Game 4: Fuel at Missouri

Making his first start of the 2016-17 season, Indy Fuel netminder Eric Levine went toe-to-toe with the ECHL’s reigning Goaltender of the Year Saturday night, but the Missouri Mavericks were able to score twice in the third and eek out a 2-1 victory over the Fuel.

Missouri’s Josh Robinson, who was named the ECHL’s top netminder a year ago as he led the Mavericks to a Brabham Cup, stopped 31 Fuel shots to get the win.

Levine was equally strong, stopping 32 Missouri shots in the loss.

After two scoreless periods, the Mavericks broke through 4:01 into the third on a goal by Darren Nowick after a Fuel turnover in the defensive zone. Four minutes later, Aaron Berisha added to Missouri’s lead

Matt Stanisz broke the shutout for Indy with 1:48 left and Levine pulled for the extra attacker, but the Fuel were unable to get the equalizer.

Indy is now 2-2-0 after a three-game roadtrip. The Fuel return home next weekend to face the Tulsa Oilers and Allen Americans Friday and Saturday, with both games at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

Boxscore

3 stars

  1. Aaron Belisha (MO) GWG
  2. Josh Robinson (MO) 31 saves
  3. Darren Howick (MO) G

Takeaways

  1. Missouri has become one of the tougher places to play in the ECHL, but the Fuel continue to get solid goaltending. Jake Hildebrand had back-to-back games with 1 GA last week in the two wins, and now Levine draws a hard-luck loss despite a solid effort.
  2. The Fuel’s top line of Kevin Lynch-Alex Wideman-Tyler Currier was held off the scoreboard for the first time this season. The trio had combined for eight of the Fuel’s nine goals in the first three games.
  3. Stasnisz’s late goal was the first by a Fuel defenseman this season. Along with Alex Wideman, Stanisz also led the Fuel with five shots.
  4. Anthony Beauregard had an assist on the goal, giving him two points for the season.
  5. The 32 shots for the Fuel was a season-high.
  6. Indy was a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill, and is now 14-fo4-16 on the PK this season. The Fuel are 0-for-11 on the PP after being unable to score on its lone chance Saturday.

Lineup

Kevin Lynch-Alex Wideman-Tyler Currier
Martin Bellus-Patrick D’Amico-Brady Ramsay
Marek Tvrdon-Raphael Corriveau-Matt Rupert
Raphael Corriveau

Matt Stanisz-Jonathan Carlsson
Nick Mattson-Drew Schiestel
Randy Cure-Kyle Shapiro

Eric Levine
BU: Jake Hildebrand

Scratches: Cody Sharib, Paxton Leroux, Zach Miskovic, Dillon Fournier

Next up: The Fuel host Tulsa Oct. 28 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Allen comes to visit the next night.