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.
- Aaron Belisha (MO) GWG
- Josh Robinson (MO) 31 saves
- Darren Howick (MO) G
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Anthony Beauregard had an assist on the goal, giving him two points for the season.
- The 32 shots for the Fuel was a season-high.
- 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.
Kevin Lynch-Alex Wideman-Tyler Currier
Martin Bellus-Patrick D’Amico-Brady Ramsay
Marek Tvrdon-Raphael Corriveau-Matt Rupert
Matt Stanisz-Jonathan Carlsson
Nick Mattson-Drew Schiestel
Randy Cure-Kyle Shapiro
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.