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Duco’s OT Goal Lifts Fuel to 3-2 Win

Photo by James Cocherell - ISR
Photo by James Cocherell – ISR

In the seventh of nine head-to-head meetings between the two teams this season, the Indy Fuel defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones in overtime by a final score of 3-2.

With the win, the Fuel’s fifth consecutive victory, Indy improved to 19-22-4-3 overall this season. Having registered 45 points this year, the Fuel also vaulted into a tie for fifth place in the ECHL’s North Division standings.

In the extra session, the Fuel converted on the power-play at 2:44 as Mike Duco slammed home a centering feed from Kyle Stroh for his 12th goal of the season.

The Cyclones snatched a 1-0 lead late in the first period when David Pacan tipped home a power-play goal at 18:18 with Josh McFadden and Chris Reed collecting assists on the play.

In the second, Indy was able to equalize, as Fuel centerman Nicklas Lindberg tallied an extra-man score of his own at 11:48 thanks to a slick setup by Pete Massar and Garett Bembridge.

The Fuel and Cyclones traded goals in the third as Rhett Bly knocked a puck out of mid-air at 7:01 to make it 2-1 Fuel before a late equalizer from Reed at 16:42 forced overtime.

Shane Owen provided a spectacular 28-save performance in net for the Fuel to earn the victory while Rob Madore took the loss for the ‘Clones, despite a 15-save performance.

Friday’s win pushed the Fuel’s record in February to a perfect 4-0-0-0 and a near-perfect 13-1-1-0 in the team’s last 15 games.

Michael Guzman is the Indy Fuel Beat Writer for the Indiana Sports Report. Follow him and ISR on Twitter. 

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