Third Period Explosion Hands Indy Win Over Fort Wayne
Three goal third period lifts Indy over the Fort Wayne KometsFeb 9, 2020
INDIANAPOLIS – Closing out the weekend with their third game in three days, the Indy Fuel hosted their I-69 rival Fort Wayne Komets. Trailing 2-1 after the first period, the Fuel exploded in the third period, scoring three goals and taking all six possible points this weekend.
Taking the early lead, Fort Wayne took advantage of their first power play off of a Derian Plouffe interference penalty. Receiving a pass from Matthew Boudens, Max Gottlieb one-timed a shot over the shoulder of a screened Dan Bakala, giving Fort Wayne a 1-0 lead. Anthony Petruzzelli scored the Komets second goal firing a wrist shot past Bakala. Cutting the Komets lead in half, a shot fired by Jake Ryczek was deflected by Mathieu Foget, sending Fort Wayne into the locker room up 2-1.
After being outshot for the majority of the period, Indy’s Joe Sullivan forced a turnover to Michael Doherty, who would beat Cole Kehler with a wrist shot from the slot, sending the teams into the locker room tied 2-2 after 40 minutes.
Taking the early lead in the third period, Indy’s Nathan Noel jumped on an odd-man rush and put a backhand shot over the shoulder of Kehler making it 3-2 for the Fuel. Jake Ryczek doubled the Fuel lead, capitalizing on an odd-man rush and beating Kehler with a slap shot. Deflecting a point shot by Cliff Watson, Ryan Van Stralen would put the game away and hand Indy a 5-2 win.
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