INDIANAPOLIS: The Indy Fuel have been successful lately on the road and at home, they are playing like they have something to lose. The Fuel have been almost unbeatable as of late and it was definitely showing this past weekend.
The Fuel took on the Toledo Walleye Friday with intentions of spoiling their weekend and they did just that. The Fuel made arguably their biggest statement to date, earning a convincing 4-1 victory over the ECHL-leading Walleye.
For Indy, the triumph was the club’s third in a row – improving the resurgent Fuel’s record to 6-3-0-1 over their last 10 games. For the Walleye, it was the end of an eight game point streak and the first regulation loss on home ice since Feb. 4.
Even though Toledo got out to a quick start the Fuel got back into the game pretty quick thanks to Troy Vance and Paul Zanette scoring at the 4:10 mark. Then literally nine seconds later Paul Zanette blasted a slap shot over Paterson’s glove to give Indy a sudden 2-1 lead. The two connections were the fastest two goals scored by the Fuel this season.
Indy capped off the scoring halfway through the third when rookie Woody Hudson found the net for the first time in his professional career. Eric Levine was also a wall for the Fuel he picked up his second straight win with a 32-save performance.
Toledo may have out shot the Fuel 33-26 but the Fuel put more goals in the net and got the weekend started with a victory in Toledo. Returning home to play the Fort Wayne Komets was going to be a battle.
The Fuel and Komets always have a an exciting game and there is always a few brawls. the Indy Fuel, in an all-out effort, battled the Fort Wayne Komets to a shootout before the visitors gained the extra point in a 5-4 result Saturday night at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
The Fuel overcame an early second period 2-0 deficit with a 3-goals’ rally, sparked by a pair of strikes fired by center Michael Neal in 2:45 to equalize the affair at 2-2.
Then Neal, set-up set-up Josh Shalla on the first of 2-Indy power play goal at 19:59 of the same frame to vault the Fuel into their first lead of the night after 40-minutes at 3-2.
Shalla’s goal was his 31st of the season and his 11th in 9-games against the Komets. They did go to overtime after it was all said and done and still got a point but lost in a back and forth shoot out to end the game at 5-4 Komets win.
The Cincinnati Cyclones visited the Fuel as well searching for a win but the Fuel love spoiling teams weekend so we all know how that went. Even though the Cyclones got out in front first the Fuel rallied to get two goals in the second period.
The Cyclones then tied it to end regulation and they went into overtime. Alex Wideman delivered the shootout winner for the Fuel and ended a very good weekend for them.
The Fuel look for more spoiling next weekend with their last two home games of the season, and last road game in Toledo.