Indy Fuel Pit Stop – Week 2 (Oct. 15-21, 2018)
Fuel sweep second half of season-opening homestand; enter Week 3 in first place in the Central DivisionOct 22, 2018
INDY FUEL WEEK 2 RESULTS: (2-0-0-0, 3-1-0-0 Overall, 1st Central Division)
Friday, October 19 – Fuel 4 vs. Cincinnati 1: Another strong second period paced the Fuel to a 4-1 triumph over the Cincinnati Cyclones Friday night at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Three unanswered tallies in the middle frame – including two from Josh Shalla – helped Indy break open a 1-1 tie, while goaltender Matt Tomkins held the Cyclones at bay with 39 saves. Defenseman Robert Powers logged a goal and an assist, while Matt Rupert chipped in a goal to tie the game at one after an early first period Cincinnati strike.
Saturday, October 20 – Fuel 4 vs. Toledo 3 (OT): Quentin Shore’s goal with 12.6 seconds left in overtime capped off a dramatic last-minute comeback for the Fuel, as they knocked off the Toledo Walleye 4-3 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Shore’s game-winner came after rookie forward Brett Welychka scored a power play goal with 33 seconds left in regulation time to tie the game, after Toledo took a 3-2 lead with 59 seconds remaining on a power play of its own. Matt Tomkins picked up his third straight victory in net with a 33-save performance, while Matt Rupert and Connor Moynihan scored in the first and second periods respectively to build Indy a 2-0 lead, before the Walleye rallied to tie the game early in the third.
INDY FUEL WEEK 3 SCHEDULE:
Saturday, October 27 – Fuel at Kansas City (8:05 p.m. ET, Silverstein Eye Centers Arena)
[NEXT HOME GAME: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 VS. IDAHO]
-With a 3-1-0-0 record through Week 2, Indy is off to the best start through four games in franchise history. The Fuel’s previous high mark came in 2015-16, when they held a 2-1-1-0 mark through the first four games of the season.
-During the club’s current three game winning streak, Indy has outscored its opponents by a 9-3 margin in the second period.
-Five of the Fuel’s last seven games against Toledo (including the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs) have extended past regulation time, including each of the last three regular season meetings in Indianapolis.
-Saturday night was Indy’s first overtime win at Indiana Farmers Coliseum since a 4-3 victory over Cincinnati on March 24, 2015, snapping a four game winless skid in overtime games on home ice.
-The Fuel’s 4.25 goals scored per game is good for a tie for second-most in the ECHL, tied with the Utah Grizzlies and behind only the Jacksonville IceMen (5.00).
-After playing four straight games at home to start the season, Indy will play seven of its next 10 games on the road.
-Forward Josh Shalla (2g, 5a) has registered two points in each of his last three games, and has at least a point in all four of Indy’s games.
-Shalla’s seven points puts him in a fifth-place tie in the league scoring list, while his five assists is also tied for fifth in the ECHL.
-Forward Matt Rupert tallied his 100th career ECHL point with a goal in Friday’s win over Cincinnati, before tacking on another goal on Saturday. Following the weekend, the fourth-year pro has logged 53 goals and 48 assists in 200 ECHL contests with Indy and the Orlando Solar Bears.
-Matt Rupert and his twin brother Ryan have combined for 10 points over Indy’s last three games, with each player marking two goals and three assists.
-Rookie forward Connor Moynihan (2g, 1a) has tallied a point in three straight games to begin his professional career.
ECHL Player of the Week Nominee: F Josh Shalla (2 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 1 GWG, +2)
ECHL Goaltender of the Week Nominee: G Matt Tomkins (2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.92 GAA, .947 SV%)
UPCOMING EVENTS & PROMOTIONS:
$2 Tuesday: Start your week off with a great deal with the Fuel on $2 Tuesday on October 30 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Enjoy $2 beer and soft drinks and new $2 food specials throughout the building – including chicken fingers, mini chicken sandwiches and lamb sausages.
Fuel Feast: With the first All-You-Can-Eat night of the season coming up on November 1, save yourself a seat at the table with the Fuel Feast ticket package! At just $11 per ticket, the Fuel Feast is the perfect way to enjoy six games of great grub at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The package includes upper level seats to three games of All-You-Can-Eat hot dogs, burgers, popcorn and nachos, and three Do317 Nights – where you can take advantage of $3 beer and soda and $1 hot dogs. Call the Fuel ticket office (317-925-FUEL) for more information, or visit IndyFuelHockey.com/feast.
Pucks & Paws: Pucks & Paws returns to Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday, November 10, presented by IBEW Local #481. In what is sure to be a dog-gone good time, fans are invited to bring their pooch with them as they watch the Fuel take on the Cincinnati Cyclones! For $20, fans will receive a human ticket, a dog ticket and a Fuel dog toy courtesy of IBEW Local #481. A portion of the proceeds of every pet package will benefit local animal assistance organizations. Additional human tickets will be available for $15 apiece. Visit IndyFuelHockey.com/paws to learn more and to purchase your tickets
Fuel Zero to 60 Challenge: The Fuel are teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI) in presenting the "Zero To 60 Challenge", a joint effort to recruit 60 adult male volunteers in 4 weeks while raising awareness of the importance of mentoring. The campaign begins October 8 and runs through November 4. To get involved, visit bebigforkids.com/volunteer, or contact Rick Belbutoski, Manager of Volunteer Outreach and Engagement, at [email protected]
Indy Fuel 5K Benefitting Girls on the Run of Central Indiana: The Indy Fuel 5K retuns to Witten Park on Fishers on Nov. 10, 2018! All participants will receive a free ticket to an upcoming Fuel home game. Visit IndyFuel5K.orgfor more information and to register!
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:
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