The Indy Fuel closed out 2014 by battling back often, but Fort Wayne had an answer for each Indy rally, allowing the Komets to post a 6-3 win over Indy in Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
Nick Bruneteau and Robert Czarnik each had a goal and an assist for the Fuel, who twice answered Fort Wayne goals within 90 seconds.
Fort Wayne led 2-0 on goals by Mike Embach and Garrett Meurs in the first three minutes.
The second period featured a furious 4-goal rally. Thomas Frazee made it 3-0 midway through the second with a power play goal, but Fuel defenseman Dan Ford answered 92 seconds later with his second goal of the year. Frazee scored again 29 seconds after Ford’s goal, restoring a 4-1 lead for Fort Wayne, but Bruneteau answered just 15 seconds later to make it 4-2.
Indy tried to make a dent into the lead, outshooting the Komets 13-10 in the second. Fort Wayne’s Matthew Pistilli made it 5-2 early in the third. Czarnik answered with a PPG midway through the period, but Fort Wayne added a late empty-netter to seal it.
Frazee had two goals and an assist to lead Fort Wayne (23-6-1).
The Fuel are now 6-17-6.
Mac Carruth, making his sixth consecutive start, stopped 24 of 29 shots in the Fuel net. Pat Nagle stopped 26-of-29 for Fort Wayne.
- Thomas Frazee (FTW) 2G, A
- Garrett Meurs (FTW) G, A
- Drew Daniels (FTW) 2A
- Bruneteau notched his fourth multi-point game since the start of December with a goal and an assist. He has two goals and 14 assists on the year, and had 11 of his 16 points (1-10) in December.
- Robert Czarnik continues his torrid play around the net. Czarnik has scored in four straight games and was a point-a-game player in December (8G/4A in 12 games).
- The Fuel PP was 1-6, marking the third straight game with a power play goal. Fort Wayne was 1-5 on the power play.
- Dan Ford’s goal was his second of the season. Ford has been a solid addition to the Fuel blueline, and is a +3 with Indy in 14 games.
- Indy continues its run through the division with two games this weekend at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, hosting Toledo on Friday and Reading on Saturday.
As best as can be ascertained from the boxscore. There was a significant amount of line-juggling during the game. The Gotovets-White-Bembridge trio started the game, but the Bembridge-Cullen-Massar line was back together by the second period and scored a goal. Kirill Gotovets played both forward and defense.
Kirill Gotovets-Matt White-Garett Bembridge
Mike Duco-Robert Czarnik-Rhett Bly
Dean Chelios-Patrick Cullen-Pete Massar
Dan Ford-Justin Holl
Sam Posa-Nick Bruneteau
Dillon Fournier-Mathieu Brisebois
BU: Cody Reichard
Next up: The Fuel host Toledo on Friday, and host Reading on Saturday. Both games are 7:35 p.m. faceoffs at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. On Friday, the first 2,015 fans in attendance will receive a (very cool) Indy Fuel calendar. On Saturday, the Fuel will celebrate Blackhawks Night, with special guests Bobby Hull, Gene Honda and Jim Cornelison.