Fuel weekly preview: March 31-April 3

The second-to-last weekend of the regular season sees the Indy Fuel headed to the road with a three-game win streak in tow and also hanging into the playoff race. This week sees Indy play three division foes – they’ll wrap up the season series with Cincinnati and Quad City and play the first of three remaining games against Fort Wayne.

Record: 31-33-3, 4th/5 Midwest Division; 10th/14 Western Conference

Last week

  • Thursday: OTW 4-3 Cincinnati. Daniel Ciampini G/2A, Alex Lavoie 2G/A, Cody Sharib G, Keegan Asmundson 19sv
  • Friday: W 5-1 Cincinnati. Daniel Ciampini G/2A, Peter Schneider G/A, Anders Franzon 2A, Matt White G, Ben Marshall G, Kevin Clare G

Fuel bits: Kevin Clare scored his first goal as a member of the Fuel on Friday night. … Alex Lavoie had his first three-point game of the season on Friday, while Daniel Ciampini had his second and third – and first career back-to-back three-point games. … Daniel Ciampini was +5 on the weekend. … Ben Marshall has tallied a point in five straight games, with three goals and two assists. Cody Sharib is on a four-game point streak. He has two goals and three assists in that stretch. … The Fuel are now 24-11-3 against Midwest Division opponents, the fifth-most wins against a division’s foes in the league. Only Missouri (26), Idaho (25), Florida (25) and South Carolina (25) have more. … Peter Schneider (15-21-36) is 17th among ECHL rookies in scoring. … Ben Marshall (11-23-34) is seventh among active ECHL defensemen in scoring and leads all rookies in points and assists by a defenseman. … The Fuel lead the ECHL in shootout save percentage (.929) and fewest SO goals allowed (1). … Indy is 22-1-1 when leading after two.

Fuel info

  • Goals for: 2.42 (27th) / Against: 2.70 (8th) / GD: -0.28
  • PP: 13.4% (26th) / PK: 86.3% (5th)
  • Shots for: 30.78 (13th) / Against: 30.33 (15th) / SD: +0.45
  • PIM: 10.67/game (27th)
  • Home: 19-15-1 / Away: 12-18-2
  • OT: 2-3 / SO: 4-0
  • Current streak: W3 / Last 5: 3-2-0 / Last 10: 4-5-1
  • Team leaders
    • Goals: Alex Lavoie 16, Peter Schneider 15, Cody Sharib 15
    • Assists: Alex Lavoie 35, Ben Marshall 23, Peter Schneider 21
    • Points: Alex Lavoie 16-35-51, Peter Schneider 15-21-36, Ben Marshall 11-23-34, Cody Sharib 15-14-29, Dylan Clarke 9-20-29
    • PIM: Dylan Clarke 124, Nick Petrecki 57
    • +/-:  Nick Petrecki +7, Cody Sharib +4
    • PPG: Rhett Bly 6, Dylan Clarke 5
    • Goaltenders: Keegan Asmundson 5-4-0, 2.29, .924; Terry Shafer 0-0-0, 0.00, .000

This week’s games

Thursday: at Cincinnati Cyclones (34-24-9), 7:35 p.m., U.S. Bank Arena
Radio: WXNT-1430

  • Fuel vs. Cyclones: 7-3-0 (3-2-0 at Cincinnati. 11th of 11 meetings).
  • Series meetings: 11/20 @CIN: W 2-1; 12/29 @CIN: W 5-1; 1/27 @CIN: L 1-3; 2/5 @CIN: L 3-4; 2/6 @Indy: W 2-1; 2/27 @CIN: SOW 3-2; 3/5 @Indy: L 1-5; 3/13 @Indy: W 2-1; 3/24 @Indy: OTW 4-3; 3/25 @Indy: W 5-1
  • Of note: Jack Downing (30-28-58) is eighth in th eECHL in overall scoring and is the league’s only 30-goal scorer. … Tommy Mele (177) is fifth in the league in penalty minutes. … Nick Huard (14) leads the league in PPG and leads all rookies in PP points (22). He is 10th among rookies in points (18-29-47) … Garrett Noonan (7-29-36) is fifth among active defensemen ins scoring. … Cincinnati has the second-best third-period goal differential in the ECHL at +20. … This will be the Fuel’s third straight game against the Cyclones. Since the two teams last played on Friday, Cincinnati has played two games – beating Toledo 4-1 on Saturday and then falling 5-3 to Fort Wayne at home on Tuesday.
  • Cyclones info
    • Goals for: 3.03 (13th) / Against: 2.81 (13th) / GD: +0.22
    • PP: 16.9% (13th) / PK: 83.0% (19th)
    • Shots for: 29.15 (23rd) / Against: 29.54 (11th) / SD: -0.39
    • PIM: 11.90/game (25th)
    • Home: 22-7-5
    • OT: 5-5 / SO: 2-4
    • Current streak: L1 / Last 10: 3-4-3
    • NHL/AHL affiliates: Nashville Predators/Milwaukee Admirals
  • Team leaders
    • Goals: Jack Downing 30, Zach Budish 23, Nick Huard 18
    • Assists: Zach Budish 30, Nick Huard 29, Jack Downing 28
    • Points: Jack Downing 30-28-58, Zach Budish 23-30-53, Nick Huard 18-29-47, Brandon Gracel14-25-39, Garrett Noonan 7-29-36
    • PIM: Seth Ambroz 96, Tommy Mele 80
    • +/-:  Joe Wilson +19, Zach Budish +16
    • PPG: Nick Huard 14, Jack Downing 9
    • Goaltenders: Brandon Whitney 9-8-1, 3.18, .891; Andy Iles 14-8-3, 2.60, .910

Saturday: at Fort Wayne Komets (38-21-8), 7:30 p.m., Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Radio: WXNT-1430

  • Fuel vs. Komets: 3-4-1 (9th of 11 meetings. Next meetings: April 8 at Indy; April 9 at Fort Wayne).
  • Previous meetings: 10/23 @FW: L 0-3; 10/24 @FW: OTL 5-6; 10/30 @Fuel: W 4-2; 12/11 @FW: OTW 3-2; 12/12 @Fuel: L 2-3; 12/31 @FW: L 0-7; 1/1 @Fuel: L 1-2; 1/24 @Fuel: W 3-1
  • Of note: Shawn Szydlowski (22-49-71) is third in the ECHL in points and second in assists. … Cody Sol (240) leads the ECHL in penalty minutes. … Pat Nagle (2.36) is 10th among active goaltenders in GAA and is tied for second with 27 wins. … Fort Wayne leads the ECHL in shorthanded goals (13). … The Komets’ +21 first-period goal differential is the best in the league. … Fort Wayne is the only team in the league without a loss of any kind when leading after two – the Komets are 25-0-0. … Fort Wayne played Tuesday, beating Cincinnati 5-3, but this will be the Komets’ first game since then.
  • Komets info
    • Goals for: 3.36 (1st) / Against: 2.72 (11th) / GD: +0.64
    • PP: 20.5% (2nd) / PK: 86.2% (6th)
    • Shots for: 32.51 (4th) / Against: 27.72 (5th) / SD: +4.79
    • PIM:16.97/game (3rd)
    • Home: 20-8-4
    • OT: 6-6 / SO: 1-2
    • Current streak: W2 / Last 10: 5-2-3
    • NHL affiliate: Colorado Avalanche/San Antonio Rampage
  • Team leaders
    • Goals: Jamie Schaafsma 23, Shawn Szydlowski 22, Garrett Meurs 17
    • Assists: Shawn Szydlowski 49, Jordan Southorn 29, Kyle Thomas 24
    • Points: Shawn Szydlowski 22-49-71, Jordan Southorn 9-29-38, Kyle Thomas 13-24-37, Jamie Schaafsma 23-12-35, Garrett Meurs 17-15-32
    • PIM: Cody Sol 240, Gabriel Beaupre 83
    • +/-:  Shawn Szydlowski +21, Jordan Southorn +21
    • PPG: Shawn Szydlowski 4, Garrett Meurs 4
    • Goaltenders: Patt Nagle 27-11-7, 2.36, .916; Spencer Martin 8-8-1, 3.05, .882

Sunday: at Quad City Mallards (29-25-6), 5:05 p.m., iWireless Center. Radio: WXNT-1430.

  • Fuel vs. Mallards: 7-1-1 (2-1-1 at Moline). 10th of 10 meetings this season
  • Series meetings: 11/7 @Fuel: W 5-2; 11/21 @Fuel: W 3-2; 11/22 @QC: L 1-2; 11/29 @QC: OTL 2-3; 12/26 @QC: W 4-1; 12/27 @Fuel: W 2-1; 1/22 @Fuel: W 2-1; 1/23 @Fuel: W 3-1; 3/20 @QC: W 3-1
  • Of note: Matt Neal is 13th in rookie scoring (16-26-42). … The Mallards are seventh in the league with eight shorthanded goals. … Quad City is a good front-running team – 19-2-3 when leading after one and 19-0-1 when leading after two. … Quad City plays Missouri on Wednesday, then hosts Tulsa on Friday. The Mallards will have Saturday off before facing the Fuel.
  • Mallards info
    • Goals for: 2.71 (20th) / Against: 2.80 (12th) / GD: -0.09
    • PP: 15.9% (17th) / PK: 85.3% (8th)
    • Shots for: 29.94 (18th) / Against: 31.39 (20th) / SD: -1.45
    • PIM: 14.35/game (12th)
    • Home: 19-11-2
    • OT: 5-4 / SO: 2-2
    • Current streak: L1 / Last 10: 7-3-0
    • NHL affiliate: Minnesota Wild/Iowa Wild
  • Team leaders
    • Goals: Matt Carey 22, Olivier Archambault 19, Matt Neal 16
    • Assists: Mike Monfredo 28, Olivier Archambault 26, Matt Neal 26
    • Points: Olivier Archambault 19-26-45, Matt Neal 16-26-42, Matt Carey 22-18-40, Mike Monfredo 6-28-34, Vladimir Nikiforov 9-23-32
    • PIM: Mike Monfredo 114, Anthony Collins 94
    • +/-:  Matt Neal +7, Matt Carey +5
    • PPG: Matt Carey 6, Olivier Archambeault 5
    • Goaltenders: Brody Hoffman 16-17-1, 2.64, .907; P.J. Musico 5-1-1, 2.14, .932

Roster moves: Since last week’s games, F Daniel Ciampini has been called up to Rockford, D Zach Miskovic has been loaned to the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers and the Fuel have claimed F Rob DeFulviis off waivers from Wheeling. Also, the Fuel signed F Malcolm Gould from Michigan Tech University, who made his pro debut Friday.

Current roster

Forwards (11)

  • Rhett Bly (5-10, 185, Regina, Sask.). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • 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)
  • (R) Rob DeFulviis (5-10, 190, Toronto, Ont.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Guelph (CIS)/Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)
  • (R) Malcolm Gould (5-11, 175, North Vancouver, BC). Age: 23. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Michigan Tech (NCAA)
  • 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)
  • (R) Casey Thrush (6-1, 185, Olney, Md.). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Allen Americans/South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)
  • 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)
  • Kevin Clare (6-1, 195, New Rochelle, NY). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Elmira Jackals (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) Nick Petrecki (6-3, 230, Schenectady, NY). Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)/Elmira Jackals (ECHL)

Goaltenders (2)

  • (R) Keegan Asmundson (6-5, 234, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2015-16 team: Evansville IceMen (ECHL)/Pensacola Ice Flyers (SPHL)
  • (R) Terry Shafer (6-2, 190, Penfield, N.Y.). Age: 25. Catches: L. 2015-16 team: Robert Morris (NCAA)

On 21-day IR (3)

  • (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)
  • Mike Seidel (5-10, 175, Darien, Ill.). Age: 27. Shoots: R. 2015-16 team: Elmira Jackals (ECHL)

In AHL (4)

  • (CHI) Mac Carruth (6-3, 182, Jackson, Wyo.). Age: 23. Catches: L. 2014-15 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)/Rockford IceHogs (AHL) (with Rockford IceHogs
  • (R/RFD) Daniel Ciampini (5-11, 185, Concord, Ont.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: Union (NCAA) (with Rockford IceHogs)
  • (R/RFD) Nick Mattson (6-1, 179, Chanhassen, Minn.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2014-15 team: North Dakota (NCAA) (with Rockford IceHogs)
  • (V) Zach Miskovic (6-0, 183, River Forest, Ill.). Age: 30. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Rockford IceHogs (AHL) (with Charlotte Checkers)

Suspended list

  • Adam Lapsansky (playing in Europe)
  • Derek Roehl (playing in Europe)

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

Next up:  The Fuel finish the season with a home-and-home against Fort Wayne April 8 at Indy and April 9 in Fort Wayne.

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