Game 16: Fuel at Missouri

The Indy Fuel’s five-game roadtrip continued with the first of a three-games-in-three-nights stretch at Missouri, the team with the ECHL’s top record.

Alex Lavoie scored twice, but the Fuel dropped a 4-2 decision to the Mavericks in the Fuel’s first trip to Independence
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Shane Owen stopped 32 of 35 shots in the Fuel net in the defeat.

Missouri took a lead late in the first on a shorthanded goal by Shane Holmstrom, but Lavoie answered less than two minutes later, tying it up with 1:53 left in the first, as he got alone in front and tucked the puck inside the post.

The Mavericks retook the lead early in the second on a goal by Carter Veerhaege 1:55 into the period, and added on with a PPG from Jessee Root – his 11th of the year – to make it 3-1.

Lavoie tipped home a point shot with eight minutes left to cut the deficit to one, but the Mavs scored a late empty-netter to seal it.

Parker Milner stopped 25 shots to get the win for Missouri in net.

Indy was 0-for-3 on the PP, while Missouri was 1-for-3 and also scored a shorthanded goal.

The two teams play again at 8:05 p.m. Saturday in Independence, before the Fuel conclude the roadtrip Sunday afternoon at Quad City.

Boxscore

3 stars

  1. Josh Holmstrom (MO) 2G, +1
  2. Jesse Root (MO) GWG, A, 6 shots
  3. Carter Veerhaege (MO) G, A, 6 shots

Takeaways

  1. It’s been a tough roadtrip so far with the Fuel going 0-f0r-3, with a solid effort against the team with the league’s top record. Two of the losses were one-goal games – with empty-netters factored out.
  2. Scott Hillman is, of course, the only coach in Fuel history. He also is one of two coaches in Mavericks history – as he preceded Richard Matvichuk and coached the Mavs throughout their entire history in the CHL. Four Fuel players who dressed tonight – including Garett Bembridge, Walker Wintoneak, Shane Owen and Anders Franzon – played in Missouri. Bembridge had an assist and Owen started the game in net.
  3. Lavoie had his first two-goal game as a member of the Fuel, and his third two-point game of the season. He and Bembridge each had a team-high five shots on net.
  4. Young players were on the scoresheet again – rookies Sam Jardine, Nick Mattson and Peter Schneider all had assists.

Lineup
Best estimate based on the gamesheet

Cody Sharib-Matt White-Peter Schneider
Dylan Clarke-Kyle Stroh-Rhett Bly
Walker Wintoneak-Alex Lavoie-Garett Bembridge
Reed Seckel

Kevin Quick-Anders Franzon
Sam Jardine-Zach Miskovic
Ben Marshall-Nick Mattson

Shane Owen
BU: Mac Carruth

Scratches: Patrick Koudys (res), Dillon Fournier (res)

Next up: Another game in Missouri on Saturday, 8:05 p.m. puck drop.