INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel were able to pick up a point in the Western Conference Central Division standings after a 7-6 barn burner with the defending Kelly Cup Champion, Allen Americans on Saturday night. 10 Fuel players earned at least one point in Saturday night’s game and six players earned two points.
After trailing by three at the beginning of the third period on Friday night against Tulsa, the Fuel’s offensive production kept rolling through Saturday’s tilt with Allen. Throughout the entire game, Indy showed their resiliency by always responding to whatever Allen put on the scoresheet.
Allen was able to score two minutes into the game with a wrist shot from the slot that beat goaltender Jake Hildebrand over the shoulder. Both teams put up a combined 15 goals on Saturday, each scoring two goals per period. After falling behind 4-2 in the second period, Indy’s Marek Tvrdon tallied his second goal in two games, scoring on the power play with a wrist shot from the hash marks. Tyler Currier then tied the game with a buzzer beater goal at the end of the second period, tying the game 4-4 heading into the final period.
The third period was intense as both teams traded chances throughout the 20 minutes. Tvrdon put up his second goal of the game with another wrist shot from the middle of the slot, but it seemed Allen always had an answer for whatever Indy was able to do. Brady Ramsay gave Indy the lead with two minutes left in the game, picking up a rebound from a Bryn Chyzyk shot. Indy’s defense couldn’t stop the Allen pressure and that gave Eric Roy the tying goal in the final 46 seconds of the game.
The game went to overtime and Indy had two chances to end the game on odd-man rushes but couldn’t capitalize on either. A Fuel offensive zone turnover led to a 2-on-1 for Allen and Chad Costello would tap home a back-door pass from Spencer Asuchak.
If anything stuck out this weekend for Indy it was their resiliency and their will to continue to play when down. Being down 3-0 at the beginning of the third period on Friday and surmounting three 1-goal deficits in Saturday’s game showed the drive of the team and earned them a point against Allen. After being assigned from Indy’s AHL affiliate, Rockford IceHogs, Bryn Chyzyk made his Fuel debut on Saturday, earning two assists. In addition to Chyzyk, Chris Williams played his first game in a Fuel uniform after being signed this week. He earned a plus 1 rating and dropped the gloves with Allen’s Derek Mathers.
For the second straight night, the Fuel scored on the power-play with Tvrdon scoring both goals. Tvrdon now has three goals in his last two games. Indy has managed to stay out of penalty trouble as well, only having to kill off one penalty throughout the entire weekend.
Indy is having no trouble putting pucks in the net, scoring 15 goals in a total of six games. If the defense is able to tighten up, the team will start climbing up the standings. As of right now, they sit in last in the Central Division with five points.
Indy heads to Fort Wayne to take on the Komets before returning home next Saturday night, November 5th when they host Quad City for the first time this season.