The Indy Fuel returned home last night to take on the Kansas City Mavericks. The Fuel hoped to avenge a 7-2 loss that came at the end of October when they traveled to Kansas City. The game gave fans of both teams all they could handle, going beyond regulation and overtime. The Fuel won 4-3 in a shootout.
The action started early as Kansas City’s Riley Sweeney went to the penalty box for hooking not even two minutes into the game. Towards the end of the Fuel power play, captain Zach Miskovic scored his first goal of the season and gave Indy an early 1-0 lead. The Fuel looked like they were hitting on all cylinders, connecting on almost all of their passes. It showed on Miskovic’s goal and it would show again about five minutes later when Kevin Dufour put his ninth goal of the season behind Mavericks goalie Mason McDonald. Kansas City wasn’t held scoreless for much longer. Just over two minutes after Dufour’s goal, C.J Eick scored his third of the season to cut Indy’s lead in half. The increasingly physical first period carried through the intermission.
The refs blew the whistle on nine penalties and handed out a total of 34 penalty minutes. However, before all that Matt Rupert reclaimed Indy’s two-goal lead on the power play with his eighth of the season. It was the only goal of the period, but far from the only action. There was plenty of chirping back and forth from both teams. Some scrums broke out after almost every whistle, but nobody went to the box for fighting. It came to a head early on as Indy’s Connor Moynihan and Kansas City’s Zach Fischer were hit with matching 10-minute misconduct penalties. This was just one of four penalties for Moynihan on the night. All of this chippiness got the fans involved and kept them on the edge of their seats. The Fuel took a 3-1 lead to the third period, but as every hockey fan knows, that two-goal lead is the most dangerous lead in hockey.
The third period started fast as well. About four and a half minutes in, the Fuel’s Logan Nelson went to the box for elbowing. Just 24 seconds into the resulting power play, the Mavericks’ Jordan Ernst cut the Fuel lead down to one goal. About six minutes later, former Fuel player Darian Dziurzynski tied the game on his seventh goal of the season. The rest of the period passed relatively uneventfully and the game went to overtime.
The overtime period was high intensity, but both goalies kept the puck out of their respective nets. The Fuel sent Brett Welychka to shoot first, but his shot was saved by McDonald. David Dziurzynski had his shot saved by Tomkins. Then, the Fuel sent Dufour to shoot. He scored his second of the game and 10th of the season. The three remaining shots stayed out of the net and the Fuel took home the 4-3 victory.
The Fuel head out on a three-game road trip that starts with a visit to Kalamazoo to take on the Wings. Indy is 2-0 against the Wings this year so far, but it will be their first visit to Kalamazoo this season.
3 – Darian Dziurzynski
2 – Ryan Rupert
1 – Kevin Dufour
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