Indy and Kalamazoo Meet at Wings Event Center
Indy meets the Kalamazoo Wings for the fifth time in 2019-20 seasonFeb 8, 2020
HOT WINGS: In the second of three games in three days, the Indy Fuel visits the Kalamazoo Wings for the third time in the 2019-20 season. Earning points in their last four games, the Fuel enter Wings Event Center on a three-game win streak. Kalamazoo has played five straight games against Central Division opponents, earning points in four points out of five.
THE MATCHUP: The Fuel have met the Wings four times this season, splitting the matchups two wins each. The last time the two teams met, the Fuel fell 5-3 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Fuel have put together a record of 10-8-0-0 over the past five years at Wings Event Center, although only taking the win one of the two matchups in Kalamazoo this season. The Wings enter Saturday night’s game desperate for points, sitting in sixth in the Central Division, while Indy is one point ahead of the Fort Wayne Komets in third place.
LEADING THE PACK: Earning points in five out of his last six games, defenseman Keoni Texeira enters Saturday night with a goal and three assists in his last three games. Scoring a power-play goal on Friday night, the 2nd-year defenseman currently leads all ECHL defensemen with 16 power-play points with three goals and 13 assists. Coming into Saturday night, forward Spencer Watson leads the ECHL and Indy Fuel in goals, scoring 25 goals through 40 games in a Fuel uniform. Watson leads the Fuel in goals and points this season, registering 25 goals and 23 assists, good for sixth in the league.
NETMINDERS: Recording his fourth win of the season, Dan Bakala made 33 saves on 35 Tulsa shots on Friday night. The newly acquired goaltender has skated in 10 games for the Fuel this season, earning ar 4-3-1-0 record as well as a 2.46 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. Skating in 27 games with the Fuel this season, Charles Williams has amassed a 2.71 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. In 27 games in a Fuel uniform, Williams has earned a 16-8-1-2 record. Splitting the 2019-20 season with Jake Kielly, former Fuel goaltender Jake Hildebrand has earned a near-even record ad 12-12-3-0 while registering a 3.60 goals-against average and a .886 save percentage. Making 28 saves on 32 shots from the Fort Wayne Komets on Friday, Jake Kielly earned his sixth win of the season, recording himself a 4.03 goals-against average and a .884 save percentage.
LOOKING AHEAD: Indy will the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday before closing out their three games in three days with a Sunday afternoon matchup against the Fort Wayne Komets. With no weekday games next week, Indy will play three more games next weekend, with all three games coming on the road against Central Division teams.