Fuel return home for rematch with CincinnatiDec 30, 2017
GAME PREVIEW: FUEL VS. CYCLONES
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30 - 7:35 P.M.
INDIANA FARMERS COLISEUM, INDIANAPOLIS
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The Story: The Indy Fuel (10-15-2-1) will suit up to take on the Cincinnati Cyclones (17-10-1-0) at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum tomorrow night with a puck drop time of 7:35 pm ET.
The Fuel transition back to home ice from a 5-3 road win over the Kalamazoo Wings. Darian Dziurzynski, Stephen Collins, Reed Seckel and Alex Wideman were the successors for the away team, helping Indy nab their second road win of the 2017-18 season – snapping a seven game winless streak away from Indianapolis.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati has won six of its last seven games, the only loss over that span coming at Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indy’s 7-4 triumph last Saturday. Since the ECHL holiday break, the Cyclones dispatched the Fort Wayne Komets 5-3 Wednesday at U.S. Bank Arena, and downed the Quad City Mallards 5-4 in a shootout last night in Moline.
Entering Saturday with 37 points, Cincinnati is four points back of the Central Division-leading Toledo Walleye, and just a single point behind second-place Fort Wayne. The Fuel sit in sixth place with 23 points, with the fifth-place Kalamazoo Wings waiting six points ahead.
Shorthanded Honors: Indy’s shorthanded group has produced an 86.6% on the penalty kill, landing them at 5th place overall in the league. With over half of the season left to play, the Fuel have already netted a league-high eight shorthanded goals.
Newcomers on Top: Acquired from Rapid City on December 19 and activated on the roster on December 23, Darian Dziurzynski (3g, 2a) has already tallied three goals in his only three games with the Indy Fuel. In their most recent contest against the Kalamzoo Wings, Dziurzynski put two goals away for Indy, both assisted by Stephen Collins, who notched his first professional goal that night.
Inside the Matchup: The Fuel and Cyclones meet Saturday for the second of 10 times this season – the second of six matchups coming at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. A Tommy Olczyk shorthanded hat trick helped Indy open the season series with a 7-4 triumph last Saturday.
The Fuel hold an all-time 16-16-1-0 record against the Cyclones, with 11 out of their 16 overall wins coming from the Circle City.
Scouting Report: Jesse Schultz (13g, 22a) has netted three goals and seven assists within the last four recent games for the Cyclones. Both following Schultz in the four-game sequence, Justin Danforth (17g, 18a) has tallied four goals and three assists while Justin Vaive (8g, 4a) has put six goals and two assists away for Cincinnati.