Indianapolis, IN – Looking for their second win in their last 13 games, the Indy Fuel hosted the Wheeling Nailers on Friday night. The second meeting all season between the two teams came on Brave the Shave night for the Fuel. Indy players rocked specialty jerseys that were auctioned off for St Baldrick’s Foundation.
With the record as of late, Indy Fuel players hosted a players-only meeting during the week to discuss the recent stint of games as well as the future.
The Fuel players came out strong in the first period. The physicality of the two teams showed throughout the entire game leading to two fights as well as many players finishing checks all over the ice. That physical play led to Indy making two trips to the penalty box in the first period.
Although they didn’t score, Wheeling took advantage of tiring out the Fuel through two straight power plays. Just 17 seconds after the Fuel killed off their second penalty Alexandre Carrier got alone in the slot and put a wrist shot past Eric Levine.
Josh Shalla tied the game up by walking through what seemed was the entire Nailers team.
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The second period was dominated by the Nailers. Again, Indy put up the first goal, a rebound from a point shot came to Alex Wideman and he buried the rebound for his 18th goal of the season. Former Indy Fuel forward Tyler Currier scored for Wheeling to tie the game again.
The third didn’t see any scoring but both teams had decent chances to score. The Fuel were getting very consistent time in the Wheeling defensive zone but were not taking advantage. Players were trying to find the perfect shot as opposed to just firing the puck at Wheeling goaltender Doug Carr.
The defensive third period led to overtime. Indy had two chances to put the game away, one being a just near miss. That near miss led to a Wheeling rush the other way and a bar-down wrist shot by Cody Wydo to give Wheeling the two points.
Friday night saw a Fuel team starving for a win. Giving up shots is still a major problem for the Fuel. Eric Levine was forced to stop 40 shots from Wheeling on Friday night, a normal occurrence for Indy lately.
The Fuel will face the Quad City Mallards on Saturday night and continue to break their four-game winless skid.