READING, PA – After being embarrassed on Friday night against the Reading Royals by a score of 8-2, the Indy Fuel looked to change their fortunes on Saturday night. Coming into the game on a six-game losing streak, Indy was looking for their first win since November 23rd against the Kalamazoo Wings.
The beginning of the first period was very similar to Friday’s game. Indy opened the scoring six minutes into the game. Raphael Corriveau opened the scoring by putting a loose puck past Reading goaltender, Mark Dekanich. Indy’s goal came on the rush and after an initial shot by Tyler Currier. Indy’s lead lasted until ten minutes remaining in the period. Chris McCarthy put a backhand shot past Fuel netminder, Keegan Asmundson to send teddy bears flying from Royals fans.
The Royals controlled most of the opening period. It took until just over halfway through the period for Indy to get more than two shots. The Fuel also had two power plays in the period but we’re not able to capitalize.
The second period for Indy was much better than Friday night. Both teams were getting their own chances and the play was back and forth until around eight minutes left in the period. Reading’s Michael Boivin was able to capitalize on an odd-man rush by beating Asmundson with a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle. After their go-ahead goal, the momentum swung the Royals’ way and they controlled the remainder of the period, taking a 2-1 lead into the locker room after 40 minutes.
A desperate Fuel team came out in the third period looking to tie the game at two. Indy controlled the play throughout most the period. However, Steven Swavely would hit the empty net at the 19:25 mark of the third period to secure a 3-1 Royals victory. Although they only put up six shots, the Fuel were able to hold the puck in the Royals zone and put pressure on Dekanich. The 6-foot-2 goaltender never had to make a spectacular save but he was able to fight off all but one as he was able to get in front of 19 of Indy’s 20 shots.
Indy’s penalty kill was perfect on Saturday night, and newly signed goaltender, Asmundson was able to fight off 23 of 25 shots from the Royals. A continuous problem for the Fuel is the power play. Indy’s power play was unable to score on two chances Saturday night.
With Reading’s sweep of the Fuel, Indy’s losing streak is now at seven games. The next two games for the Fuel are next Thursday and Friday against the Cincinnati Cyclones from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Both games are slated to start at 7:35pm EST.