INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel hosted the Brampton Beast on Saturday night, the first time a Canadian team has come to Indiana Farmers Coliseum since 1998. Indy fell to Toledo on Thursday night and prior to Saturday night had lost 11 of their last 12. Brampton was also on a losing streak of eight in a row. Indy looked to turn their fortunes around but were unable to as they ran into another hot goaltender.
Indy opened the scoring on Saturday with a power play goal. Nick Mattson took a slap shot from the point and Cody Sharib, who was standing in front of the net, deflected the puck past Brampton’s Kenny Reiter.
That would be it for Indy in terms of goals but not necessarily in terms of chances. Brampton scored three minutes after Indy when Tim Billingsley was given a back-door feed from Mike Hammond. Five minutes after that Nick McParland was given a wide open one-timer from behind the net. Just before the end of the period, the Beast took a 3-1 lead on a power play.
The first period was a fight filled period as there were two fighting majors per team when Dylan Clarke dropped the gloves with Dalton Thrower and then Peter Schneider defended a teammate and dropped the gloves with Jeff Brown.
Indy once again ran into a hot goaltender. They had many scoring chances as the game went on. Daniel Ciampini was given a penalty shot in the second period but the move he pulled caused him to lose the puck and miss his chance.
The Indy power play started the game off well scoring on their first chance but that was it for the game. The Fuel’s penalty kill was excellent once again as they went 4-for-5 on Saturday night.
Indy will head to Quad City on Sunday to take on the Mallards. The remaining eight games for the Fuel are against Midwest Division foes. They will face Cincinnati and Fort Wayne three times each and Quad City twice before the end of the season.
Mark Grainda is an Indy Fuel feature writer for Indy Sports Report, he has been playing hockey for 17 years and currently plays at the collegiate level for Ball State University. You can follow Mark on twitter @mgrainda71
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