Fuel weekly preview

The Fuel do something they haven’t done in a while – get on a bus and play a road game – on Wednesday, but they’ll be right back in the friendly confines of the Indiana Farmers Coliseum for two games this weekend against the Evansville IceMen, which will be the team’s 11th and 12th home games out of 14 January contests.

The Fuel enter the week having won four straight, including three strong defensive performances in a weekend sweep. These are games 4-6 in an eight-game stretch of contests within the Midwest Division.

Record: 21-20-2, 2nd/5 Midwest Division; 5th/14 Western Conference

Last week

  • Friday: W 2-1 Quad City. Daniel Ciampini, Cody Sharib goals; Mac Carruth 29 saves
  • Saturday: W 3-1 Quad City. Cody Sharib 3A, Rhett Bly G/A, Matt White G, Michael Colantone G. Shane Owen 27 saves
  • Sunday: W 3-1 Fort Wayne. Adam Lapsansky 2G, Rhett Bly G, Daniel Ciampini 2A. Shane Owen 34 saves

Of note: Cody Sharib had five points on the weekend, with a goal and four assists. Rhett Bly also has five points over the last four games. Daniel Ciampini and Adam Lapsansky had three-point weekends. Shane Owen stopped 61 of 63 shots over the weekend and Fuel netminders had a 1.00 GAA and a .968 save percentage in the three games. … Owen has won four of his last five starts. Mac Carruth has allowed two or fewer goals in nine straight starts. … With 23 points, Ben Marshall leads active rookie defensemen in scoring. … Nick Petrecki’s assist Sunday was his first point as a member of the Fuel. … Owen (2.27) & Carruth (2.30) are 12th and 13th in the ECHL in GAA. … The Fuel have killed off 10 straight opponent power plays.

Fuel info

  • Goals for: 2.30 (27th) / Against: 2.53 (7th) / GD: -0.23
  • PP: 12.2% (27th) / PK: 84.3% (14th)
  • Shots for: 29.65 (17th) / Against: 30.09 (13th) / SD: -0.44
  • PIM: 9.79/game (28th)
  • Home: 13-10-0 / Away: 8-10-2
  • OT: 1-2 / SO: 2-0
  • Current streak: W4 / Last 5: 4-1-0 / Last 10: 7-3-0
  • Team leaders
    • Goals: Cody Sharib 10, Peter Schneider 9, Alex Lavoie 9, Rhett Bly 9
    • Assists: Alex Lavoie 21, Ben Marshall 18, Alex Lavoie 9, Rhett Bly 9, Cdy Sharib 9
    • Points: Alex Lavoie 9-21-30, Garett Bembridge 11-13-24, Ben Marshall 5-18-23, Cody Sharib 10-9-19, Peter Schneider 9-9-18, Rhett Bly 9-9-18
    • PIM: Dylan Clarke 57, Josh Brittain 46
    • +/-:  Nick Petrecki +4, Michael Colantone +4, Ben Marshall +3
    • PPG: Dylan Clarke 4, Garett Bembridge 4
    • Goaltenders: Shane Owen 9-13-0, 2.27, .924; Mac Carruth 12-7-2, 2.30, .923 (currently in Rockford); Brent Hollerud (emergency backup)

This week’s schedule

Wednesday: at Cincinnati Cyclones (18-16-5), 7:35 p.m., U.S. Bank Arena. Radio: WXNT-1430

  • Fuel vs. Cyclones: 2-0-0 (2-0-0 at Cincy). 3rd of 11 meetings this season
  • Series meetings: 11/20 @CIN: Fuel 2-1; 12/27 @CIN: Fuel 5-1
  • Next meeting (after this weekend): 2/5 at Cincinnati, 2/6 at Indy.
  • Cyclones info
    • Goals for: 2.95 (10th) / Against: 2.92 (16th) / GD: +0.03
    • PP: 17.2% (12th) / PK: 78.5% (27th)
    • Shots for: 28.82 (22nd) / Against: 30.10 (14th) / SD: -1.28
    • PIM: 11.56/game (25th)
    • Home: 11-4-3
    • OT: 2-3 / SO: 2-2
    • Current streak: W1 / Last 10: 4-5-1
    • NHL affiliate: Nashville Predators/Milwaukee Admirals
  • Team leaders
    • Goals: Jack Downing 18, Zach Budish 14, Nick Huard 11
    • Assists: Andrew Yogan 20, Zach Budish 19, Nick Huard 18
    • Points: Zach Budish 14-19-33, Jack Downing 18-12-30, Andrew Yogan 10-20-30, Nick Huard 11-18-29, Branden Gracel 8-13-21
    • PIM: Seth Ambroz 62, Cody Carlson 36
    • +/-:  Andrew Yogan +12, Joe Wilson +11
    • PPG: Nick Huard 8, Jack Downing 7
    • Goaltenders: Brandon Whitney 7-8-1, 3.16, .895; Andy Iles 2-1-0, 3.53, .866

Friday: vs. Evansville IceMen (15-19-4), 7:35 p.m., Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Saturday: vs. Evansville IceMen (15-19-4), 7:35 p.m., Indiana Farmers Coliseum
TV: HTSN-6.2; Radio: WXNT-1430

  • Fuel vs. IceMen: 5-2-0 (2-0-0 at Indy). 8th/9th of 11 meetings this season
  • Series meetings: 10/17 @EVN: Fuel 3-1; 11/4 @EVN: Fuel 3-0; 11/6 @EVN: IceMen 4-2; 12/18 @EVN: IceMen 2-1; 12/19 @EVN: Fuel 3-1; 1/8 @IND: Fuel 3-2; 1/9 @IND: Fuel 3-0
  • Next meeting (after this weekend): 3/11 at Indy, 3/12 at Evansville
  • IceMen info
    • Goals for: 2.87 (14th) / Against: 3.42 (27th) / GD: -0.55
    • PP: 15.0% (22nd) / PK: 78.7% (26th)
    • Shots for: 31.45 (7th) / Against: 32.24 (23rd) / SD: -0.79
    • PIM: 14.24/game (15th)
    • Away: 9-9-0
    • OT: 1-3 / SO: 0-1
    • Current streak: L1 / Last 10: 3-5-2
    • NHL affiliate: Ottawa Senators/Binghamton Senators
  • Team leaders
    • Goals: Daultan Leveille 16, Tyson Fawcett 16, Justin MacDonald 8, Jordan Sims 8, Nathan Moon 8
    • Assists: Nathan Moon 17, Troy Rutkowski 14, Chris Rumble 14
    • Points: Nathan Moon 8-17-25, Daultan Leveille 16-9-25, Tyson Fawcett 16-8-24, Justin MacDonald 8-13-21, Chris Rumble 6-14-20
    • PIM: Vincent Dunn 77, Michael Trebish 71
    • +/-:  Jordan Sims +11, Michael Trebish +6
    • PPG: Daultan Leveille 5, Tyson Fawcett 4
    • Goaltenders: Christoffer Bengtsberg 4-7-2, 2.83, .908; Cody Reichard 4-3-0, 3.10, .914; Matt Zenzola 2-2-0, 3.79, .858

Current Indy Fuel roster

Forwards (11)

  • Rhett Bly (5-10, 185, Regina, Sask.). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (R/RFD) Daniel Ciampini (5-11, 185, Concord, Ont.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Union (NCAA)
  • Dylan Clarke (6-2, 174, Belleville, Ont.). Age: 29. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Rapid City Rush (ECHL)
  • (R) Michael Colantone (5-11, 190, Brooklyn, NY). Age: 25. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: UMass-Lowell (NCAA)
  • Andrew Johnston (6-1, 191, Saskatoon, Sask.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Reading Royals (ECHL)
  • (V) Adam Lapsansky (6-0, 196, Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: HC Kosice (Slovakia)
  • Alex Lavoie (5-10, 170, Anjou, Que.). Age: 22. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
  • Derek Roehl (5-11, 185, Clinton Township, Mich.). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Braehead Clan (Britain). 2015-16 team: Valpellice (Italy)
  • (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)
  • 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)
  • (R) Patrick Koudys (6-3, 210, Smithville, Ont.). Age: 22. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Penn State (NCAA)
  • (R/RFD) Nick Mattson (6-1, 179, Chanhassen, Minn.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: North Dakota (NCAA)
  • (R) Ben Marshall (5-9, 179, Mahtomedi, Minn). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Minnesota (NCAA)
  • (V) Zach Miskovic (6-0, 183, River Forest, Ill.). Age: 30. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
  • (V) Nick Petrecki (6-3, 230, Schenectady, NY). Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)/Elmira Jackals (ECHL)

Goaltenders (2)

  • Shane Owen (6-2, 195, Markham, Ont.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (EBUG) Brent Hollerud (6-2, 195, Blaine, Minn.). Age: 24. Catches: L. 2013-14 team: St. Olaf (NCAA-III)

21-day IR (3)

  • (V) Josh Brittain (6-5, 220, Milton, Ont.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Ontario Reign (ECHL).
  • (CHI) Dillon Fournier (6-2, 187, Montreal, Quebec). Age: 21. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)/Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
  • Kyle Stroh (6-1, 185, Vibank, Sask.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL).

In AHL

  • (R/RFD) Sam Jardine (6-1, 205, Lacombe, Alb.). Age: 22. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Ohio State (NCAA)
  • (RFD) Mac Carruth (6-3, 182, Jackson, Wyo.). Age: 23. Catches: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)/Rockford IceHogs (AHL)

Transactions: The Fuel dealt Garett Bembridge to Rapid City in exchange for future considerations on Tuesday. Goaltender Mac Carruth was also called up to Rockford after Friday’s game.

Looking ahead: After a four-day break, the Fuel return to action with a home-and-home with Cincinnati Feb. 5-6, starting in Cincy, with a return visit in Indy.