Game 5: Fuel at Kalamazoo

The Indy Fuel staged a third-period rally, but two goals in the final minute of the second period proved to be the difference as the Fuel dropped a 4-3 decision to the Kalamazoo Wings Tuesday.

Kalamazoo’s Alex Mallet scored a power play goal with 55 seconds left in the second, and Lane Scheidl tallied with three seconds left, giving the Wings a three-goal lead going into the third.

Indy is now 2-2-1 heading into Friday’s home game against Fort Wayne, having played four of its five games on the road.

Indy rallied with a power play goal by Dylan Clarke with 12:24 left. Peter Schneider scored unassisted with 1:53 to go to cut the deficit to one, and the Fuel threw more shots on Kalamazoo’s net with the goaltender pulled, but Joel Martin held the fort.

Martin stopped 47 shots – including 14 in the third – as the Fuel buzzed the K-Wings’ net often, but the veteran goaltender was able to notch his first win of the year.

Kalamazoo took an early two-goal lead on the stick of Darren Archibald – an NHL and AHL veteran – who had a shorthanded goal in the first period and an even-sgrength tally midway through the second.

Matt White answered with a goal with 8:30 to go in the second to cut the Fuel deficit to one, and Indy had a number of chances to get the equalizer in an end-to-end second period before the Wings scored twice in the final minute of the period.

Shane Owen made 30 saves in the Fuel net.

Boxscore

3 stars

  1. Joel Martin (KAL) 47 saves
  2. Darren Archibald (KAL) 2G
  3. Lane Scheidl (KAL) GWG

Takeaways

  1. Tough game for the Fuel on an up-and-back to Kalamazoo to close a four-game road swing with a 1-2-1 record. They did a lot right – they buzzed the net all night and got 20 shots in the first period and 50 in the game – but sometimes, you just run into a hot goalie. Martin has the capability to be just that.
  2. Dylan Clarke continues to have the hot stick. He now has five points in the last two games, and has tallied a goal in three of the Fuel’s five games this season. He has scored the Fuel’s last two PPGs and leads the team in scoring with seven points.
  3. Alex Lavoie, who had an assist tonight, also has points in three of the five games. Garett Bembridge also had an assist tonight, and now has a point in four of the five games this season.
  4. Matt White’s tally was his first of the season, and his first point in 10 games dating back to the end of last year. White is a dependable defensive forward who has some offensive upside – he had 11 goals and 11 assists as a rookie last season. He remains the only player to suit up in every Fuel game in the team’s history.
  5. The Fuel threw a lot of pucks at Martin’s net, and they came from all over the place. All but one of the 16 skaters had a shot on goal – Nick Mattson was the one player who didn’t register a shot. Rhett Bly had six. Dylan Clarke, Peter Schneider and Kyle Stroh had five each.
  6. The 50 shots on goal were a season high for the Fuel.
  7. Indy was 1-3 on the PP, continuing the team’s scorching start with the man advantage, as the team is now at 30.8% on the year. The PK was 3-for-4, making the team 18-for-21 during the year (85.7%). The difference in the special teams game was a shorthanded goal by Archibald in the first period.
  8. Rookie Patrick Koudys made his pro debut, launching three shots on goal and having an even +/-.
  9. Kalamazoo had been looking for someone to give it an offensive spark – the K-Wings had seven goals from seven players coming into the game. Archibald was the player to give it to them – he had 24 AHL goals last season in Utica, and played 16 games with the Vancouver Canucks the year before. They were his first two points of the year.
  10. This is the only meeting between the K-Wings and Fuel this season, as ECHL realignment put the two teams in opposite conferences. The Fuel are now 3-3-1 in the all-time series, but Kalamazoo has won all three meetings in Wings Stadium.

Lineup

Patrick Koudys made his professional debut on the blueline, and Josh Brittain moved back into the lineup. Lineup based on the gamesheet.

Dylan Clarke-Kyle Stroh-Garett Bembridge
Daniel Ciampini-Alex Lavoie-Peter Schneider
Josh Brittain-Matt White-Rhett Bly
Cody Sharib

Kevin Quick-Anders Franzon
Zach Miskovic-Nick Mattson
Patrick Koudys-Ben Marshall

Shane Owen
BU: Mac Carruth

Scratches: Dillon Fournier, Reed Seckel (res), David Pszenyczny (IR)

Next up: The Fuel return home Friday to face the Fort Wayne Komets for “Pink in the Rink” night at 7:35 p.m. at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. After a rare Saturday off, they return to the ice for two games in Evansville – Wednesday morning and Friday, Nov. 6, before returning back home to face Quad City on Nov. 7.