Game 16: Fuel at Quad City

It had been a while since the Indy Fuel found themselves on the small end of the scoreboard at the end of the night.

Two weeks after their six-game win streak began, the Fuel saw it snapped Friday with a 4-3 shootout loss at Quad City.

Quad City’s Alex Petan and Sam Warning scored in the shootout, while the Fuel’s Alex Wideman and Kevin Lynch were stopped.

Despite the loss, which moves Indy’s record to 8-6-2, the Fuel extended their streak of games without a regulation loss to seven.

The game saw scored in quick succession in the second period, which ended tied at 2-2. In the third, Quad City took its first lead of the game 60 seconds in when Sam Warning scored his eighth of the year, but the Fuel answered four minutes later, when Wideman threw the puck to the front of the net, where it redirected off Lynch’s skate toward goal, and ramped into the net.

Goaltenders Jake Hildebrand of Indy and Quad City’s C.J. Motte were perfect for the remainder of the game to send it into the shootout.

In the second period, the Fuel had a pair of leads and saw Quad City answer each one. Matt Rupert scored for the second straight game, blasting a shot from the left circle 3:59 into the second. Anthony Beauregard made the play from below the goal line, winning the puck out of a double-team and feeding Rupert for the one-timer.

The fireworks began late in the period. Michael Parks tied the game for Quad City with 3:14 left in the second, but Wideman untied it with 1:13 left. He fired home a rebound of Jonathan Carlsson’s point shot to give the Fuel a 2-1 lead. It would be short-lived, as Jack Nevins scored for the Mallards, burying a rebound with 11 seconds left in the second period.

Quad City has a 44-31 shot advantage, but much of that was built in the first period, when the Mallards had a 15-7 edge and Hildebrand made a number of key saves. Early in the second, Quad City had a solid scoring chance that broke through Hildebrand, but defenseman Chris Williams swept it off the line.

Indy was 0-for-3 on the power play, while Quad City was 0-for-4.

Boxscore

3 stars

  1. Sam Warning (QC) G, +2, SO winner
  2. Mike Wilson (QC) 2A
  3. Alex Wideman (Fuel) G/2A

Takeaways

  1. Alex Wideman continues to have a hot stick. He had another goal and two assists, giving him five straight multi-point games. In that stretch, he has six goals and six assists and has a +13 rating.
  2. While the winning streak was snapped, the points streak continues, which is key playing a divisional road game during a busy stretch in the season. The victory kept the Fuel right in the middle of the Central Division standings.  With 18 points, the Fuel are one point back of fourth-place Quad City and two back of third-place Fort Wayne.
  3. Wideman isn’t the only player with a scoring streak going. Matt Rupert now has scored goals in three consecutive games. Forward Kevin Lynch has points in four straight games, a stretch in which he has three goals and four assists. Defenseman Jonathan Carlsson now has points in three straight games and four of the last five.
  4. The Fuel and Mallards will play eight more times this season, the next coming Dec. 17 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

Lineup

Marek Tvrdon-Kevin Lynch-Alex Wideman
Matt Rupert-Anthony Beauregard-Tyler Currier
Bryn Chyzyk–Brady Ramsay-Raphael Corriveau
Ryan Keller

Nick Mattson-Jonathan Carlsson
Keevin Cutting-Chris Williams
Matt Stanisz-Randy Cure

Jake Hildebrand
BU: Eric Levine

Scratches: Brandon Carlson, Tristan King, Patrick D’Amico (res), Evan Mosey (res), Zach Miskovic (IR), Cody Sharib (IR), Paxton Leroux (IR)

Roster moves: Prior to Friday’s game, the Fuel activated defenseman Keevin Cutting, who signed earlier in the week. Also, Tristan King was acquired from Allen for future considerations.

Next up: The Fuel return home Saturday night for two games against the Missouri Mavericks, at 7:35 p.m. Saturday and 3:05 p.m. Sunday. The three-game homestead concludes Friday, Dec. 2 against Cincinnati. Missouri is returning from a three-game Florida trip. The Mavericks last played Monday in a 7-2 loss to Orlando.