Fuel weekly preview: Feb. 17-20

The Indy Fuel are halfway through their longest roadtrip of the year – a six-game swing that hits two cities and two opponents. The first half saw three solid performances, but three one-goal losses to the league-leading Missouri Mavericks. The second half sees a three-game trip to Orlando with games Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, before the Fuel return home for a brief stopover next Tuesday to face the same Missouri squad they faced thrice last weekend.

Record: 24-25-2, 3rd/5 Midwest Division, 9th/14 Western Conference

Last week

  • Friday: L 3-4 at Missouri. Michael Colantone 2G, Adam Lapsansky G/A, Shane Owen 18sv
  • Saturday: L 4-5 at Missouri. Zach Miskovic G/A, Michael Colantone 2A, Dylan Clarke G, Rhett Bly G, Peter Schneider G, Shane Owen 29sv
  • Sunday: L 2-3 at Missouri. Ben Marshall G/A, Zach Miskovic G, Keegan Asmundson 22sv

Of note: Last week, Michael Colantone had two goals and three assists in the three games, and Rhett Bly tallied a point in all three games and had a 1-2-3 weekend. Both have three-game scoring streaks. Zach Miskovic (2-1-3) had a multi-point weekend. Ben Marshall (G/A Sunday), Adam Lapsansky (G/A Saturday) and Daniel Ciampini (2A Friday) all had multi-point games, as did Colantone (Friday and Saturday) and Miskovic (Sunday). Sunday was Keegan Asmundson’s first start as a member of the Fuel, giving Shane Owen a break after playing in nine straight games – starting eight. … Owen is 13th among active goaltenders in the league in GAA (2.49). … Ben Marshall leads rookie defensemen in scoring and is 11th overall among defensemen in scoring (7-19-26) and is fifth among rookies and second among active defensemen in shots on goal (124) and Peter Schneider leads rookies in game-winning goals (5). … Indy is 16-1-1 when leading after two periods. … The Fuel have won seven straight home games, the longest active streak in the league and the third-longest this seasons in the ECHL. Indy’s five-game road winless streak is also tied for the second-longest active streak in the league, behind Wichita (9).

Fuel info

  • Goals for: 2.43 (26th) / Against: 2.63 (11th) / GD: -0.20
  • PP: 13.4% (26th) / PK: 84.5% (11th)
  • Shots for: 29.57 (18th) / Against: 29.69 (13th) / SD: -0.12
  • PIM: 10.10/game (28th)
  • Home: 16-10-0 / Away: 8-15-2
  • OT: 1-2 / SO: 2-0
  • Current streak: L3 / Last 5: 1-4-0 / Last 10: 5-5-0
  • Team leaders
    • Goals: Peter Schneider 13, Rhett Bly 13, Cody Sharib 10
    • Assists: Alex Lavoie 26, Ben Marshall 19, Dylan Clarke 14, Daniel Ciampini 14
    • Points: Alex Lavoie 9-26-35, Rhett Bly 13-13-26, Ben Marshall 7-19-26, Peter Schneider 13-11-24,  Dylan Clarke 8-14-22, Daniel Ciampini 7-14-21, Cody Sharib 10-10-20
    • PIM: Dylan Clarke 81, Zach Miskovic 43
    • +/-:  Michael Colantone +6, Nick Petrecki +5
    • PPG: Rhett Bly 5, Dylan Clarke 5
    • Goaltenders: Shane Owen 11-17-0, 2.49, .915; Keegan Asmundson 0-1-0, 3.08, .880

This week’s schedule
Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday: at Orlando Solar Bears (22-19-6), 7 p.m., Amway Center. Radio: WXNT-1430

  • Fuel vs. Solar Bears: 0-1-0 (2nd-4th of 4 meetings this season)
  • Series meetings: 1/16 @IND: Orlando 2-0
  • Of note: Eric Faille (19-30-49) is tied for fifth in the ECHL in scoring and Brady Vail (13-29-42) is tied for 14th. Jack Rodewald (11-20-31) is tied for 11th in rookie scoring. … Orlando is one goal shy of the league lead in shorthanded goals (9).  … Orlando is 14-1-1 when leading after a period, and 12-1-2 when leading after two. … Orlando’s five-game win streak is the league’s longest active streak. … former Fuel center Nicklas Lindberg has 12 points in 15 games for the Solar Bears.
  • Solar Bears info
    • Goals for: 3.19 (3rd) / Against: 3.19 (20th) / GD: even
    • PP: 17.2% (t12th) / PK: 83.9% (15th)
    • Shots for: 29.64 (16th) / Against: 34.87 (27th) / SD: -5.23
    • PIM: 12.11/game (24th)
    • Home: 10-12-1
    • OT: 3-2 / SO: 2-4
    • Current streak: W5 / Last 10: 5-4-1
    • NHL/AHL affiliates: Toronto Maple Leafs/Toronto Marlies
  • Team leaders
    • Goals: Eric Faille 19, Brady Vail 13, Johnny McInnis 13
    • Assists: Eric Faille 30, Brady Vail 29, Eric Baier 22
    • Points: Eric Faille 19-30-49, Brady Vail 13-29-42, Jack Rodewald 11-20-31, Eric Baier 8-22-30, Johnny McInnis 13-14-27
    • PIM: Mark Louis 87, Zach Bell 68
    • +/-:  Eric Faille +14, Eric Baier +14,
    • PPG: Johnny McInnis 5, Max Nicastro 4
    • Goaltenders: Ryan Massa 13-8-2, 2.79, .916; Rob Madore 8-11-4, 3.12, .912

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)
  • (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)
  • (V) Brandon Wong (5-11, 190, Victoria, BC). Age: 29. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Tulsa Oilers (ECHL)

Defensemen (7)

  • (R) Trevor Campbell (5-10, 192, Kansas City, Mo.). Age: 25. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Alaska-Fairbanks (NCAA)/Bakersfield Condors (ECHL)
  • Anders Franzon (6-3, 196, Plattsburgh, NY). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (R/RFD) Sam Jardine (6-1, 205, Lacombe, Alb.). Age: 22. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Ohio State (NCAA)
  • (R) Patrick Koudys (6-3, 210, Smithville, Ont.). Age: 22. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Penn State (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)

  • Keegan Asmundson (6-5, 234, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2015-16 team: Evansville IceMen (ECHL)/Pensacola Ice Flyers (SPHL)
  • Shane Owen (6-2, 195, Markham, Ont.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)

21-day IR (2)

  • (CHI) Dillon Fournier (6-2, 181, Dorval, Que.). Age: 21. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)/Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
  • (V) Josh Brittain (6-5, 226, Milton, Ont.), Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Kalamazoo Wings/Missouri Mavericks/Ontario Reign (ECHL)

In AHL (2)

  • (R/RFD) Nick Mattson (6-1, 179, Chanhassen, Minn.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: North Dakota (NCAA)
  • (RFD) Mac Carruth (6-3, 182, Jackson, Wyo.). Age: 23. Catches: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)/Rockford IceHogs (AHL)

R-Rookie, V-Veteran, RFD-Under contract to AHL Rockford IceHogs. CHI-Under contract to NHL Chicago Blackhawks

Roster moves: Nick Mattson was assigned to the Fuel over the weekend, then called back up to Rockford. On Tuesday, Rockford assigned D Sam Jardine to Indy. Also, veteran Josh Brittain was returned to the team by Tulsa, which voided his trade last week. The trade, which brought Brandon Wong and Trevor Campbell to Indy, becomes a future considerations transaction. Brittain was placed on the Fuel’s 21-day IR, his second IR stint this season.

Looking ahead: The Fuel make a brief stop at home on Feb. 23 to face Missouri, then head to Ohio for games Feb. 27 at Cincinnati and Feb. 28 at Toledo.