INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Coming off of an impressive 6-1 win over the Wheeling Nailers, the Indy Fuel looked to improve their win streak to four in a row. Marek Tvrdon lead the team with two goals and one assist as well as Anthony Beauregard extending his scoring streak. The Fuel looked to extend their winning streak on Friday night, hosting the Atlanta Gladiators for the first time this season.
The first period was full of scoring for the Fuel. Indy’s Evan Mosey started the scoring five minutes into the first period when he picked up a loose puck and sprung himself on a breakaway. Mosey made a great move to the backhand on Atlanta goaltender, Steve Racine. Mosey doubled the Fuel lead just two minutes later, putting home a cross-crease pass from Alex Wideman.
Toward the end of the first period, the Fuel was given a power play when Thomas Frazee picked up a goaltender interference minor. A blast from the point by Fuel defenseman, Matt Stanisz gave the Fuel a 3-0 lead going into the intermission.
Indy held the lead throughout the entire game but had to fight off a flurry from the Gladiators late in the third period. Atlanta made Fuel fans fairly nervous late in the third when they brought the Fuel lead down to one goal but luckily Alex Wideman scored almost immediately following the Gladiators second goal of the game. Atlanta would end up scoring one more goal with the extra attacker, forcing the Fuel to defend for the last minute and a half.
Fuel goaltender, Jake Hildebrand picked up his 6th win of the season stopping 28 of 31 Atlanta shots. Hildebrand currently holds all six of the team’s wins this season. The Fuel special teams were perfect tonight as the only power play goal came from Stanisz in the first period. Indy was handed three penalties throughout the game and thanks to the help of Hildebrand with Saturday’s win over Atlanta, Indy extended their win streak to four games.
The Fuel will look to extend their win streak in the second half of the back-to-back with Atlanta on Sunday afternoon in a 3:05 matinee on Fuel Family Fun Day. After that, Indy will play two Central Division games in a row, the first on Wednesday against Kalamazoo then Friday in Quad City.