INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off of a big 4-1 win over the Toledo Walleye on Friday night, the Indy Fuel hosted their I-69 rival, the Fort Wayne Komets. Recently, the Fuel have started to put wins on the board and began to play relaxed and as a team. Both goaltenders have been stellar in net as well, leading to the Fuel earning 12 points in their last ten games.
The first period did not go as planned for the Fuel. Fort Wayne was winning puck battles and controlling play throughout the entire period, leading to the first goal by Kyle Thomas on a power play.
Coming out in the second period, the Fuel were a completely different team. Fort Wayne doubled their lead early in the period but Indy responded with two goals by Michael Neal, 45 seconds apart. Josh Shalla gave the Fuel the lead with one-tenth of a second left in the second, picking up a rebound from a Michael Neal bomb.
Again, the Komets responded and scored the early goal in the final period, tying the game at three. As it was through the entire game, the Fuel had a response when Jake Marchment scored his 15th of the season. Near the end of the period, Fort Wayne responded again, tying the game and sending it to overtime.
Overtime was rather uneventful. Both teams traded chances but neither was able to get anything that really looked like it would end the game, leading to a shootout.
Jake Hildebrand and Garrett Bartus stood tall in the shootout, stopping three shots each. Mike Embach had the goal that mattered and Bartus got the save to give the Komets the extra point in the shootout.
Indy will look to continue their point streak when they face the Cincinnati Cyclones on Sunday afternoon.