The Indy Fuel have gotten back on the winning track recently, winning three of their last five games. Both goaltenders have picked up wins and the team seems to be a little more confident together on the ice. A resurgent Fuel team began their three games in three days on Friday night with a matchup against the Toledo Walleye.
The Walleye were looking to cement their playoff position while Indy was playing spoiler on Friday. That didn’t stop Toledo from putting on the pressure in the first period. The Walleye made sure to pour shots on Fuel goaltender Eric Levine but Indy weathered the storm.
The Fuel spent the majority of the period in their defensive zone but also managed to get offensive chances on the rush. Walleye goaltender, Jake Paterson only had to stop five Fuel shots in the opening period.
The floodgates opened in the second period. Toledo’s Jordan Hill was given an open lane by Indy’s defense and he beat Levine on a shot that snuck between his arm. Four minutes into the period, Indy got their chance to start scoring and Troy Vance and Paul Zanette beat Paterson with slapshots just nine seconds apart.
After the Indy goal, the team played a more relaxed game and put pressure on the Toledo defense. The second period was a great response to the Walleye opening period. Indy took a one-goal lead into the second period.
The Walleye opened the third period by testing Eric Levine, who stayed sharp and kept the puck out of the Fuel net. Indy was able to capitalize on an odd-man rush when Matt Rupert got alone and was taken down but still was able to chip the puck past Paterson.
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Matt Rupert’s highlight reel goal on Friday night.
Woody Hudson tripled the Fuel lead, beating Paterson with a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot. Hudson’s goal was his first professional goal.
Recently the Fuel have been confident and a team that hasn’t given up after being eliminated from the playoffs. Levine has shown significant strides when it comes to his gameplay and on Friday night that showed as he stopped 31 of 32 Toledo shots.
The Fuel will play the next two of their three games in three nights at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. On Saturday night, the Fuel will host the Fort Wayne Komets and Sunday the Cincinnati Cyclones will visit for an afternoon matchup.