INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel (1-2-1-0) aim to even their three-game series with the ECHL-leading Florida Everblades (5-0-0-0) at a game apiece in Friday’s rematch from Germain Arena. Puck drop from Southern Florida is slated for 7:00 p.m. ET.
The hometown Everblades continued their undefeated start to the 2017-18 season Wednesday night, downing Indy 3-1 in what was the first encounter between the two teams since December of 2014. The Fuel took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but Florida took over the game down the stretch, stifiling Indy’s attack while scoring three unanswered goals to claim their fifth straight win to begin the campaign.
Tommy Olczyk delivered the Fuel’s lone goal, coming on a first period power play – his second power play goal of the season. Indy’s man advantage – ranked sixth in the ECHL at 25% – has now marked at least one goal on the man advantage in each of the club’s four outings in 2017-18.
Meanwhile, the Everblades look to continue their hot start to the season Friday night on home ice. One of five undefeated teams left in the ECHL, Florida leads the league in team defense, allowing a stingy 1.60 goals per game to their opponents. Goaltenders Callum Booth (1.00) and Martin Ouellette (2.00) rank second and seventh respectively among league goaltenders in goals against average, while Booth leads all rookie netminders with a .964 save percentage.
Tonight marks the second of three meetings between the Fuel and Everblades this season, all of which take place this week at Germain Arena. The two teams met Wednesday for the first time since Dec. 13, 2014, when Florida claimed a 5-4 shootout win on home ice. Indy is still looking for its first-ever victory over the Carolina Hurricanes affiliate, owning a 0-3-0-1 record in the all-time season series.