The Fuel have a very light week, playing just one game – Saturday night at home against Wheeling. The Fuel and Nailers played each other on Sunday, capping a weekend where the Fuel played two close goad games, falling 3-1 in Cincinnati and 4-3 in Wheeling. Find out a lot more in the game notes.
Record: 2-5-2-1, 7th North
Looking back: The Fuel dropped two close games on the road, falling 3-1 in Cincinnati and 4-3 in Wheeling. In both games, the Fuel entered the third period tied 1-1 before the hosts scored the game-winners. Brett Perlini scored a goal against Cincinnati. Patrick Cullen and Robert Czarnik each had a goal and an assist against Wheeling. Mathieu Brisebois had an assist in each game. The Fuel have now played 10 games. Discounting empty-netters, eight have been decided by one goal.
This week’s games
Saturday vs. Wheeling Nailers (5-3-0-0, t3rd North), 7:35 p.m. Fairgrounds Coliseum (TV: HTSN, Radio: WXNT-1430, CBSSports1430.com): This will be the Fuel’s second consecutive game against Wheeling, after having fallen to the Nailers 4-3. Goaltender Frankie Palazzese had 35 saves to lead Wheeling, and Riley Brace had two goals and an assist. Zach Torquato had a goal and an assist in that game. Patrick Cullen and Robert Czarnik each had a goal and an assist for the Fuel and Cody Reichard stopped 23 shots. Brace had three multi-point games last week and has 14 points (5G/9A). He is tied for the ECHL scoring lead. Wheeling will be playing its second straight game when it comes to the Coliseum, hosting Orlando on Friday night before coming to Indy to face the Fuel. Wheeling’s PP is ranked fourth in the ECHL (8-25, 24.0%). The PK is ranked fifth (32-36, 88.9%), including 23-24 on the road. Interestingly, this game matches the team that has played the most OT/SO games (the Fuel, who are 1-3 in games that have gone past regulation) against the team that has played the fewest — Wheeling is the one Eastern Conference team to not have a game go past regulation. The game is Military Appreciation Night.
Of note: The Fuel PK had been 18-of-19 before Wheeling scored on two of its three opportunities on Sunday. The Fuel PP was 2-for-6 over the weekend, scoring a PPG in each of the two games. … Robert Czarnik now has six goals, tied for fifth in the ECHL … Czarnik’s three PPGs are tied for the ECHL lead. … Patrick Cullen is tied for 10th among ECHL rookies with eight points (5G/3A). … Mathieu Brisebois is tied for fifth in defenseman scoring with seven points (1G/6A), and tied for second with PP assists (3). Nick Jones is tied for ninth with six points (1G/5A). … The Fuel PP is ranked 5th in the ECHL (9-39, 23.1%). The PK is 24-31 (77.4%), although they are 20-23 (86.9%) in the last seven games. … The Fuel have outscored teams 20-19 in the first two periods.
Looking ahead: The Fuel return home on Wednesday, Nov. 19 against the Orlando Solar Bears. It’s Orlando’s lone visit to Indy. The team will then head back out on a three-game roadtrip, with a Saturday-Sunday visit to Wheeling (Nov. 22-23) and a Thanksgiving-night visit to Fort Wayne before returning home Nov. 28-29 to face Cincinnati in back-to-back games Thanksgiving weekend.
Moves: The Fuel made a handful of roster moves last week. On Saturday, Kirill Gotovets was moved from reserve to the 21-day IR list. On Sunday, forward Kyle Gibbons was signed. The 23-year-old played 10 games for the Toledo Walleye last season, with three assists. He also tallied 57 goals and 72 assists in 152 college games at Canisius. Tuesday PM edit: The Fuel announced Tuesday that goaltender Mac Carruth had been reassigned to AHL Rockford by the Blackhawks, and defenseman Ildar Telyakov had been placed on 21-day IR. Later Tuesday, the Fuel announced the team had acquired veteran Garrett Bembridge from Missouri in exchange for future considerations. Bembridge is the team’s third veteran, a 33-year-old winger who is in his 15th pro season, and has been drafted twice, by the Calgary Flames and New York Rangers. Bembridge scored 42 goals and had 104 points for the CHL’s Denver Cutthroats last season. He had six points in seven games for Missouri. Goaltender Jordan Tibbett has also been added as an emergency backup.
Updated Fuel roster
7 Dean Chelios (6-2, 185, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. Last team: Toledo Walleye (ECHL) (Fuel)
9 Rhett Bly (5-10, 185, Regina, Sask.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. Last team: Merrimack (NCAA) (Fuel)
10 Kyle Gibbons (6-1, 185, Westlake, Ont.). Age: 23. Shoots: R. Last team: Canisius (NCAA) (Fuel)
11 Brett Perlini (6-0, 202, Sault Ste Marie, Ont.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. Last team: Toledo Walleye (ECHL) (Fuel)
12 Klarc Wilson (6-2, 206, Edmonton, Alb.). Age: 21. Shoots: R. Last team: Prince George Cougars (WHL) (Fuel)
*14 (C) Mike Duco (5-10, 200, Toronto, Ont.). Age: 27. Shoots: R. Last team: Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) (Fuel)
18 Jamie Wise (6-0, 205, Stouffville, Ont.). Age: 23. Shoots: R. Last team: Ryerson (OUAA) (Rockford IceHogs)
19 Patrick Cullen (5-11, 189, Washington, DC). Age: 25. Shoots: L. Last team: Dresden (Germany-2) (Fuel)
20 Matt White (6-2, 198, McMurray, Pa.). Age: 23. Shoots: L. Last team: Vermont (NCAA) (Fuel)
27 Robert Czarnik (6-0, 188, Detroit, Mich.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. Last team: Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) (Fuel)
*88 (A) Garrett Klotz (6-6, 250, Regina, Sask.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. Last team: Allen Americans (CHL) (Fuel)
*NA Garrett Bembridge (6-0, 180, Saskatoon, Sask.). Age: 33. Shoots: R. Last team: Missouri Mavericks (ECHL) (Fuel)
2 Anders Franzon (6-3, 196, Plattsburgh, NY). Age: 25. Shoots: R. Last team: Missouri Mavericks (CHL) (Fuel)
4 Nick Bruneteau (5-10, 182, Omaha, Neb.). Age: 22. Shoots: R. Last team: Reading Royals (ECHL) (Fuel)
5 Nick Jones (6-2, 195, Cranberry Twp., Pa.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. Last team: Ontario Reign (ECHL) (Worcester Sharks)
6 Mathieu Brisebois (5-11, 180, Mont St-Hilaire, Que.). Age: 22. Shoots: R. Last team: Rockford IceHogs (AHL) (Blackhawks)
23 Dillon Fournier (6-2, 187, Montreal, Que.). Age: 20. Shoots: L. Last team: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) (Blackhawks)
25 Justin Holl (6-3, 195, Tonka Bay, Minn.). Age: 22. Shoots: R. Last team: Minnesota (NCAA) (Rockford IceHogs)
1 Cody Reichard (5-11, 165, Celina, Ohio). Age: 27. Catches: L. Last team: Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) (Fuel)
30 Jordan Tibbett (6-1, 185, Indianapolis). Age: 24. Catches: L. Last team: Mercyhurst (NCAA) (Fuel)
30 Sean Bonar (6-1, 175, Delta, BC). Age: 23. Catches: L. Last team: Princeton (NCAA) (Fuel)
15 Travis Ouellette (5-11, 165, Windsor, Ont.). Age: 25. Shoots: R. Last team: Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL) (Fuel) F
16 Pete Massar (5-9, 180, Williston, Vt.). Age: 25. Shoots: R. Last team: Missouri Mavericks (CHL) (Fuel) F
21-day IR (3)
8 Ildar Telyakov (6-9, 216, St. Petersburg, Russia). Age: 23. Shoots: L. Last team: St. Charles Chill (CHL) (Fuel) D
21 Johnny McGuire (6-1, 205, Peterborough, Ont.). Age: 21. Shoots: R. Last team: Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) (Fuel) F
24 Kirill Gotovets (5-11, 194, Minsk, Belarus). Age: 23. Shoots: L. Last team: Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) (Rockford IceHogs) D