Sundays and games against Quad City had been kind to the Indy Fuel this season.
The Fuel had won six of their eight previous Sunday games coming into their final one of the year, and they had dominated Quad City this season.
However, Jared Knight scored a rebound goal early in the third period, giving the host Mallards the lead in an eventual 4-2 victory over the Fuel in the iWireless Center.
Knight – a former second-round pick – scored twice to lead Quad City to the victory. Mallards goaltender Brody Hoffman stopped 36 Fuel shots.
Daniel Ciampini and Anders Franzon both had a goal and an assist for the Fuel in their final trip to Quad City this season and Keegan Asmundson stopped 30 shots in the Indy net.
Ciampini gave the Fuel an early lead 1:07 in, getting alone in front of Hoffman and deking the goaltender out of his skates before tucking the puck into the empty net. Nick Petrecki fed him the puck from the left point and found him behind the defense.
Olivier Archambault tied the game six minutes later with his 21st of the year, and the Mallards killed off two power plays – the Fuel one – through the midpoint of the second. Knight broke the tie with 4:55 left in the second, but immediately after, Indy went on the power play. There, Ben Marshall found Franzon flying down the weak side for Franzon’s second goal of the season, tying the game at 2-2.
The Fuel had a big chance early in the third when Vladimir Nikiforov took a high-sticking double-minor, but the Fuel were unable to score on the first half, and a slashing penalty eliminated the last half of the power play. A minute after the game went back to 5-on-5, Asmundson made a save on Sam Warning in front, but Knight potted the rebound to give the Mallards the lead with 13:42 left in the game. Quad City carried possession, but Hoffman had to make a pair of big saves down the stretch. Matt Carey added an empty-netter for his 24th goal of the year.
After a winless three-game roadtrip, the Fuel will return to friendlier confines for their home finale Friday against Fort Wayne in the first half of a home-and-home.
- Jared Knight (QC) 2G, +2, 5 shots
- Brody Hoffman (QC) 37 saves
- Daniel Ciampini (Fuel) G, A, 5 shots
- The Fuel finish the season series 7-2-1 against Quad City, including 2-2-1 at Quad City and a perfect 5-0-0 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
- Three is the magic number for the Fuel. Indy is 8-30-2 when scoring 2 or fewer goals in regulation this season, and 22-6-1 when scoring at least three in the first 60 minutes. Today, they spent much of the third period battling for that evening third goal.
- Anders Franzon tallied his second multi-point game of the year – and his second in the last 10 days. He also had two points on March 25 against Cincinnati in a 5-1 win.
- Daniel Ciampini has a hot stick. After having his three-game ECHL point streak snapped last night, he just tallied another multi-point game. In his last five games, he has three goals and six assists. Today was his ninth multi-point game.
- Nick Petrecki has a three-game point streak going. The 17 points he’s tallied combined between Indy and Elmira are a career-high for the seventh-year defenseman. He broke his career-high with four goals last night, and also broke his career high tonight with his 13th assist. He had 12 assists as a rookie with AHL Worcester in 2009-10.
- Ben Marshall had an assist on Franzon’s goal and has tallied a point in seven of his last 10 games.
- Indy continues to play with an offensive mindset under head coach Bernie John. In 11 games under John’s tutelage, the Fuel have launched 30 shots on goal 10 times (and had 29 in the other game).
Daniel Ciampini-Alex Lavoie-Justin Hussar
Dylan Clarke-Brandon Wong-Peter Schneider
Cody Sharib-Matt White-Rhett Bly
Nick Petrecki-Anders Franzon
Kevin Clare-Ben Marshall
Sam Jardine-Trevor Campbell
BU: Terry Shafer
Scratches: Michael Colantone, Rob De Fulviis, Patrick Koudys, Mike Seidel (IR)
Next up: The Fuel host Fort Wayne at 7:35 p.m. Friday in their home finale.