Tonight was a year in the making, but what a spectacular evening! Everything was perfect except the final result.
The Indy Fuel era opened with an amazing laser show, the sellout crowd of 6,477 roaring through Jim Cornielson’s anthem, and a lot of fireworks in the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
The Fuel opened their history with a 5-4 shootout loss to the Fort Wayne Komets.
Mathieu Brisebois had a goal and an assist for the Fuel. Patrick Cullen scored with a minute to go, tipping in Brisebois’ shot to tie the game and send it to a shootout.
The team came out roaring, outshooting Fort Wayne 11-6 in the opening period and building a 2-0 lead after one and a 3-0 edge after two. Mathieu Brisebois scored the first goal in franchise history at 10:48 of the first. Pete Massar made it 2-0 later in the period on a wraparound goal. The Fuel led 3-0 after two when Robert Czarnik cashed in a give-and-go from Rhett Bly.
Fort Wayne responded with three goals in 3:23 to tie the game in the opening minutes of the third, and then took the lead in the opening half of the period.
In the shootout, Fort Wayne outscored the Fuel 3-2 in a nine-round event. Eric Faille scored the winner.
Mac Carruth had 20 saves for the Fuel, who outshot Fort Wayne 36-25.
- The Fuel had a great opening and a sellout crowd for the first game, and the rivalry with the Komets is on, again!
- Mathieu Brisebois and Pete Massar had a goal and an assist each and the Fuel dominated the first two periods of the game. Brisebois leads a solid Fuel blueline.
- The Fuel dominated the first two periods, but showed strong resolve after Fort Wayne took the lead with a four-goal flurry in the third.
- Firsts: Goal-Mathieu Brisebois; Assist-Mike Duco; Penalty-Justin Holl.
Next up:The Fuel travel to Fort Wayne for a 7:35 p.m. Saturday game. The next home game is Wednesday against Kalamazoo. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m.