The Fuel also got better as the game went on, dominating the early part of the third period. In the first seven minutes, the Fuel had two goals, a 9-1 shot advantage and a power play. They were outshot 32-29, but the Fuel held a 12-9 shot advantage in the third period.
Mac Carruth – a Blackhawks prospect and 2010 7th round draft pick — got his first start for the Fuel and was stellar, making 31 saves and keeping the Aces out of the net with some big first-period saves.
The Fuel goals came on a shot from the right circle from Duco. The former NHL player scored his first preseason goal for the Fuel, ripping a wrist shot past Alaska goaltender Niklas Lundstrom at 8:48 of the second. The goal came less than two minutes after Alaska’s Justin Breton scored on a breakaway during a 4-on-4 situation. Duco’s goal was listed as unassisted, although he was fed by Brett Perlini. In the third, Bly scored unassisted on a wrist shot. His second goal in as many nights came 5:13 in and turned out to be the game-winner for the second straight night. A minute later, the Fuel went on the power play, and Mathieu Brisebois made Alaska pay by burying a long shot that made it 3-1 just 1:37 after Bly’s goal. Duco and Perlini assisted on the goal.
The Fuel were 1-2 on the PP, and did not go on the PK.
3 stars (from Fuel radio)
1. Mike Duco (IND) G, A
2. Rhett Bly (IND) GWG
3. Mac Carruth (IND) 31 saves, 1 GA, win
Next up: The final preseason game will be at home Sunday vs. Evansville at the Coliseum. 3:05 p.m. puck drop. Tickets are $10, and the game will include an autograph session and a postgame skate. Broadcast will be on WXNT-1430.
- The Duco-Perlini-Massar line established itself well. Perlini, who had five shots on Tuesday, had six tonight. The trio combined for 10 of the Fuel’s 29 shots — Duco had three shots, a goal and an assist. Duco and Perlini assisted on Brisebois’ power play goal in the third. Secondary scoring is critical, and to get goals from Rhett Bly’s line will be critical. Bly and Matt White each had three shots.
- Special teams have looked solid so far — the Fuel are 2-6 on the PP so far. They were 2-3 on the PK last night, but didn’t have to deploy the PK unit.
- To have two separate goaltenders and two almost completely-different sets of defensemen hold a powerful team to two goals in two nights is a testament to the Fuel’s depth and goaltending strength.
- The Fuel had a great opportunity to evaluate players. Now, there is one week before rosters have to be turned in. The team will get back on the ice Friday after a travel day on Thursday.
As of the first period, as best as the line combinations could be deduced from a radio broadcast
The D pairings were much more mix-and-match