Game 22: Fuel at Reading

For the third consecutive game, the Indy Fuel built a first-period lead Saturday evening in Reading.

But the Royals were able to tie the game four minutes later and take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish in the second period to beat the Fuel 3-1 at the Santander Arena in Reading.

The loss spoiled a strong goaltending effort by Keegan Asmundson, who made 23 saves in his return to the Fuel net. Asmundson was signed earlier in the week after goaltender Jake Hildebrand was called up to the AHL.

Reading swept the two-game weekend series. The Fuel are now 0-3-0 on the road trip and 0-6-1 in their last seven games. They have two games remaining on a five-game road swing before returning home next Saturday to face Quad City. Indy is now 8-12-1 on the season.

Raphael Corriveau scored his first goal of the season 6:26 into the first to give the Fuel a lead. He cashed in on a rebound from Patrick D’Amico’s shot, driving the net off the rush.

Indy then got a power play two minutes later, but 19 seconds after it expired, the Royals’ Chris McCarthy tied the game. A strong push early in the second was held out by Reading’s Mark Dekanich, and the Royals broke the deadlock with a goal by Michael Boivin midway through the second.

Dekanich made it hold up, as well as a Reading defense that held the Fuel to six shots in the third. Meanwhile, Indy held the Royals to just four shots in the final frame. He made a sprawling save on a Matt Rupert tip early in the third. Indy had a chance late with Asmundson pulled, but Tvrdon was robbed, which was followed by an empty-netter.

Boxscore

3 stars

  1. Justin Crandall (REA) 2A
  2. Michael Boivin (REA) GWG
  3. Mark Dekanich (REA) 19 saves

Takeaways

  1. Raphael Corriveau plays a heavy game with a lot of energy, and he had a lot of it early. He scored a long-overdue goal and made things happen, especially early.
  2. Keegan Asmundson had a solid finish to the season for the Fuel last season, and it was good to see him put forth a strong performance in his first game with the team this fall. He was in the Fuel’s training camp, but with Rockford sending the Fuel two goaltenders, there was no room on the roster at the time. Some good timing – he had been released by Fort Wayne days before Jake Hildebrand’s callup to Rockford – provided the roster room for him to come back to Indy. He posted a .917 save percentage last season, and stopped 23 of 25 Saturday and gave the Fuel a chance to win.
  3. Tyler Currier had an assist on Corriveau’s goal, and now has points in four of his last six games. Patrick D’Amico has had a strong return to the lineup after missing nearly three weeks with an injury, as he has tallied assists in both of his games since coming back.
  4. Both of Reading’s goal-scorers were players who were also key on Friday night. McCarthy, who had the game-tying goal in the first, had three goals and two assists on the weekend. Boivin had two assists on Friday before scoring the winner on Saturday.

Lineup

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

Nick Mattson-Jonathan Carlsson
Zach Miskovic-Keevin Cutting
Matt Stanisz-Chris Williams

Keegan Asmundson
BU: Eric Levine

Scratches: Bryn Chyzyk, Randy Cure, Brady Ramsay, Cody Sharib (IR)

Next up: The Fuel travel to Cincinnati for games Thursday and Friday next week, then return home to face Quad City for the Teddy Bear Toss game Saturday night.