Game 14: Fuel at Reading

The Indy Fuel had one of their better defensive efforts of the season, but fell 2-1 in the second half of a back-to-back in Reading Sunday afternoon.

Reading scored two goals in the first 2:27 to take a 2-0 lead. Justin Holl scored his second goal in as many days at the 14:00 mark of the first, but Reading goaltender Martin Ouellette stopped 39 Fuel shots to give the Royals the win.

The 40 shots launched by the Fuel were a season high.

Reading’s Cam Reid scored his seventh of the season at 1:50 of the first period on the power play to give the Royals a lead. Thirty-seven seconds later, Andrew Johnston scored an even-strength goal to make it 2-0.

Holl’s goal came on the PP from Rhett Bly and Robert Czarnik — the latter adding to his team-leading point total of 14. Despite several good chances, including 19 shots in an end-to-end second period, the Fuel were unable to get the equalizer.

The Fuel are now 3-8-3 on the year.

Cody Reichard came on in relief of Sean Bonar and stopped all 30 shots he faced.

ECHL boxscore
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Three stars

  1. Martin Ouellette (REA) 39 saves, win
  2. Andrew Johnston (REA) GWG
  3. Cody Reichard (IND) 30 saves, 0 GA

Takeaways

  1. Indy is now 2-4-3 in one-goal games … factor out empty-netters, and the Fuel have played 11 one-goal games in their 14 starts. They’re right there in every contest.
  2. Indy kept pressing, launching a season-high 40 shots, including 19 in the second period.
  3. Defensemen have provided an offensive spark. Holl has now scored two goals in two games. All four Fuel goals this weekend were by players listed as defensemen — although Kirill Gotovets’ two goals came skating on the wing.
  4. More players return — Klarc Wilson made his return to the lineup after being out a couple of weeks a day after Jamie Wise returned to the lineup. Sean Bonar made his first appearance since Oct. 25, although he played just 2:27 after allowing two goals on two shots.
  5. All of the lines were active in this game — Matt White had a team-high six shots on goal. Robert Czarnik had five shots. Rhett Bly had four (as did Holl from the blueline).
  6. Czarnik’s assist gave him points in four of his last five games. He’s tallied a point in eight of the 13 games he has played.

Lineup

For the second straight game, Bembridge-White-Klotz started the game. Klarc Wilson’s return allowed the Fuel to go back to six defensemen and allow Gotovets to move back to the blueline.

Forwards: Bembridge-White-Klotz, Wilson, Cullen, Chelios, Bly, Duco, Wise, Czarnik
Defensemen: Franzon-Gotovets, Brisebois-Jones, Fournier-Holl
Goaltenders: Bonar, Reichard

Next up: The Fuel begin a three-game weekend Thursday night in Fort Wayne, before returning home Friday and Saturday to face Cincinnati, two games that will start a five-game homestand. Both of the games in Indy will begin at 7:35 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on CBS Sports 1430 AM, and the two home games will be televised on HTSN/6.2.