ESTERO, FL – After a difficult loss to the Florida Everblades on Wednesday, the Fuel came back Friday night for the second game of a three-game series between the two. Florida took the first of the three games by a score of 3-1. Indy came into Friday night’s contest looking to get back to their run-and-gun, fast-paced game that Florida shut down on Wednesday night.
Indy got the scoring started early on Friday, scoring less than three minutes in when Cam Reid picked up a loose puck at the left faceoff dot and beat Florida goaltender Callum Booth over the shoulder. Florida would respond midway through the opening period with a power-play goal scored by Gus Young.
The rolling Fuel power play and the Rupert twins continued the scoring was at it again on Friday night when a bouncing puck after a Ryan Rupert shot came to his twin brother Matt Rupert who was able to slide the puck into an empty net. Geoff Walker headed to the Fuel locker room after the first period with an assist on both goals.
The second period started just as well as the opening period did for Indy. The team was flying and creating scoring chances early. A streaking Andrew Schmit sent a puck towards Booth and it popped out into the slot for Reed Seckel to put home to double the Fuel lead.
Florida controlled much of the action in the first part of the third period. It only took two and a half minutes for the Everblades to cut the lead down to one goal. A shot from the point by Josiah Didier was saved by Collin Delia but the rebound came right to Michael Kirkpatrick and all he had to was tap it in.
Indy would not let up after having their lead cut in half. Didier was sent to the penalty box for roughing, giving the hot Indy power play another shot. It didn’t take long for the power play to go 2-for-3 on the night. Matt Rupert’s cannon one-timer from Robin Press gave Indy the 4-2 lead midway through the final period. Rupert would put home the empty-netter for the hat trick.
- Fuel got the scoring started early, something that has been part of their game plan this season. Friday, they scored less than three minutes into the game.
- Geoff Walker continues to play well, no matter who he is paired with. Walker finished the night with an assist on each of the first two goals
- Delia was good, stopping 36 shots on the night but he also had a few shaky moments. A goalie who likes to play the puck is always good in a system like the Fuel play but there were a few moments where he got a little too close to giving the puck away and having to recover
- The Rupert twins came up big for Indy on Friday night, especially on the powerplay. Matt Rupert picked up each power play goal as well as the empty-netter for a hat-trick.
- Reed Seckel’s game has always impressed me but his game Friday night was very strong. Playing alongside Olczyk and Bondra, Seckel picked up an easy tap-in goal, his first of the season
- The two teams will meet one more time before the weekend is over on Saturday night. Both teams will be looking to take the win in the three-game series.
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