Fuel weekly preview: April 8-9

It’s hard to believe the Indy Fuel’s second season is coming to a close this weekend, and it fittingly finishes with the resumption of the I-69 rivalry between the Fuel and Fort Wayne Komets. Indy will be home Friday for Fan Appreciation Night, then will travel to Fort Wayne on Saturday.

Record: 31-36-3, t4th/5 Midwest Division, t10th/14 Western Conference

Last week

Fuel bits: If they play in both games this weekend, Ben Marshall and Rhett Bly will be the Fuel’s ironman, having played in all 72 games this season. Bly has appeared in 140 of the team’s 142 games in its history and is the Fuel’s leader in games played. … Nick Petrecki has points in three straight games and has tallied career highs for goals (4), assists (13) and points (17) this season. All but six of those points have come with the Fuel. … Forwards Colin Murray, Rob De Fulviis, Justin Hussar and goaltender Terry Shafer all made their Fuel debuts last week. For Hussar and Shafer, the two rookies made their pro hockey debuts. … Daniel Ciampini has three goals and six assists in his last five games. … Ben Marshall has tallied a point in seven of his last 10 games. He leads rookie defensemen with 35 points and 24 assists. He is second among rookie D with 184 shots, and was named to the ECHL’s All-Rookie Team this year. … With 37 points, Peter Schneider is 18th among ECHL rookies in scoring. … Indy is 22-1-1 when leading after two, and 24-14-3 against the Midwest Division. … The Fuel have had at least 29 shots on goal in every game under coach Bernie John (and have had 30 in all but one).

Fuel info

  • Goals for: 2.39 (27th) / Against: 2.80 (11th) / GD: -0.41
  • PP: 13.7% (26th) / PK: 85.5% (7th)
  • Shots for: 30.86 (11th) / Against: 30.39 (17th) / SD: +0.47
  • PIM: 10.56/game (27th)
  • Home: 19-15-1 / Away: 12-21-2
  • OT: 2-3 / SO: 4-0
  • Current streak: L3 / Last 5: 2-3-0 / Last 10: 4-6-0
  • Team leaders
    • Goals: Alex Lavoie 16, Peter Schneider 16, Cody Sharib 15
    • Assists: Alex Lavoie 37, Ben Marshall 24, Dylan Clarke 22
    • Points: Alex Lavoie 16-37-53, Peter Schneider 16-21-37, Daniel Ciampini 13-22-35, Ben Marshall 11-24-35, Dylan Clarke 9-22-31
    • PIM: Dylan Clarke 126, Nick Petrecki 61
    • +/-:  Nick Petrecki +6, Cody Sharib +4
    • PPG: Rhett Bly 6, Dylan Clarke 5
    • Goaltenders: Keegan Asmundson 5-6-0, 2.66, .913; Terry Shafer 0-1-0, 4.50, .846

This week’s games

Friday: vs. Fort Wayne Komets, 7:35 p.m., Indiana Farmers Coliseum. TV: HTSN-6.2. Radio: WXNT-1430.
Saturday: at Fort Wayne Komets (38-21-8), 7:30 p.m., Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Radio: WXNT-1430

  • Fuel vs. Komets: 3-5-1 (10th/11th of 11 meetings).
  • 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; 4/3 at FW: L 2-5.
  • Of note: Shawn Szydlowski (24-49-73) is the ECHL’s third-leading scorer and is third in assists. … Cody Sol (240) is third in penalty minutes. … Pat Nagle (2.36) is ninth in the ECHL in GAA and third in wins among active goaltenders. Nagle also leads the ECHL with five shutouts. … Jordan Southorn (9-29-38) is tied for fourth among active defensemen in scoring and tied for third in assists. … Fort Wayne has played fewer games against Midwest Division foes than another other team in the division. This will be the Komets’ 32nd and 33rd games. FW is 16-11-4 against the division, and is the only Midwest team to have a winning record against the Fuel. … Fort Wayne’s +19 first-period goal differential is tied for third in the ECHL. The +18 third-period goal differential is fourth-best in the league. … Fort Wayne has clinched the Midwest Division title, the Komets’ first ECHL division title.
  • Komets info
    • Goals for: 3.39 (1st) / Against: 2.74 (10th) / GD: +0.65
    • PP: 20.7% (2nd) / PK: 86.0% (4th)
    • Shots for: 32.81 (3rd) / Against: 27.78 (6th) / SD: +5.03
    • PIM:16.59/game (5th)
    • Home: 21-8-5/Road: 18-13-4
    • OT: 6-7 / SO: 1-2
    • Current streak: Pts4 / Last 10: 6-2-2
    • NHL affiliate: Colorado Avalanche/San Antonio Rampage
  • Team leaders
    • Goals: Shawn Szydlowski 24, Jamie Schaafsma 24, Mike Embach 23
    • Assists: Shawn Szydlowski 49, Mike Embach 30, Jordan Southorn 29
    • Points: Shawn Szydlowski 24-49-73, Mike Embach 23-30-53, Kyle Thomas 15-24-39, Jordan Southorn 9-28-38, Jamie Schaafsma, 24-13-37.
    • PIM: Cody Sol 240, Will Weber 99
    • +/-:  Shawn Szydlowski +21, Jordan Southorn +21
    • PPG: Mike Embach 10, Shawn Szydlowski 6
    • Goaltenders: Patt Nagle 27-11-8, 2.36, .916; Spencer Martin 9-8-1, 3.13, .881

Roster moves: The Fuel received Daniel Ciampini back from Rockford last week prior to the Fort Wayne game. They also signed forward Justin Hussar and released forward Malcolm Gould.

Current roster

Forwards (12)

  • 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) (with Rockford IceHogs)
  • 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) Justin Hussar (6-2, 190, Lancaster, NY). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Merrimack (NCAA)
  • Alex Lavoie (5-10, 170, Anjou, Que.). Age: 22. Shoots: R. 2014-15 team: Florida Everblades (ECHL)
  • Colin Murray (6-4, 208, Oshawa, Ont.). Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2015-16 team: Kalamazoo Wings/Brampton Beast (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)
  • 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 (3)

  • (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) 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 will host their end-of-season awards banquet on Sunday. The 2016-17 schedule will likely be announced in May. The end-of-season rosters will be released in mid-June, and the team may begin signing players for 2016-17 in mid-June.