Indy Closes Out Weekend with Matchup Against Cincinnati
The Fuel close out back-to-back Central Division matchups against CincinnatiNov 23, 2019
MOVING ON: After dropping their fifth straight game on Friday night against the Wheeling Nailers, the Fuel turn to Cincinnati on Saturday looking to get back on the winning track. Two of Indy’s three wins against Central Division teams have come against the Cincinnati Cyclones, although both games have come at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Saturday’s game will be the first time the two teams meet at Cincinnati this season.
THE MATCHUP: Cincinnati enters Saturday’s game having won six out of their last seven games, their only loss coming to the Wheeling Nailers on November 19. The Cyclones currently sit in second in the league in wins with 11. The Fuel arrives in Cincinnati on a difficult losing skid, dropping five straight games and only having won three out of their last ten. Indy holds the season record between the two teams having won two out of the three matchups, all three coming at Indy.
TEAM LEADERS: Earning an assist in Friday’s matchup with Wheeling, Spencer Watson held on to the team lead in points, earning seven goals and ten assists in 15 games. Continuing to follow Watson in the team points standings has been Alex Krushelnyski. After missing three games, Krushelnyski is tied for the team lead in assists, earning ten assists in 12 games with Indy. The Cyclones are led by forward Jesse Schultz who is averaging 1.12 points per game through 17 games with the Cyclones. Schultz currently sits in seventh in the ECHL tallying nine goals and 10 assists.
GOALTENDING MATCHUP: Throughout this season, the Fuel have split the games between Charles Williams and Chase Marchand. Marchand currently leads the two goaltenders with a 2.85 goals-against average but is trailing behind Charles Williams, who has earned himself a .897 save percentage through nine games. Leading the Cyclones into Saturday night has been rookie goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. Luukkonen is riding high, sitting in second in the ECHL with a 1.66 goals-against average through six games with the Cyclones.
LOOKING AHEAD: Finishing off back-to-back Central Division matchups with Saturday’s game at Cincinnati, Indy will head to the Northeast on Wednesday beginning a three-game road trip against Adirondack, Maine and Worcester. After finishing off the Northeast road trip, the Fuel will open December with two weekday matchups against the Cincinnati Cyclones.