Fuel close out 2016-17 season at Toledo
- Updated: April 8, 2017
Morellis Cleaners Game Preview: Fuel at Walleye
Saturday, April 8, 2017
7:15 p.m. – Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio
Broadcast Info: CBS Sports 1430, ECHL.TV, @IndyFuel
The Indy Fuel (23-41-3-4) will finish the 2016-17 season as they travel to the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio to face the league-leading Toledo Walleye (50-17-2-2) for the back end of a home-and-home series. Puck drop is slated for 7:15 p.m. and will be broadcast over the air at CBS Sports 1430 and online through ECHL.TV. For live updates throughout the night, follow the Fuel on Twitter (@IndyFuel).
The Fuel were riding a six-game point streak before losing to the Walleye 3-2 Friday night at Indiana Farmer’s Coliseum. Alex Globke and Kyle Bonis scored the first goals for Toledo. Fuel forward Alex Wideman got on the board for Indy and the Fuel found themselves in a one-goal deficit heading into the first intermission.
Toledo and Indy traded goals in the second period – a Walleye power play goal was succeeded by Austin Hervey’s first professional goal – and neither team scored in the third period.
Toledo’s win allowed them to clinch a share of the Brabham Cup, the ECHL regular season championship. With 104 points, Toledo sits atop the Central Division. The Walleye currently lead the Allen Americans in the Western conference by 2 points with one more game left to play for each team. With 53 points, Indy sits in sixth place in the same division – six points ahead of the Wichita Thunder and nine behind the Tulsa Oilers. Both Indy and Toledo are 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games.
Inside the Matchup: Tonight marks the final of five games between the teams this season. Toledo controls the series 3-1-0-0 with the lone Indy win coming in a 4-1 victory on Friday, March 31 in Toledo. Indy has an all-time 1-8-1-0 record against Toledo.
In six games against the Walleye this season (two while with Wheeling), forward Josh Shalla has tallied three points (1g, 2a) while forward Michael Neal has also accumulated three points (0g, 3a). Series point leaders for the Walleye include Tylor Spink and Shane Berschbach, with six and five points respectively.
Who to Watch: Josh Shalla leads the team in scoring with 60 points (32g, 28a). Shalla has tallied points in four consecutive games (2g, 3a)…Alex Wideman is second in scoring with 55 points. Widman netted his 22nd goal of the season against Toledo Friday night.
Walleye forwards and twin brothers Tyson and Tylor Spink lead the team in scoring with 74 points each. Tyson has tallied 33 goals and 41 assists while Tylor has 27 goals and 47 assists.
Worth Noting: With a win or an Allen loss, Toledo will clinch the Brabham Cup outright…Toledo forwards Tyson and Tylor Spink as well as defensemen Nolan Zajac were all named to the 2016-17 ECHL All-Rookie Team…Fuel goaltender Jake Hildebrand leads the League in saves with 1478 and is tied for third in shutouts at four on the season…Fuel defensemen Chris Williams ranks third among rookies in penalty minutes served…Fuel goaltender Eric Levine was named CCM/ECHL Goaltender of the Week for March 27-April 2. It is the second time in his career he has received the honor.