INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time at Indiana Farmers Coliseum this season, the Indy Fuel played host to the Brampton Beast Tuesday night. This was the second of five meetings between the two teams this season, the first, a 6-3 loss in Brampton. Prior to Tuesday night, Brampton had won six of their last seven matchups while the Fuel came into Tuesday having lost nine-straight games in regulation.
Indy’s first period was a strong one. The team put seven shots on Brampton goaltender Zach Fucale and created several strong chances throughout out the period. Through the first period, goaltender Eric Levine was tested by the Brampton offense. He was able to fend off everything that Brampton threw at him. Both goaltenders fended off everything in the first period and sent the teams into the locker room scoreless.
The second period was a good one for Indy as well. Although Brampton was able to put a puck past Levine, Indy fought off 12 shots and killed two penalties.
The third period was the most eventful period of the game. Indy went into the locker room down by a goal after the second period but came out firing in the third period. Less than a minute into the third period, Robin Press fired a slapshot from the point, giving the Fuel the tying goal. The play went back and forth after the Press goal, both teams getting chances to take the lead. Brampton’s David Vallorani gave the Beast their second lead of the game and that would be the only goal they needed when David Pacan put the game away with 21 seconds to go in the game.
Tuesday night’s Fuel team was a very different team that has played recently. The team was putting pucks on net and developing scoring chances but pucks just wouldn’t seem to bounce their way. In his first full game in a Fuel uniform, Josh Shalla looked strong and played well with Tristan King and Alex Wideman. Robin Press picked up his first goal in a Fuel uniform with his third-period bomb. Eric Levine played his best game of the year by far. He stopped 28 of 31 Brampton shots.
Through the team’s winless streak one bright spot is Indy’s penalty kill. The Fuel killed off 5-of-6 penalties on Tuesday night, the one power play goal came with :21 left in the game. While the penalty kill has excelled the power-play continues to struggle, going 0-for-3 on Tuesday against the Beast.
While there was evidence of a team still trying to build chemistry, Indy played their best game since their last win on November 23rd. The Fuel and Beast will face each other again on Thursday night before Indy goes on their holiday break.
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