Game 12: Orlando at Fuel

The Orlando Solar Bears’ lone trip to the Coliseum yielded a 4-1 victory for the visitors over the Indy Fuel Wednesday night.

Matt White had the night’s highlight, a shorthanded goal with 50 seconds left in the second period. It marked White’s second SHG of the season.

  1. Fuel goaltender Mac Carruth returned to the team after being reassigned by the Blackhawks, and made 38 saves.

Orlando used a strong start to outshoot the Fuel 15-1 in the first, but Carruth was strong and stopped 14, with Carl Nielsen’s goal the lone tally. Orlando added three more goals in the second, from Denver Manderson, Greg Miller and Jake Parenteau.

Orlando is now 8-6-2.

The game marked a revival of an old IHL rivalry between teams from the two cities, and also marked the return of former IHL Ice player Vince Williams to Indy. Williams is now Orlando’s head coach.

The Fuel (3-6-3) will hit the road for three games, starting with a Saturday-Sunday back-to-back in Reading, and concluding with a Thanksgiving trip to Fort Wayne. The Fuel return home Friday-Saturday, Nov. 28-29, to host Cincinnati.

IndyFuelHockey.com game story
ECHL boxscore

3 stars

  1. Maxime Clement (ORL) 21 saves, win
  2. Denver Manderson (ORL) GWG, A, +2
  3. Greg Miller (ORL) G A, +3, 4 shots

Takeaways

  1. The Fuel continue to be strong shorthanded. Matt White notched his second shorty of the year Wednesday night. Patrick Cullen also has a SHG this season – assisted by White.  The PK was also 2-2.
  2. Carruth returning gives the Fuel a solid 1-2 punch at goal with himself and Cody Reichard to split the starts. His 38 saves were a season-high for a Fuel netminder.
  3. Showing the team’s penchant for being in close games, Wednesday’s loss was only the third game this season for the Fuel that was decided by more than one goal (factoring out empty-netters).
  4. The team is beginning to recover a bit from its injury bug. Captain Mike Duco returned to the lineup. The team again dressed seven defensemen.
  5. Not only did he score, but Matt White led the Fuel with four shots. Kyle Gibbons had three.

Moves: The Fuel have made a handful of roster moves in recent days. Travis Ouellette and goaltender Sean Bonar were moved to the 21-day IR list. Mac Carruth was reassigned from Rockford, and emergency backup Jason Torf was released after the weekend’s games.

Next up: The Fuel travel to Reading on Friday/Saturday to face the Royals (6-5-0).