Indy Fuel @ Evansville IceMen
Wednesday November 4, 2015
Ford Center, Evansville, IN
9:30 am cst
Fuel (3-2-1 7 points)
- The Fuel will have only played one game in the last seven days prior to the Education Day game in Evansville. It was a 4-2 victory at home over Fort Wayne.
- Indy is 0-2-1 in their last three road games and their only road win this year was in Evansville.
- Leading the team with goals (3) and assists (4) is Dylan Clarke. Clarke earned four of his points (1G 3A) in one game during a 6-5 OT loss to the Komets on October 24th.
- Forward Garett Bembridge has two goals and three assists. He has notched one point in every Indy game so far this year sans the 3-0 Fort Wayne shutout on October 23rd.
- Shane Owen is the anticipated starting goalie. He is 2-2 on the year with a 2.23 GAA and a .926 save percentage
- Indy has been shutout once, but on average scores three goals per game.
Evansville (1-3-0 2 points)
- Evansville picked up its first road win and first win of the season Saturday in Greenville.
- It is expected that Christoffer Bengtsberg will start in net for Evansville. Scott Greenham was run into multiple times over the weekend and will be sitting out this week.
- Ryan Penny and Matthew Zay both scored their first career goal on Saturday. Both are expected to be significant pieces of the Evansville offense and getting the first goal out of the way may lead to more offense out of each player.
- Ignoring an empty net goal against Indy in the first game of the year, only South Carolina has scored more than two goals against Evansville this year.
- Alex Wideman was assigned to Evansville on Monday from the AHL. He’s big in heart, but not in stature. Alex is listed as 5’7 150 lbs.
- Defenseman Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel is out with a groin injury. He was placed on IR and if he is healed will be eligible to return on November 19th.
What to Watch For
Indy is starting to score more than they did at the beginning of the year. In two out of their last three games they’ve scored four or more goals. The IceMen have had defenseman Chris Carlisle called up to the AHL and lost Dieude-Fauvel to injury. The ability for the Evansville defense to limit quality scoring chances against Indy will be paramount to their success in the game.
Evansville is by no means an offensive juggernaut, but everyone can exhale after the team scored three goals in the third period on Saturday and two more on Sunday. The sinking feeling that the team will never score has been lifted. Losing that pressure could lead to more scoring chances going in the net.
It’s Evansville’s Education Day game. That means it will be a 9:30 am puck drop local time. Asking teams to play mid week and being ready to go so early is awkward. In odd situations like this, the team that shows up focused and ready to go obviously always has the advantage. Coach Sims and Coach Hillman are both strong coaches so there may not be any advantage to either team with a 9:30 am start time. If either team does start strong and manages to net a couple of goals in the first period, that should pave the way for victory.
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