Game 21: Fuel at Reading

For the second straight game, the Indy Fuel grabbed an early lead on the road Friday night, only to see their hosts turn the tables.

The Reading Royals scored three times in 92 seconds late in the first period to take a lead, then added on in the second and third to beat the Fuel 8-2 Friday at Reading.

The Royals scored the game’s last seven goals after Indy built a 2-1 lead in the first period.

The eight goals allowed tied a franchise record, which was originally set Jan. 2, 2015 against Toledo. Chris McCarthy had two goals and two assists, and 13 of Reading’s 16 skaters were on the scoresheet, while Royals goaltender Mark Dekanich stopped 29 shots. Fuel goaltender Eric Levine made 35 saves.

The start was solid for Indy. Alex Wideman scored his 11th goal of the season just 2:22 into the contest. Reading answered with a power play goal, but Nick Mattson followed with his first of the year with 9:00 left in the first, giving the Fuel a 2-1 advantage.

Reading did its damage swiftly. McCarthy scored with 4:28 left in the period, followed by a goal 35 seconds later from Florian Iberer – assisted by old friend Robbie Czarnik – and another one form Derik Johnson 57 seconds after that one.

The Fuel pushed in the second period, outshooting Reading 17-15, but the Royals’ Matt Willows scored with one second left to give his team a three-goal lead. Kevin Lynch had a number of point-blank chances, but Dekanich denied them with spectacular saves. Lynch led Indy with six shots. Reading scored three goals in the final eight minutes of the third.

The two teams play again Saturday night at Reading. Indy (8-11-2) will be looking to snap a five-game regulation skid and snap a seven-game Royals winning streak.

Boxscore

Three stars

  1. Chris McCarthy (REA) 2G/2A
  2. Mark Dekanich (REA) 29 saves
  3. Michael Boivin (REA) 2A

Takeaways

  1. The Fuel had another strong start, but Reading was able to answer quickly. The game got away in the third period, and you leave wondering if things might have been different had the Fuel been able to bury a couple of second-period chances.
  2. Patrick D’Amico returned to the Fuel lineup for the first time since Nov. 20. He had an assist on Mattson’s goal and one shot.
  3. Kevin Lynch was snakebit in the game. He had six shots to lead the Fuel, but Dekanich robbed him a couple of times.
  4. Alex Wideman’s goal gave him a point for the third straight game. He now has 11 goals on the season to lead the Fuel. He’s tallied points in eight of his last 10 games.
  5. It was also good to see Mattson score an early goal for the Fuel. A quarterback on the back end, he’s long had a great shot. He also broke a five-game scoreless streak with the goal.
  6. Tristan King had the primary assist on Wideman’s goal for his first Fuel point. He was skating in his fourth game since being traded from Allen. Bryn Chyzyk also had an assist on Mattson’s goal, his first point since Oct. 29. That snapped a 10-game scoreless streak.
  7. Indy was 0-1 on the power play. Reading was 1-5.

Lineup

Matt Rupert-Kevin Lynch-Tyler Barnes
Alex Wideman-Bryn Chyzyk-Tristan King
Marek Tvrdon-Anthony Beauregard-Tyler Currier
Patrick D’Amico

Nick Mattson-Jonathan Carlsson
Zach Miskovic-Randy Cure
Chris Williams-Matt Stanisz

Eric Levine
BU: Keegan Asmundson

Scratches: Raphael Corriveau, Brady Ramsay, Keevin Cutting, Cody Sharib (IR)

Roster move: On Thursday’s off-day, Rockford recalled Evan Mosey to the AHL.

Next up: Indy continues its five-game road trip with a Saturday evening tilt in Reading.