Game 50: Fuel at Elmira

Another solid defensive effort, an outstanding goaltending performance and a late-game rally allowed the Indy Fuel to steal a point Friday night in Elmira.

Indy eventually fell 2-1 in a shootout to the Jackals. The teams play again Saturday in Elmira.

The Fuel saw a seven-game road winning streak snapped, but extended their ECHL-best streak of road games without a regulation loss to 10, going 8-0-2 in that stretch.

Pete Massar scored with 2:44 left to tie the game up and send it to OT. After going scoreless in the five-minute extra session, Elmira scored on all three shootout attempts, while the Fuel missed on all three.

Shane Owen made 36 saves in the Indy net.

After a scoreless first period, Elmira took a 1-0 lead in the second on defenseman Kevin Hart’s second goal of the year. The Jackals outshot the Fuel 14-4 in the second period, but Owen’s solid goaltending kept Indy in it.

The Fuel turned the tables in the third, outshooting the Jackals 10-8 and getting the tying goal. Elmira held a 38-23 shot advantage for the game.

Boxscore

3 stars

  1. Travis Fullerton (ELM) 22 saves, win
  2. Matt Tassone (ELM) assist, +1, 6 shots
  3. Kevin Hart (ELM) goal, +1

Takeaways

  1. Not only did the Fuel extend their road point streak, they’re now 13-2-2 in their last 17.
  2. Massar continues to find the scoresheet. He has now tallied a point in three straight games, five of the last six and eight of the last 10. In the Fuel’s last 10 games, he has two goals and seven assists, and is 7-13-20 for the season.
  3. Owen has been very good with the Fuel (4-2-2, 1.73 GAA). His 36 saves tonight were a high since coming to the Fuel. In his last three starts, he has allowed just four goals and has a .963 save percentage.
  4. Nick Jones and Nicklas Lindberg had the assists on Massar’s goal. Jones now has six assists in eight games since being recalled to the Fuel on Jan. 23 (although he missed last week’s games as he was in Worcester). Lindberg has three goals and three assists in February’s six games, including tallying at least a point in four of the six.
  5. Tonight’s game snapped a string of five straight OT/SO wins by the Fuel. Indy had won four straight in OT and also had a shootout win. The Fuel are now 2-4 in shootouts.
  6. Garrett Klotz returned to the lineup for the first time since Feb. 7 and dropped the gloves with Elmira’s Justin Sawyer in the first period.
  7. Indy was 0-2 on the PK, but killed all four Elmira PPs.

Lineup
Based on the gamesheet

Mike Duco-Nicklas Lindberg-Pete Massar
Vincent Arseneau-Kyle Stroh-Garett Bembridge
Evan Vossen-Matt White-Rhett Bly
Garrett Klotz

Sam Posa-Nick Bruneteau
Justin Holl-Nick Jones
Dan Ford-Anders Franzon

Shane Owen
BU: Mac Carruth

Scratches: Dean Chelios, Johnny McGuire

Standings watch: The Fuel gained a point on idle Wheeling tonight and moved into a fifth-place tie with the Nailers. Cincinnati dropped a 3-1 game to Toledo, allowing the Fuel to gain a point on the third-place Cyclones. Kalamazoo snapped Reading’s long streak with a 4-1 win. The Fuel are now tied with Wheeling for fifth place with 46 points, although the Nailers have three games in hand. Indy is five points back of fourth-place Kalamazoo and six back of third-place Cincinnati.

Next up: The Fuel finish the second of the two road games in Elmira with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop on Saturday.