TOLEDO, OHIO – A goal from Matteson Iacopelli midway through the second period was the only score for the Indy Fuel (23-22-2-1) as the Toledo Walleye (29-11-4-3) dominated the game with goals in every period for a final 4-1 score at the Huntington Center in Toledo Sunday evening.
Toledo came out of the gates blazing when Dylan Sadowy brought the puck up the right boards crossing to TJ Hensick just in the nick of time for him to tap it under Fuel goalie Matt Tomkins (31 saves) pads to get the first point of the game at 6:23.
Less than one minute into the second period the Walleye kept the momentum going when Ben Danford obtained control of the puck in the neutral zone before passing it off to Shane Berschbach who drove the puck up the left boards and crossing it to Charlie O’Connor who was waiting on the right side of the net to edge it in.
The Walleye widened their lead when Marcus Crawford zig-zagged the puck through center ice and waited until Sadowy was positioned just outside the left corner of the crease to deflect the puck to the right corner of the net.
One minute later Iocapelli, who was assigned to Indy earlier this week by the Fuel’s AHL affiliate Rockford IceHogs gave the Fuel their only point of the game when a loose drifted from Indy’s zone to center ice where Iocapelli beat out Walleye defenders to gain possession. Iocapelli was able to outskate Matt Register and slip the puck through goaltender Kaden Fulcher’s (22 saves) legs.
With 1:32 left in the third the Fuel pulled Tomkins for the extra attacker and O’Connor tallied his second of the night for an empty net goal to bring the final score to 4-1.
The Fuel went 0-for-3 on the power play while the Walleye went 0-for-2.
The Fuel travel to Cincinnati to play the Cyclones on Wednesday, February 13th for a 7:35 p.m. puck drop and then move on to Wichita to take on the Thunder Saturday, February 16th at the Intrust Bank Arena at 8:15 p.m.
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