Indy Fuel Pit Stop – Week 8 (Nov. 26 - Dec. 2, 2018)
Fuel drop two on the road against Central Division foes; four games in six nights on deck in Week 9Dec 3, 2018
INDY FUEL WEEK 8 RESULTS: (0-2-0-0, 9-10-0-0 Overall, 4th Central Division)
Friday, November 30 – Fuel 2 at Wheeling 6: The Wheeling Nailers used three second period goals to break a 1-1 stalemate on Friday night, handing the Fuel a 6-2 loss at WesBanco Arena. The Nailers outscored Indy 5-1 over the final 40 minutes of regulation, led by two goals and an assist from forward Kevin Spinozzi. Alex Brooks picked up his first goal of the season in the first period, while Radovan Bondra rounded out the offense for the Fuel, who outshot Wheeling 26-23.
Saturday, December 1 – Fuel 2 at Toledo 4: The Walleye scored twice in the first 2:05 minutes of play to grab an early lead, before hanging on to defeat the Fuel by a 4-2 count Saturday at Huntington Center. Toledo scored on three of four shots in the opening frame to take a 3-1 lead into the second period, a deficit Indy was not able to recover from. Brett Welychka tallied a first period shorthanded goal for the Fuel, while Kevin Dufour added a tally in the final minute of regulation time.
INDY FUEL WEEK 9 SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, December 4 – Fuel vs. Kansas City (7:05 p.m. ET, Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
PEPSI $2 TUESDAY – Start your week with a great deal as the Fuel take on Kansas City from Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Enjoy $2 beers and soft drinks while sampling a number of new food options – including chicken fingers, sriracha chicken sliders and lamb sausages – for just $2 each!
Friday, December 7 – Fuel at Kalamazoo (7:30 p.m. ET, Wings Event Center)
The Fuel make their first of six visits to Wings Event Center to kick off a weekend 3-in-3 road swing. Indy fared well in southwest Michigan last season, skating to a 5-2 record in seven games in Kalamazoo. The Fuel have opened the 2018-19 season series with two straight wins over the Wings, the most recent coming in a 6-3 decision on Nov. 24 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
Saturday, December 8 – Fuel at Fort Wayne (7:30 p.m. ET, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum)
Indy heads back to Allen County Saturday night for a Hoosier State showdown against Fort Wayne. The Fuel are looking for their first win of the season against the Komets after dropping the first two games of the season series, including a 5-2 setback at the Memorial Coliseum on Nov. 2.
Sunday, December 9 – Fuel at Wheeling (3:05 p.m. ET, WesBanco Arena)
The Fuel wrap up a busy week Sunday as they make their second trip to West Virginia in as many weeks to take on the Nailers. Indy and Wheeling have split the first two meetings between the Central Division rivals this season, heading into the third of nine showdowns at WesBanco Arena.
-Indy enters Week 9 with a 7-3 record this season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
-Saturday was the first time the Fuel have dropped back-to-back games since losses to Kansas City and Idaho on Oct. 27 and 30.
-In games following a loss this season, Indy has a 7-2 record.
-The Fuel’s six wins over the month of November tied a franchise high mark, set previously in both 2015-16 (6-5-1-0) and 2016-17 (6-5-0-1.
-Friday’s game in Wheeling marked the one-quarter mark of the Fuel’s 2018-19 regular season schedule. Indy’s 9-9-0-0 record (18 points) ranks as the club’s second best performance through 18 games in club history, behind the 20 points garnered in 2015-16 (9-7-2-0).
-The Fuel have been held scoreless on the power play in six consecutive games, and have not scored over their last 31 power play opportunities dating back to a 3-2 win in Utah back on November 16.
-Indy has only played in one overtime game this season (10/20, 4-3 win vs. Toledo), tied for the fewest in the ECHL along with South Carolina.
-Defenseman Zach Miskovic is two games away from playing in his 500th career professional game. Unless he misses a game, the 10-year veteran is slated to play in game No. 500 Friday night in Kalamazoo.
-Rookie forward Mathew Thompson has points in three straight games (1g, 3a).
-Forward Kevin Dufour has tallied seven goals and four assists over his last 10 outings.
-Goaltender Kevin Lankinen recorded his first career AHL victory on Sunday night, stopping 36 of 38 shots to backstop the Rockford IceHogs to a 3-2 overtime victory over the San Antonio Rampage at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Lankinen was recalled to the IceHogs from the Fuel back on Nov. 25.
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/Holiday today, or call the Fuel ticket office at 317-925-FUEL!
Pepsi $2 Tuesday: Start your week off with a great deal with the Fuel as Pepsi $2 Tuesday returns on December 4! Enjoy $2 beer and soft drinks and new $2 food specials throughout the building – including chicken fingers, mini chicken sandwiches and lamb sausages.
2018 Fuel Teddy Bear Toss presented by Indiana Farmers Insurance: The fur is ready to fly once again at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! The Teddy Bear Toss returns to Indianapolis on Saturday, December 15 as the Fuel take on the Tulsa Oilers. Bring a stuffed animal (or a bunch!) to the game to throw onto the ice when the Fuel score their first goal. All the collected critters will be donated to the RTV6 Toy Drive in time for the holiday season!
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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