INDEPENDENCE, MO. – In their second game in as many nights, the Indy Fuel fell to the Missouri Mavericks 2-1. Fans at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena were treated to a goaltending and defensive battle on Saturday night. Both teams shut each other out for the first two periods, but Missouri gutted it out, scoring two third period goals, earning them their first win of the season.
In their second game in as many nights and third on the road, Indy was unable to score more than one goal on Mavs goaltender Josh Robinson. The only goal for the Fuel would come from Matt Stanisz, scoring with an extra attacker late in the final period.
The first two periods between the two teams were scoreless. Each team put up over 20 shots in the first 20 minutes of the game. It took until four minutes into the third period for the first goal of the game to be scored by the Mavs. Missouri’s Darren Nowick dumped the puck in behind the net causing Indy goaltender Eric Levine to come out and play the puck to Mavericks forward Reed Seckel. The former Fuel forward made a pass to Nowick who tucked in the first goal of the game.
Later on in the third, a face-off in the Missouri zone led to a Mavs 2-on-1 rush. Forward Aaron Berisha was able to beat Levine with a wrist shot, giving Missouri a 2-0 lead.
Matt Stanisz cut the lead in half by putting a point shot through traffic past Robinson for his first goal of the season.
Indy’s special teams came up short again tonight, although they only had one chance throughout the entire game. The penalty kill also shut out the Missouri power-play on Saturday night, killing off 3-of-3.
With this weekend’s losses, the Fuel drop to a 2-2 record and fall to 6th in the Central Division. Indy will head back home to Indiana Farmers Coliseum next weekend to take on the Tulsa Oilers Friday and the Mavericks again, next Saturday.