ANCHORAGE, AK – For the first time since 2014 preseason, the Indy Fuel played a game in Alaska. Indy looked to snap their losing skid in the first of three against the Alaska Aces on Wednesday night. Prior to Wednesday night, Indy had not been on the winning side of a game since opening weekend against the Cincinnati Cyclones.
The first period didn’t really go as planned for the Fuel. Indy was given two penalties but was able to kill off both. Because of the two penalties, the Aces were able to put up 18 shots on Fuel goaltender Eric Levine. The 6-foot-3 goaltender fought off a late surge by the Aces, making a great cross-crease save with about 7 minutes remaining, then being saved by the blue Geico posts late in the period.
The second period got even worse for the Fuel after they gave up the opening goal three minutes in. Steve Tarasuk put home a rebound to give the Aces the lead. The shots just kept coming and Alaska was able to double their lead when Peter Sivak was able to bury a pass from behind the net.
Just a few minutes later, a defensive breakdown led to the third goal of the game. Tommy Olczyk got open and handed Tim Coffman an easy backdoor tap-in.
The third period started well for the Fuel but seemed to be more of the same throughout. Kevin Lynch put up the first tally for the Fuel after beating an Alaska defenseman and put a shot over the shoulder of Michael Garteig. Three minutes later, Alaska took their three-goal lead back when Nolan Descoteaux beat Levine with a wrist shot.
Indy was severely outshot on Wednesday night by the Aces. Fuel goaltender, Eric Levine stopped 42 of 46 Alaska shots. Although Indy’s penalty kill was perfect on Wednesday, they also were unable to score on two power play chances.
With Wednesday’s loss, Indy has now dropped seven games in a row. Their only two wins coming from opening weekend against the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Fuel will have two more chances to beat the Aces on the Olympic-sized ice this weekend.