INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel traveled this weekend to South Carolina to take on the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and South Carolina Stingrays. The Fuel played really well and ended the weekend on good vibes. The Indy Fuel started their three game skid Friday against the Swamp Rabbits and everyone knew it was going to be a good match up. With the Swamp Rabbits getting out to a quick start the Fuel responded with two of their own in the first period.
Finding themselves less than 10 minutes away from starting their Carolina road trip with a win, the Indy Fuel fell victim to another third period rally. The Swamp Rabbits pulled two points out of their hats Friday, scoring three times in third period to beat the Fuel 5-4.
On a plus side, they only allowed 38 shots on goal this game which is better then it has been for the Fuel. The Fuel actually got some decent shots on goal with 24, which could be worse but also could be better.
The second game against the Swamp Rabbits went a little bit different. After squandering a late lead the night before, on Saturday it was the Indy Fuel who displayed the late-game resolve.
Kenny Ryan kept his name on the score sheet getting two goals this game. The contest was up for grabs heading into the third period, after the Fuel and Swamp Rabbits traded power play tallies in the middle frame. It was Ryan who swung the momentum in favor of the visitors with a breakaway tally, his fourth goal in three games.
Forward Michael Neal finished with three assists on the night, setting up both of Matt Rupert’s insurance goals and Indy’s first goal off the stick of Nick Bligh.
The Swamp Rabbits had some jump early, out shooting Indy 18-5 in the first period, but a flawless 20 minutes from Eric Levine kept things scoreless heading into the second.
Indy ended the night 1-for-3 on the power play, while killing off four of five Greenville opportunities and for the Fuel that is huge seeing as the Swamp Rabbits had 41 shots on goal. The Fuel got this win 4-1.
Then the Fuel played the Stingrays and it was a happy ending for the Fuel. Getting three goals in the third was a momentum booster for the Fuel. Nick Bligh, Josh Shalla, Micheal Neal, and Matt Rupert all scored for the Fuel in this one. .
Even though the Fuel still let up a lot of shots on goal the defense and Levine were strong for the Fuel along with Jake Hildebrand.
Getting two wins this weekend is a plus side for the Fuel indeed. They ended these past two weekend positives hopefully they can keep it up!