INDIANAPOLIS: Despite having a 3-0 lead early against the Fort Wayne Komets, the Indy Fuel ran out of gas when it counted the most. That seems to be a trend in these games as of late for the Fuel.
The Fuel was on the road for two games this weekend before they travel home for Sundays afternoon’s game. The Fuel took on the Komets Friday night and goalie Pat Nagle only lasted for roughly five minutes for the Komets giving up three goals before the five minute mark.
The goals were scored by Josh Shalla (21), Alex Wideman (16) and Tyler Barnes (4) all before the five minute mark of the first period. The Komets scored one in the first and one in the second to just cut the deficit to 3-2.
In the third the Fuel scored one to make the lead 4-2, but then the Komets scored two before the end of the third to tie it up 4-4. They then went into overtime and 1:28 in Colin Mulvey scored the game winning goal for the Komets to complete the come from behind win!
The Komets shot the puck on goal 59 times, which is exactly what the Komets needed to get the win. The Fuel got only 26 shots on goal against two goalies. The defense again is the weak spot for the Fuel and the Fuel lost in OT to the Komets 5-4.
The Fuel then played the Kalamazoo Wings Saturday night and it did not go well for the visitors. Josh Shalla stayed hot and scored a goal 2:27 in to give him his 22 goal of the season, but the Wings then tied it up at the 7:27 minute mark.
Then the Komets stayed hot and scored two more in the second to take the lead 3-2, the Komets scored again in the third to take the lead 4-2. The Fuel found the momentum and scored one in the third to make it 4-3 but couldn’t get enough to make a comeback. The bad thing about one of those goals is one was shorthanded.
I feel like a broken record when I say the Fuel defense and power play are costing them games. They cannot win games if they can’t score on the man advantage, or keep the puck out of their end. The Fuel need to learn to finish strong and step up the offense!
One can only hope they can at least scrap for a win Sunday on their home ice in front of the most loyal crowd in the ECHL.