The Fuel Tank: One’s are Wild as Fuel go 1-1-1 over the Weekend.


The Indy Fuel missed a golden opportunity to gain some additional breathing room in the race for the playoffs, as Indy went 1-1-1 in their three-game slate over the weekend. The Fuel currently sit in fourth place of the central division, and ninth in the conference.

Game 1- Thursday, January 30th, Fuel 3 vs Kalamazoo 5

The Fuel went back and forth with the Wings in this contest. Indy jumped out to the early lead with a slap shot goal by Keoni Texeira. The lead was short-lived as Kalamazoo answered with a goal from Zach Diamontoni.  Diamontoni cashed in some loose change given up by Fuel goalie Dan Bakala. 

The tie did not last long as the Wings’ Luke Sandler snuck a wrister past Bakala. The Fuel trailed 2-1 until Alex Rauter committed an act of thievery for the Fuel’s second goal. The Fuel took back the lead with a goal from an old friend.

After the Spencer Watson goal, Fuel never led again. The Wings received back to back goals anded regained the lead 4-3. Former Indy Fuel Foward, Mattheson Iacopelli exacted his revenge on the Blackhawks organization with the fifth and final goal of the game.

Game 2- Friday, January 31st, Fuel 3 vs Cincinnati 4

In their second contest of the weekend, the Fuel jumped out to another early lead. Liam Coughlin won out a board battle and then feathered a back door pass to Michael Doherty for the first goal of the game.

The back door plays were working for the Fuel early on, with Rauter finding Spencer Watson for another tap in goal. After being staked to a two-goal lead, the Fuel started to stumble along. The Cyclones tied the game up with two goals of their own. With the score knotted at two, Jake Ryczek was gifted a squeaker by Michael Houser. The Cyclones’ Ben Johnson netted the equalizer at 10:09 past in the third period. After the game finished deadlocked at three, the Cyclones’ Tobie Bisson notched game-winner two minutes into overtime.

Game 3- Saturday, February 1st, Fuel 3 vs Toledo 2

The weekend ended for the Fuel on a positive note. Alex Rauter continued his scoring streak by delivering a goal on a two on one opportunity.

Toledo knotted the game up at one goal with a deflection goal by Troy Loggins. After a scoreless second period, Spencer Watson continued his scoring ways with the Fuel, firing a shot past goalie Billy Christopoulos. Cliff Watson put the finishing touches on the victory with a wrap-around goal. This was Cliff Watson’s first goal in a Fuel uniform and Indy finished the weekend on a winning note.

Fuel Dump:

  • Alex Rauter is riding high on a four-game point streak.
  • Liam Coughlin was recalled by the Rockford Icehogs on February 1st.
  • Indy is 20-7-3 when scoring first.
  • Spencer Watson leads the ECHL with 9 power play goals.


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