Fuel weekly preview

The Indy Fuel had a successful 2-0-0 start to the season, and now head to Fort Wayne for two games in the second week.

Last week: The Fuel beat Toledo 3-2 in a shootout, in a game that featured four first-period goals, and then a goaltending duel between Indy’s Shane Owen and Toledo’s Jeff Lerg for the remaining two periods, plus the first 3-on-3 overtime in the ECHL. Alex Lavoie had two assists, while Dylan Clarke and Garett Bembridge had the tallies. Clarke also added an assist. Owen made 29 saves in the victory. On Saturday, the Fuel beat Evansville 3-1, with Lavoie and Kyle Stroh giving Indy a 2-0 lead and Daniel Ciampini finishing off a two-point night with an empty-netter. Mac Carruth stopped 33 of 34 shots. Lavoie (G/2A), Clarke (G/A), Ciampini (G/A) and Bembridge (G/A) lead the team in scoring. Indy is 2-3 (67%) on the PP, and 8-9 (89%) on the PK.

This week
Friday: at Fort Wayne Komets, 8 p.m. (Radio: WXNT-1430)
Saturday: at Fort Wayne Komets, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WXNT-1430)
This season:
 First meetings
All-time: Fuel trail 3-6-2
The rivalry is rekindled with a trip up I-69 for the first two of 11 meetings between the Fuel and Komets. The third will come next Friday when the Fuel return home. The Fuel played well in Fort Wayne last year, going 2-3-1 but most of the contests in the Allen County Coliseum were close. The Komets also had a strong start, sweeping Kalmazoo 5-3 and 3-1 in a home-and-home. D-man Drew Daniels had four assists in the two games. F Garrett Thompson had a goal and two assists in the 5-3 win on Friday. Shawn Szydlowski (2G/A), Peter Sivak (G/2A) and Trevor Cheek (2G) also had strong weekends offensively. Fort Wayne started Pat Nagle in goal both games, and he stopped 53 of 57 shots. Fort Wayne is 2-8 (25%) on the PP, and 8-10 (80%) on the PK.

Roster moves: On Monday, the Fuel announced that Rockford has assigned D Dillon Fournier to Indy, and called D Sam Jardine up to Rockford. Jardine had an assist in two games with the Fuel last weekend. Fournier is a 2012 second-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Updated roster

Forwards (11)

  • (V) Garett Bembridge (6-0, 180, Saskatoon, Sask.). Age: 34. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Rhett Bly (5-10, 185, Regina, Sask.). Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (V) Josh Brittain (6-5, 220, Milton, Ont.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Ontario Reign (ECHL).
  • (RFD/R) Daniel Ciampini (5-11, 185, Concord, Ont.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Union College (NCAA)/Worcester Sharks (AHL)
  • Dylan Clarke (6-2, 174, Belleville, Ont.). Age: 29. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Rapid City Rush (ECHL)
  • (RFD/R) Chris DeSousa (5-9, 190, Mississauga, Ont.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: U. of Prince Edward Island (CIS)/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Alex Lavoie (5-10, 170, Anjou, Que.). Age: 22. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
  • (R) Peter Schneider (5-11, 191, Vienna, Austria). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Notre Dame (NCAA)/Indy Fuel (ECHL).
  • (R) Cody Sharib (6-2, 220, Needham, Mass.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Connecticut (NCAA)
  • Kyle Stroh (6-1, 185, Vibank, Sask.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL).
  • Matt White (6-2, 196, McMurray, Pa.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)

Defensemen (6)

  • Anders Franzon (6-3, 196, Plattsburgh, NY). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (CHI) Dillon Fournier (6-2, 187, Montreal, Quebec). Age: 21. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)/Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
  • (R) Ben Marshall (5-9, 179, Mahtomedi, Minn). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Minnesota (NCAA).
  • (RFD/R) Nick Mattson (6-1, 184, Chanhassen, Minn.). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: North Dakota (NCAA)
  • (V) Zach Miskovic (6-0, 183, River Forest, Ill.). Age: 30. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
  • (V) Kevin Quick (6-0, 181, Buffalo, NY). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Dundee Stars (EIHL).

Goaltenders (2)

  • (RFD) Mac Carruth (6-3, 182, Jackson, Wyo.). Age: 23. Catches: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)/Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
  • Shane Owen (6-2, 195, Markham, Ont.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL).

Reserve (2)

  • F-(R) Reed Seckel (5-10, 182, Melvin, Mich.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Northern Michigan (NCAA)/Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
  • D-(R) Patrick Koudys (6-3, 210, Smithville, Ont.). Age: 22. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Penn State (NCAA).

Injured reserve (1)

  • D-(V) David Pszenyczny (6-0, 190, Sterling Heights, Mich.). Age: 30. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Tulsa Oilers (ECHL)

R-Rookie (25 or fewer pro games prior to 2015-16)
V-Veteran (260 or more pro games prior to 2015-16)
RFD-Assigned to Fuel by AHL Rockford IceHogs
CHI-Assigned to Fuel by NHL Chicago Blackhawks

Looking ahead: The Fuel conclude the four-game road swing Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Kalamazoo for the only meeting between the two teams this season, then return home Oct. 30 to face Fort Wayne.

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