Fuel pick up divisional victories over Kalamazoo and Wheeling; another four-game slate on deck in Week 14
INDY FUEL WEEK 13 RESULTS: 2-2-0-0, 18-16-0-0 Overall, T-4th Central Division
Monday, December 31 – Fuel 6 at Kalamazoo 2: Indy rung in 2019 with a big road victory as the club claimed a 6-2 come-from-behind triumph over the Kalamazoo Wings on New Year’s Eve at Wings Event Center. Facing a 2-1 deficit after one period, the Fuel surged for four goals in the second and one more in the third to pick up their second consecutive win in Michigan. Twin brothers Ryan (1g, 3a) and Matt (2g) combined for six points, while Logan Nelson (1g, 1a), Josh Shalla (1 goal, 1 assist) and Avery Peterson also found the back of the net. Goaltender Matt Tomkins stopped 33 of 35 shots to register his fourth straight victory between the pipes.
Thursday, January 3 – Fuel 1 vs. Fort Wayne 4: A pair of second-period goals from J.C. Compagna helped the Fort Wayne Komets break open a 1-1 tie, as the Fuel fell 4-1 Thursday night at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Logan Nelson picked up the lone Indy goal early in the middle frame before Fort Wayne responded with three unanswered tallies. Zachary Fucale stopped 33 of 34 Fuel shots for the Komets, while the reigning Goaltender of the Week Matt Tomkins made 36 saves in the loss.
Friday, January 4 – Fuel 3 vs. Wheeling 2: The Fuel got a huge boost from their special teams Friday as they took down the Wheeling Nailers by a 3-2 count at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Indy finished the contest 2-for-4 on the power play and 7-for-7 on the penalty kill to improve to 3-2 against the Nailers this season. Brett Welychka’s third-period goal stood to be the game-winner after Kevin Dufour and Alex Brooks struck in the opening frame to give the Fuel a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes. Ryan Rupert chipped in a pair of assists, while goaltender Matt Tomkins recorded his 14th win of the season with 20 saves.
Saturday, January 5 – Fuel 2 at Fort Wayne 3: The Fuel couldn’t escape a first-period 2-0 deficit as they fell to the Komets at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Brett Welychka and Quentin Shore found the net for Indy, which dropped their second game to Fort Wayne in three nights.
INDY FUEL WEEK 14 SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, January 8 – Fuel vs. Kansas City (7:05 p.m. ET, Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
PEPSI $2 TUESDAY: Start your week with a great deal! Enjoy $2 beers and soft drinks while sampling a number of new food options – including chicken fingers, sriracha chicken sliders, and lamb sausages – for just $2 each!
Friday, January 11 – Fuel vs. Fort Wayne (7:35 p.m. ET, Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
NETFLIX NIGHT: Post up in your favorite seat (at Indiana Farmers Coliseum) and get ready to binge-watch some Fuel hockey! Don’t miss your chance to meet special guest Leslie David Baker, a.k.a. Stanley Hudson from The Office!
Saturday, January 12 – Fuel at Wheeling (7:05 p.m. ET, WesBanco Arena)
Sunday, January 13 – Fuel at Wheeling (3:05 p.m. ET, WesBanco Arena)
The Fuel finish another tough 3-in-3 weekend with a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader against the Nailers at WesBanco Arena. Indy heads to West Virginia with a 3-2 lead in the 11-game season series with Wheeling, picking up a pair of victories at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Dec. 27 and Jan. 4. The Nailers have won two straight against the Fuel at WesBanco Arena, including a 5-1 decision during Indy’s last visit on Dec. 9.
-The Fuel have a 7-4-0-0 record in their last 11 games since Dec. 14.
-Saturday’s game in Fort Wayne wrapped up a stretch of seven games in 10 days for the Fuel. Indy finished 4-3-0-0 during that span.
-The Fuel play another four games in six nights in Week 14, all part of a busy post-Christmas stretch that sees the club play a total of 14 games in 18 days from Dec. 27 to Jan. 13.
-After playing eight of its last 11 games on home ice, Indy will play 12 of its next 18 games on the road through Feb. 17.
-The Fuel are 10-4-0-0 this season in games where they have scored the first goal.
-Fuel Athletic Trainer George Bullock, Jr. worked his 1,500th career professional game on Saturday in Fort Wayne. Bullock is in his 22nd season working in professional hockey and fifth with the Fuel, completing stints with six other clubs in the ECHL and CHL before arriving in Indianapolis.
-Fuel defenseman Neil Manning was selected as an ECHL All-Star on Monday afternoon, becoming the fourth Fuel player to participate in the league’s midseason showcase (Alex Wideman – 2017, Michael Neal/Éteinne Marcoux – 2018).
-Forward Ryan Rupert matched a career-high mark with four points on Dec. 31 in Kalamazoo (1g, 3a).
-Rookie forward Brett Welychka has tallied points in six of eight games (3g, 4a) since returning to the Indy lineup from injury on Dec. 22.
-Forward Radovan Bondra has racked up eight assists over his last nine games.
-Goaltender Matt Tomkins has compiled a 9-3-0-0 record over his last 12 starts since Dec. 4.
-Tomkins is tied with Newfoundland’s Michael Garteig for first among all ECHL netminders with 14 wins, while he leads the league in minutes played with 1,547.
-Tomkins has held opponents to only two goals in four of his last six outings.
ECHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: F Ryan Rupert (3 GP, 3 G, 1 PPG, +1)
UPCOMING EVENTS & PROMOTIONS:
Women, Wine & Hockey: Back by popular demand – Women, Wine & Hockey with the Indy Fuel is returning on Monday, January 28! Don’t miss your chance to meet Fuel players and coaches at this exciting Ladies’ Night event, taking place at Daniel’s Family Vineyard and Winery. For more information and to RSVP, visit IndyFuelHockey.com/wine!
Blackhawks Night: The Madhouse on Madison is set to return to Indianapolis on Saturday, January 19 as the Fuel celebrate its NHL affiliate in Chicago! Meet three-time Stanley Cup Champion Bryan Bickell, as well as iconic National Anthem singer Jim Cornelison, Tommy Hawk and the Blackhawks Ice Crew!
Individual tickets for all Fuel home games at Indiana Farmers Coliseum are available at IndyFuelHockey.com, or by visiting the Indiana Farmers Coliseum box office. A variety of Ticket Plans are also still available for the 2018-19 season, call the Fuel ticket office at 317-925-FUEL to learn more today!
Catch every home game this season with a free online stream at IndyFuelHockey.com! Click the “Watch/Listen Live” button to hear Voice of the Fuel Andrew Smith bring you all of the action from Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Fans can also watch all 72 games at home and on the road live through ECHL.TV!
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