The Indy Fuel’s second home game saw the team battle and battle — rallying from two two-goal deficits to tie the game and send it
into overtime, but old friend Eric Kattelus scored 1:10 into the extra session to give the Kalamazoo Wings a 5-4 OT win over the Fuel.
Indy is now 0-1-1-1 on the season, having gained a point out of two of its three games. All three have been decided by one goal. Kattelus’ goal was his second of the game, as he opened the scoring with a power play goal 2:38 into the game, shortly after jumping out of the penalty box. The Fuel had to rally often — Rhett Bly scored out of a goalmouth scramble to tie the game at 1-1 at 7:22 of the first, but the tie lasted just 44 seconds, when Kalamazoo’s Lane Scheidl gave the Wings the lead, and Ray Kaunisto made it 3-1 with a PPG late in the first.
The Fuel clawed back in late in the first – Robert Czarnik scored his third of the season. And, after Kalamazoo made it 4-2 in the opening 90 seconds of the second – chasing starter Sean Bonar – Brett Perlini ripped a snipe from the high slot into the top corner of the net. Just 1:03 later, Patrick Cullen fired and scored from the left half-wall to make it a 4-4 game. While eight goals were scored in the opening half of the contest, the two goaltenders — Kalamazoo’s Joel Martin and the Fuel’s Cody Reichard — held the fort the rest of the way. Indy survived an early Kalamazoo push and dominated the second period territorially, outshooting the K-Wings 16-7 in the middle frame. There was no scoring in a third period that featured several end-to-end rushes and saw Reichard come up big twice.
The Fuel had the first shot of OT, but Kattelus was able to score in traffic on Kalamazoo’s first chance.
- Brett Perlini (IND) goal, assist
- Anders Franzon (IND) 2 assists
- Sacha Guimond (KAL) 3 assists
- While the Fuel have yet to be on the right side of the scoreboard, they’re right there. Three one-goal losses, two tied at the end of regulation, should give fans a lot of optimism.
- Robert Czarnik has now extended his scoring streak to three games, as he potted the Fuel’s second goal. He was also on the ice for three Fuel goals and was a +3 on the day. Garrett Klotz, Jamie Wise and Anders Franzon were all +2.
- It’ll be hard to see a more goal-scorer’s dream than Perlini’s snipe that cut the Wings lead to 4-3. After a good cycle by the Fuel, he took a feed from Justin Holl in the high slot, had time, picked his corner and fired it into the high-glove netting.
- Reichard, making his second regular-season appearance for the Fuel, looked sharp, stopping the first 17 shots he faced in 40 minutes of action, including several at point-blank range late in the third period.
- Rhett Bly got his first career goal as a pro in the first period. He was strong on the puck in traffic on the rush and had a solid possession game.
- Patrick Cullen joins the number of Fuel players with multiple goals, firing one from the left half-wall that was perfectly-placed.
- Wise, Matt White and Brett Perlini each had 5 shots to lead the Fuel, who were outshot 37-34.
Mike Duco-Brett Perlini-Pete Massar
Jamie Wise-Rhett Bly-Robert Czarnik
Klarc Wilson/Patrick Cullen-Matt White-Garrett Klotz
Mathieu Brisebois-Anders Franzon
Kirill Gotovets-Justin Holl
Nick Jones-Dillon Fournier
The Fuel continue a four-games-in-five-nights stretch Friday when they host the Missouri Mavericks at 7:35 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. It’s “Pink in the Rink” night at the Coliseum. Fans are encouraged to wear pink & will receive complimentary pink thundersticks. The Fuel will team up with Susan G. Komen Central Indiana to support breast cancer research. After an 8:15 p.m. Saturday game in Evansville, the Fuel return home Sunday to face the Fort Wayne Komets at 3:05 p.m. All games are broadcast by CBS Sports Radio 1430 AM. All home games are also televised on HTSN-6.2.