Fuel weekly preview

The Indy Fuel enter the third week of the season with a 2-1-1 record after taking a point in two close games in Fort Wayne last week. This week, they make their only trip to Kalamazoo this season, then return home to face Fort Wayne for the third of 11 games this year.

Current record: 2-1-1, 5 points, 3rd Midwest Division; t7th Western Conference

Last week: The Fuel went 0-1-1 in Fort Wayne, falling 3-0 in a goaltenders duel on Friday, before dropping a 6-5 shootout in OT on Saturday. On Friday, Shane Owen was spectacular, but was outdueled by Fort Wayne’s Spencer Martin in net in a game that was 1-0 before two late empty-netters sealed it. Owen stopped 26 of 27 shots on Friday night. On Saturday, Dylan Clarke had a goal and three assists, Rhett Bly two goals and Kevin Quick two assists in the loss. Clarke’s PPG midway through the third gave Indy a 5-4 lead after the Fuel trailed 4-2 in the second, but the Komets scored late in the third with the goaltender pulled to send it into OT. Bly’s first goal came on the first penalty shot in Fuel history. Mac Carruth made 47 saves in the loss, the most in the ECHL in a game this year. Over the weekend, the Fuel were 1-for-7 on the PP and 7-for-8 on the PK.

Fuel bits: Shane Owen is currently sixth in the ECHL with a 1.45 GAA. He is fourth among players who have played at least two games with a .948 save percentage in two starts. … Bly’s successful penalty shot against Pat Nagle on Saturday is the only penalty shot in the ECHL this season. … Clarke (2-4-6) is the Fuel’s leading scorer, with Garett Bembridge (2-1-3) and Alex Lavoie (1-2-3) following. Bly and Kyle Stroh have two goals each. … The Fuel rank third in the ECHL on the PP (3-10, 30%) and 11th on the PK (15-17, 89.2%). … Indy is in the middle of the pack in scoring (2.75 goals/game, 16th in the ECHL) and goals against (3.00 goals against/game, 14th in the ECHL).

This week
Tuesday: at Kalamazoo Wings (0-4-0), 7 p.m. (Radio: WXNT-1430)
This season:
First (and only) meeting
All-time series: Fuel lead 3-2-1 (0-2-0 at Kalamazoo)
The Fuel and K-Wings played often last season as they were in the same division, but now are in opposite conferences and only play each other once despite being relatively close geographically. Kalamazoo is one of four teams in the ECHL still seeking its first victory. Last week, the Wings lost 4-1 to Toledo at home, then dropped a 5-2 decision in Cincinnati. Forwards Justin Kovacs, Tyler Shattock and Alex Mallet had the goals in the three games. Veteran Joel Martin played both games in net and stopped 65 of 73 shots. He has played every minute in net this season, and has a 3.58 GAA. … Kalamazoo was outshot 74-40 in the two games last weekend. … Steve McCarthy (0-3-3) leads the Wings in scoring, and seven different players have scored theirHe seven goals. … The Wings are 20th on the PP (10.5%) and 27th on the PK (66.7%). … With seven goals in four games, they are 27th in the league in scoring (1.75/game). They are also 27th in goals allowed (4.25/game). … Kalamazoo is the affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, although the K-Wings also have been assigned players from the Vancouver Canucks/Utica Comets organization, with whom the Wings were formally affiliated last year.

Friday: vs. Fort Wayne Komets (4-0-0), 7:30 p.m. (TV: HTSN-6.2, Radio: WXNT-1430)
This season: 
Fuel trail 0-1-1
All-time series: 
Fuel trail 3-7-3 (1-3-1 at Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
After a four-game road swing, the Fuel will return home to face Fort Wayne. The Komets and Fuel will be playing for the third time in eight days – and for the Komets, it’ll be their third game in a row against the Fuel. Forwards Shawn Szydlowski (5A) and Trevor Cheek (3G/2A, 15 shots) led the Komets offensively with five-point weekends last week. Cheek has a four-game goal scoring streak going. Defenseman Drew Daniels was +4 last weekend and leads the ECHL with a +8 rating. … Alex Belzile had the game-winning goal both nights and had two goals and an assist over the weekend and a +6 rating. Peter Sivak (G/2A) also had a three-point weekend for Fort Wayne. His goal in the final minute tied up Saturday’s game and sent it to OT. Jordan Southorn also had two goals. … Goaltender Spencer Martin had a 21-save shutout in his ECHL debut last Friday. Pat Nagle had the net in Saturday’s game and stopped 22 of 27 shots. Fort Wayne outshot the Fuel 82-48 in the two games. … Szydlowski (2-6-8) is tied for third in the ECHL in scoring, and Cheek (5-2-7) is fifth. … Daniels (+8) and Southorn (+7) lead the league in +/-. … This will be Fort Wayne’s second road game. … Fort Wayne is 12th in the ECHL on the PP (18.8%) and 17th on the PK (82.4%). The Komets are fourth in the league in scoring (4.25 goals/game) and fifth in goals against (2.25/game). … The next games between these teams will be a home-and-home Dec. 11-12. … Fort Wayne is the ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche.

Roster moves
Rockford called up Sam Jardine and Chris DeSousa last week, and assigned defenseman Dillon Fournier to Indy. Reed Seckel was activated from reserve, and he and Cody Sharib made their season debuts against Fort Wayne. Josh Brittain was placed on reserve.

Updated roster

Forwards (10)

  • (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: 27. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (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)
  • 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) Reed Seckel (5-10, 182, Melvin, Mich.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Northern Michigan (NCAA)/Toledo Walleye (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: 25. 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: 24. 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-(V) Josh Brittain (6-5, 220, Milton, Ont.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Ontario Reign (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: After a rare Saturday night off, the Fuel will be back in action Wednesday morning, Nov. 4 with a 10:30 a.m. game at Evansville. The Fuel will return to Evansville Nov. 6 for a Friday night game, then return home Nov. 7 for the first-ever regular season meeting between the Fuel and Quad City Mallards.