Fuel Finish Back-to-Back with Cincinnati
Indy finishes back to back series with Cincinnati on Sunday afternoonFeb 16, 2020
REVENGE GAME: After dropping Saturday night’s game to the Cyclones, the Fuel will meet them again for the final game of a three in three on Sunday afternoon. Giving up multiple goals in the third period in each game this weekend, Indy has dropped two games in a row after winning five straight games. The Cyclones snapped a five-game winless streak on Saturday night and will be looking to extend their winning on Sunday.
THE MATCHUP: Finishing out three games in three days, Indy has dropped both Friday and Saturday’s game, giving up the winning goal in the third period in each game. Snapping a five-game winless streak on Saturday night, the Cyclones will be looking to get back on the winning track and continue to cement their spot in 1st place in the Central Division. Cincinnati currently sits seven points ahead of Toledo in the standings while Indy is just one point ahead of Fort Wayne for 3rd place in the Central.
SPECIAL TEAMS BATTLE: Scoring on two of their seven power-play chances on Saturday night, the Fuel sits in 6th in the ECHL in power-play percentage. Through 50 games, the Fuel have registered a goal on 20.6% of their power-play chances. The Cyclones enter Sunday’s game, the Cyclones have the league’s third-worst power play, scoring on 14.8% of their chances. Earning 14 minutes of penalties on Saturday night, Cincinnati killed off 5 of 7 penalties, putting them at 83.7% for the year. Indy is in the bottom third in the league in penalty killing, stopping 80.2% of their penalties.
NETMINDER BATTLE: Appearing in Saturday night’s game, Chase Marchand has earned a 2.73 goals-against average and .906 save percentage through five games against the Cyclones. Marchand has split games with Charles Williams and Dan Bakala this season, earning a 2.69 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage through 12 total games in a Fuel uniform. Appearing against Fort Wayne on Friday, Dan Bakala has earned 2.56 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage through 12 games. After Michael Houser was called up by the AHL’s Rocester Americans, Jamie Phillips played Saturday’s game, stopping 20 of 22 Fuel shots. Phillips has appeared in four games with the Cyclones, earning a 3.82 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage.
LOOKING AHEAD: Fuel will play the second half of back to back games against the Cincinnati Cyclones on Sunday, finishing out a three-game road trip. Indy will return to Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Tuesday, February 18th for a 10:30am Education Day Game.