Indy Fuel Pit Stop – Week 12 (Dec. 24-30, 2018)
Fuel pick up a pair of victories over Central Division opponents; busy four-game slate on deck for Week 13Dec 31, 2018
INDY FUEL WEEK 12 RESULTS: 2-1-0-0, 16-14-0-0 Overall, 4th Central Division
Thursday, December 27 – Fuel 5 vs. Wheeling 2: The Fuel started their weekend tripleheader by handing the Wheeling Nailers their first regulation loss in 10 games in a 5-2 decision at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Kevin Dufour continued his offensive production with two goals, while Olivier Labelle (1g, 1a), Alex Brooks (1g, 1a) and Neil Manning (2a) each chipped in a pair of points. Labelle, Brooks and Dufour combined to help give Indy a 3-1 lead after one period, which they extended with two more goals in the third. Goaltender Matt Tomkins was strong between the pipes for the Fuel, turning aside 33 of 35 Nailers shots.
Friday, December 28 – Fuel 5 vs. Cincinnati 2: The Fuel snapped the Cincinnati Cyclones' 10-game unbeaten streak Friday night with a decisive 5-2 victory at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Ryan Rupert scored two third period goals to bolster a 3-2 Indy lead, while goaltender Matt Tomkins made 30 saves to stymie the ECHL's top-ranked team. Brett Welychka and Quentin Shore each recorded a goal and an assist for Indy, while Radovan Bondra marked a pair of assists.
Saturday, December 29 – Fuel 2 vs. Brampton 5: Indy saw a three game winning streak come to an end on Saturday as they suffered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Brampton Beast at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Beast found the net four times in the third period to blow open a 1-1 deadlock, including three goals coming in a span of just one minute and 25 seconds. Alex Brooks and Mathew Thompson provided the goal scoring for Indy, while former Fuel forward Anthony Beauregard picked up a goal and two assists for Brampton. Goaltender Jason Pawloski turned aside 26 of 31 shots in the loss.
INDY FUEL WEEK 13 SCHEDULE:
Monday, December 31 – Fuel at Kalamazoo (3 p.m. ET, Wings Event Center)
The Fuel wrap up their 2018 slate of games with a New Year’s Eve matinee showdown in Kalamazoo against the Wings. Indy is 3-1-0-0 against the Central Division foe so far this season, picking up a 5-4 win in its last trip to Michigan back on Dec. 22.
Thursday, January 3 – Fuel vs. Fort Wayne (7:05 p.m. ET, Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT NIGHT: Enjoy limitless hot dogs, burgers, popcorn, and nachos – all free with the purchase of a game ticket. Leave the belt at home and fill your tank on us.
Friday, January 4 – Fuel vs. Wheeling (7:35 p.m. ET, Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
AUTISM AWARENESS NIGHT presented by Damar Services: Join DAMAR Services in support of families in Central Indiana impacted by developmental and behavorial disabilities. It’s also a Fuel Do317 Night, so kick-start your weekend with $3 beer and soft drinks, $1 hot dogs, and special $7 t-shirts courtesy of Do317!
Saturday, January 5 – Fuel at Fort Wayne (7:30 p.m. ET, Memorial Coliseum)
The Fuel wrap up a weekend 3-in-3 tripleheader with a trip to Allen County for their second showdown with the Komets in three days.
-The Fuel enter Week 13 winners of three of their last four contests, sporting a 5-2 record in seven games since Dec. 14.
-With three straight victories from Dec. 22-28, Indy matched a season-long winning streak set back from Oct. 13-20.
-Finishing a three-game homestand with a 2-1 record in Week 12, the Fuel improved their record at Indiana Farmers Coliseum to 12-5-0-0 on the season.
-Indy’s 12 wins on home ice is tied for the second-most in the ECHL, behind only the Jacksonville IceMen (15).
-Entering Week 13 with 32 points, the Fuel’s mark of 16-14-0-0 represents the club’s best start through 30 games in franchise history.
-Indy is 13-2-0-0 this season when holding a lead after two periods of play.
-The Fuel play 19 of their next 20 games against Central Division opponents.
-Forward Kevin Dufour recorded seven goals and one assist over a four-game span from Dec. 15 to Dec. 27.
-After scoring only one goal over his first 24 games this season, defenseman Alex Brooks has found the net in two of his last three outings.
-Forward Olivier Labelle has scored three goals and six assists over his last seven games.
-Matt Tomkins is tied for third among all ECHL goaltenders with 12 wins on the season.
-Tomkins has won seven of his last eight starts for Indy, posting a 2.82 goals against average and a .915 save percentage over that span.
ECHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: F Ryan Rupert (3 GP, 3 G, 1 PPG, +1)
ECHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: Matt Tomkins (2 GP, 2-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .940 SV%)
UPCOMING EVENTS & PROMOTIONS:
Fuel Holiday Hat Trick: Give the gift of Fuel hockey this season with the 2018 Fuel Holiday Hat Trick! Each package includes tickets to three exciting games at Indiana Farmers Coliseum, a Fuel knit hat, and a 5th Anniversary puck for just $50! To score your Holiday Hat Trick, visit IndyFuelHockey.com/Holidaytoday, or call the Fuel ticket office at 317-925-FUEL!
Women, Wine & Hockey: Back by popular demand – Women, Wine & Hockey with the Indy Fuel is returning on Monday, January 28! Don't miss your chance to meet Fuel players and coaches at this exciting Ladies' Night event, taking place at Daniel's Family Vineyard and Winery. For more information and to RSVP, visit IndyFuelHockey.com/wine!
Individual tickets for all Fuel home games at Indiana Farmers Coliseum are available at IndyFuelHockey.com, or by visiting the Indiana Farmers Coliseum box office. A variety of Ticket Plans are also still available for the 2018-19 season, call the Fuel ticket office at 317-925-FUEL for learn more today!
Catch every home game this season with a free online stream at IndyFuelHockey.com! Click the “Watch/Listen Live” button to hear Voice of the Fuel Andrew Smith bring you all of the action from Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Fans can also watch all 72 games at home and on the road live through ECHL.TV!
FOLLOW THE FUEL:
Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2018-19 season! Join the Fuel’s 5th Anniversary Celebration by using the hashtag #Fuel5 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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