The Indy Fuel’s four-game roadtrip began with a visit to the two-time defending Kelly Cup champions.
It also began with a three-goal first period that pushed the Allen Americans to a 6-3 victory over the Fuel Saturday evening.
The two teams will meet again Sunday afternoon at Allen, before the trip heads to Wichita and Quad City, as the Fuel look to snap a 10-game road winless streak.
A high-scoring game saw the Fuel fall behind 4-1 early in the second period and see a goaltending change, as Eric Levine took over for Jake Hildebrand.
Alex Guptill and Kevin Lynch scored :52 apart in the period to cut the deficit to one. But the Americans’ Chad Costello – one of the ECHL’s top scorers – tallied his 19th goal of the season just 1:26 after Lynch’s tally.
That goal stemmed the Fuel’s momentum, gave Allen a two-score advantage, and set the table for the third period, in which Bryan Moore scored the lone goal 6:15 in to extend the Americans’ lead to three.
The wild first period saw Moore score his first goal of the game just 1:55 in. Forty-two seconds later, Josh Shalla responded with a tally assisted by Kevin Lynch and Bryn Chyzyk.
With the Fuel shorthanded due to a bench minor, Spencer Asuchak scored a power play goal 8:26 into the game, and Gary Steffes scored late in the period to give the Americans a 3-1 lead. Tanner Eberle made it 4-1 four minutes into the second, before the Fuel’s quick response cut the deficit to one.
Shalla and Lynch each had a goal and an assist to lead the Fuel attack.
- Bryan Moore (ALN) 2G
- Chad Costello (ALN) G/A
- Miles Liberati (ALN) A
- One thing the Fuel do well is respond – the two-goal outburst came just over two minutes after they fell behind 4-1 – but a three-goal deficit is a big hole to climb out of.
- Saturday marked the first game in a six-game span the team played with a full lineup of 16 healthy skaters. It marked the Fuel debut of defenseman Nick Grasso, who had been playing in the SPHL. He was a +1 on the day.
- Guptill and Lynch each scored their 10th goals of the season in the contest. For Guptill, it was a chance to play against his former teammates. He played 10 games for Allen this season, and has been nearly a point-a-game player for the Fuel. He now has six goals and three assists in 11 games for Indy. He has points in two consecutive games.
- Shalla had his second multi-point game since joining the Fuel. He has seven points in nine games with Indy.
- Lynch has now tallied points in five of the last six games. Tonight marked his fourth multi-point contest of the season. He is now in double-digits in goals (10) and assists (11). Another player with a hot stick is Bryn Chyzyk, who had an assist on Lynch’s goal and has points in four of his last five games.
- Saturday’s game marked the third time the Fuel used two goaltenders in a game.
- Indy is now 0-1-1 against Allen this season. After Sunday’s clash, the teams will have three more meetings remaining.
Bryn Chyzyk-Kevin Lynch-Josh Shalla
Alex Wideman-Alex Guptill-Tristan King
Ryan Keller-Patrick D’Amico-Matt Rupert
Brandon Martell-Jonathan Carlsson
Chris Williams-Zach Miskovic
Nick Grasso-Robin Press
Scratches: Nick Betz, Brady Ramsay (res), Matt Stanisz (res), Raphael Corriveau (IR), Cody Sharib (IR)
Next up: The two teams meet in Allen at 5:05 p.m. Sunday.