INDIANAPOLIS, ID — An offensive flurry by the visiting Rapid City Rush went unrewarded as the Indy Fuel rode out two first period goals to a 2-0 shutout victory in the only meeting between these two teams on Friday night.
The Fuel took advantage of an early turnover in the neutral zone that resulted in an odd-man rush for the home team. Patrick D’Amico finished the charge with his 6th goal on the season when he beat Rush netminder Marek Langhamer at 2:29 for the early 1-0 lead.
Indy would double their lead just before intermission off a lucky deflected pass that trickled its way by Langhamer. The time of that goal was 19:44 with Alex Guptill getting credit for the score as he was the last Indy player to have contact with the puck.
Rapid City had several opportunities to cut into that 2-0 deficit with a power play opportunity in the final period along with out-shooting the Fuel 30-15 over the final 40 minutes.
But the perfection by Langhamer and onslaught of shots on net were not enough for the Rush to solve the Fuel’s netminder Jake Hildebrand.
Hildebrand is credited with the win stopping all 45 shots faced while Langhamer suffered his first loss in a Rush uniform, stopping 27-of-29 shots faced.
The Rush continue their road trip as they travel to Toledo for their first ever meeting with the Walleye. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:15pm MT at the Huntington Center.