Game 20: Fuel at Brampton

The Indy Fuel had a hot start Wednesday morning at Brampton, but the host Beast were able to seize control in the second period and beat the Fuel 6-3.

The Fuel scored three straight goals in the first period to take a 3-1 edge, but Brampton scored late in the period and added three more in the second to take a 5-3 lead over Indy.

David Vallorani scored twice and Luke Pither had three assists for Brampton. Scott Jacklin had a goal and an assist.

Matt Rupert had a goal and an assist for the Fuel in the defeat. Tyler Barnes, making his return to the Fuel lineup after a stint in Rockford, had two assists.

The Fuel had an outstanding first period. After David Pacan scored a power play goal early for Brampton, the Fuel seized momentum with a power play and a goal shortly thereafter. Rupert scored a power play goal at 8:15 of the first, followed by goals by Tyler Currier and Alex Wideman in the ensuing five minutes, to give the Fuel a 3-1 edge.

Barnes made a big play to set up Rupert, winning the puck behind the net and feeding Rupert in the slot for the goal. On his next shift, Rupert fired a shot from the left side, where Currier buried the weak-side rebound to give Indy a lead at 10:02 of the first. Barnes then fed Wideman on a rush, who sniped a shot from the left circle past Brampton goaltender Zachary Fucale at 12:59.

Indy had a 16-12 shot edge in the first and was flying.

Things looked good, but Vallorani drew Brampton within one 1:13 after Wideman’s goal, and the Beast exploded in the second. Luc-Olivier Blain tied the game at 4:55, Vallorani gave Brampton the lead less than three minutes later, and Brandon Marino was able to get a shot through the defense later in the period.

Despite a late second-period power play and one in the third, the Fuel were able to draw no closer. Brampton added a late empty-netter.

The Fuel have now dropped four straight games in regulation and are 8-10-2 on the season. They’ll travel to Reading for games Friday and Saturday evening.

Boxscore

3 stars

  1. David Vallorani (BRM) 2G
  2. Luke Pither (BRM) 3A
  3. Matt Rupert (Fuel) G/A

Takeaways

  1. Tyler Barnes was assigned by Rockford on Tuesday, and quickly continued to show why he’s one of the top players the ECHL. He had two assists and now, in two ECHL games this season, has a goal and six assists. Evan Mosey also re-joined the team and was penciled into the lineup.
  2. Alex Wideman had his scoring streak snapped against Missouri, but has now tallied points in two straight games. He’s the first Fuel player to hit 10 goals for a season.
  3. Kevin Lynch and Matt Rupert each snapped three-game scoreless streaks. Meanwhile, Anthony Beauregard had a four-game scoring streak snapped. Wednesday marked Rupert’s second multi-point game of the year. Tyler Currier’s assist gives him a point for the third time in four games.
  4. Wednesday was the Fuel’s first regulation loss when scoring at least three goals in regulation. The Fuel are 6-1-2 when lighting the lamp three times.
  5. Wednesday also marked the first game in Canada for an Indianapolis hockey team since Oct. 31, 1998, when the Indianapolis Ice fell to the Manitoba Moose 7-4 in Winnipeg.

Lineup

Alex Wideman-Kevin Lynch-Tyler Barnes
Marek Tvrdon-Anthony Beauregard-Tristan King
Matt Rupert-Bryn Chyzyk-Tyler Currier
Evan Mosey

Nick Mattson-Jonathan Carlsson
Randy Cure-Zach Miskovic
Keevin Cutting-Matt Stanisz

Eric Levine
BU: Keegan Asmundson

Scratches: Patrick D’Amico, Chris Williams, Raphael Corriveau (res), Brady Ramsay (res), Cody Sharib (IR)

Next up: the Fuel are in Reading for games Friday and Saturday.