After splitting with Cincinnati last weekend, the Indy Fuel are in the midst of a playoff chase and travel to Elmira for two games this weekend.
Record: 19-23-7, 6th ECHL North. Both Cincinnati and Kalamazoo played mid-week, so the Fuel are currently 1 point back of 5th place, 4 points back of K’Zoo in fourth, and 8 back of third-place Cincinnati.
Last week: The Fuel went 1-1 last weekend in Cincinnati, with the road teams winning each game. The Fuel won 3-2 in OT on Friday to extend a winning streak thttp://indypuck.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpo six, and the Cyclones answered with a 4-1 OTW on Saturday at the Coliseum. Pete Massar had a big weekend with assists on three of the Fuel’s four goals. Garett Bembridge had a goal and an assist on the weekend. Nicklas Lindberg, Rhett Bly and Mike Duco also scored. Shane Owen stopped 28 of 30 on Friday to get the win, Mac Carruth stopped 20 of 23 on Saturday in the loss.
Fuel bits: Kyle Stroh leads the ECHL with eight game-winning goals. He has six with the Fuel … Mac Carruth ranks ninth in the ECHL in GAA (2.50) and save percentage (.913). … With 23 assists, Nick Bruneteau is tied for third in the ECHL among rookies. … Pete Massar’s 10 PP assists are second among ECHL rookies. … Indy is the league’s fifth-least penalized team (13.94 PIM/game). … Indy has won seven straight road games and is 8-0-1 in the last nine contests away from home. The Fuel are now 8-11-4 on the road this season. The seven straight wins is the longest streak in the ECHL this season, and the nine straight with a point is also the longest in the ECHL on the road. … Garett Bembridge (18-18-36) is closing in on being the Fuel’s first 20-goal scorer. Sixteen of his goals have come in a Fuel sweater. Kyle Stroh is second in scoring (16-16-32) and is a point-a-game player in Indy, with nine goals and nine assists in 18 games. Bruneteau (23) is the assists leader, while Mike Duco (12-11-23) is also a double-digit goal scorer. … The Fuel are 7th in the league on the PP (19.4%) and 12th on the PK (83.2%)
This week’s games
Friday/Saturday: at Elmira Jackals (26-19-5), 7:05 p.m., First Arena. Radio: WXNT-1430
Season series: Fuel lead 1-0-0
Previous meetings: 1/31 at IND: Fuel 3-0. The Fuel and Jackals meet up for the second and third times this season, and the first in upstate New York. The fourth and final meeting will be on Easter Sunday at the Coliseum. Indy started its recently-snapped six-game winning streak with that 3-0 win on Jan. 31, with Mac Carruth stopping 41 shots to get the shutout. Garett Bembridge, Kirill Gotovets and Justin Holl all scored for the Fuel, who won despite being outshot 41-18. It was also a physical game, with three different sets of fighting majors handed out. … Elmira went from that game to win three straight, but has lost the last two, including its only game last weekend, a 7-3 loss to Reading on Valentine’s Day. Ryan Rashid had a goal and an assist and Travis Fullerton allowed seven goals on 33 shots, including four power play goals. … Sam Marotta ranks 10th in the ECHL in GAA (2.50) and is tied with Mac Carruth for ninth in save percentage (.913). Fullerton is 16th in GAA (2.64), and is 16-6-4. … Steven Shamanski is tied for fourth among ECHL defensemen with five PP goals. He leads the Jackals in scoring (11-17-28). Mike Seidel (15-12-27) is the leading scoring forward and top goals corer. Taylor Stefishen (11-16-27) and Matt Tassone (14-12-26) lead a balanced attack. … Elmira is the league’s fourth-most penalized team (21.86 PIM/game) and is second in the league in major penalties with 62. Only Colorado (69) has more majors. … Elmira is 14-7-2 at home. … If the game goes beyond 60, both teams are good in the 4-on-4 session. Elmira is 4-0 in OT, but just 1-5 in shootouts. … The Fuel are 4-4 in OT, but have won four straight overtime games. … The Jackals are 8th in the league on the PP (19.1%) but 26th on the PK (79.3%). … Elmira is the lone team in the ECHL to not allow a shorthanded goal this season. … Elmira is the ECHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres and AHL Rochester Americans.
Roster moves: The Fuel were again reassigned D Nick Jones from AHL Worcester. D Adam McKenzie, who played the two games last weekend, was waived.
Current unofficial 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)
11 Kyle Stroh (6-1, 185, Vibank, Sask.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. Last team: Rapid City Rush (ECHL) (Fuel)
12 Evan Vossen (6-0, 196, Swift Current, Sask.). Age: 28. Shoots: L. Last team: Missouri Mavericks (ECHL) (Fuel)
*14 (C) Mike Duco (5-10, 200, Toronto, Ont.). Age: 27. Shoots: R. Last team: Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL) (Fuel)
16 Pete Massar (5-9, 180, Williston, Vt.). Age: 25. Shoots: R. Last team: Missouri Mavericks (CHL) (Fuel) F
*19 Nicklas Lindberg (5-11, 190, Stockholm, Sweden). Age: 34. Shoots: L. Last team: St. Charles Chill (CHL) (Fuel)
20 Matt White (6-2, 198, McMurray, Pa.). Age: 23. Shoots: L. Last team: Vermont (NCAA) (Fuel)
21 Johnny McGuire (6-1, 205, Peterborough, Ont.). Age: 21. Shoots: R. Last team: Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) (Fuel)
27 Vincent Arseneau (6-2, 200, Iles-de-la-Madeline, Quebec). Age: 22. Shoots: L. Last team: Ontario Reign (ECHL) (Manchester Monarchs)
*41 (A) Garett Bembridge (6-0, 180, Saskatoon, Sask.). Age: 33. Shoots: R. Last team: Missouri Mavericks (ECHL) (Fuel)
*88 (A) Garrett Klotz (6-6, 250, Regina, Sask.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. Last team: Allen Americans (CHL) (Fuel) F
2 Anders Franzon (6-3, 196, Plattsburgh, NY). Age: 26. 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, 200, Cranberry, Pa.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. Last team: Worcester Sharks (AHL) (Worcester Sharks)
10 Dan Ford (6-1, 195, Skaneateles, NY). Age: 24. Shoots: L. Last team: Reading Royals (ECHL) (Fuel)
15 Sam Posa (5-10, 176, Grand Blanc, Mich.). Age: 22. Shoots: L. Last team: University of Windsor (OUAA) (Fuel)
25 Justin Holl (6-3, 195, Tonka Bay, Minn.). Age: 23. Shoots: R. Last team: Minnesota (NCAA) (Rockford IceHogs)
1 Shane Owen (6-2, 195, Markham, Ont.). Age: 24. Catches: L. Last team: Stockton Thunder (ECHL) (Fuel)
35 Mac Carruth (6-2, 160, Jackson, Wyo.). Age: 22. Catches: L. Last team: Rockford IceHogs (AHL) (Blackhawks)
21-day IR (1)
22 Jonathan Parker (5-10, 195, Solana Beach, Calif.). Age: 23. Shoots: R. Last team: Colorado Eagles (ECHL) (Fuel)
In AHL: Jamie Wise (Rockford), Dillon Fournier (Rockford), Kirill Gotovets (Rockford)
Coming up: Next week, the Fuel host Kalamazoo on Feb. 25, before heading to Fort Wayne for two games Feb. 27-28.