.