TULSA, OK – The Indy Fuel hit the road Friday night to take on the Tulsa Oilers. Prior to Friday, Indy was unbeaten in their first two games against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Their fortunes would not be the same in their second of three straight road games on as they fell 6-1 to Tulsa.
The scoring was opened early in the game by Tulsa’s Adam Pleskach. A defensive lapse at the Fuel offensive blueline led to an odd-man rush, giving Pleskach an easy tuck-in. Indy would respond a minute later when Tyler Currier buried a rebound from a shot by Kevin Lynch. Paxton Leroux introduced himself to Fuel fans by dropping the gloves with Reid Halabi.
The teams came out of the locker room and Indy started making trips to the penalty box. It was all downhill from there. Tulsa’s leading scorer, Darcy Murphy put in his first goal of the game on a wrist shot from the slot, making it 2-1. Murphy would pick up a second goal later in the period when he buried a loose puck in front of Fuel goaltender Jake Hildebrand. That would be Tulsa’s second power-play goal of the game.
Towards the middle of the second period, Indy picked up a power play. Reid Halabi earned a double-minor for Roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct. While breaking the puck out, Alex Wideman had the puck stolen from him by Dan DeSalvo, he would put Tulsa up 4-1.
The third period wasn’t much better for the Fuel. Adam Pleskach scored his second goal of the game five minutes in, capitalizing on a 3-on-1. After that, tempers started to flare when Zach Miskovic dropped the gloves with Emerson Clark. Clark was given a game-misconduct as well as a fighting major. Miskovic was helped off the ice by trainer George Bullock Jr.. Tulsa’s Shawn Bates would finish off the scoring by picking up a rebound from a shot by Nolan Julseth-White.
Tulsa’s special teams were very good on Friday night. They blanked the Fuel on all five penalty kills while scoring shorthanded on one of the. They also capitalized on two of six power-play chances, breaking Indy’s perfect penalty kill streak.
Indy will face the Missouri Mavericks on Saturday night prior to coming back to Indianapolis next weekend and facing both the Oilers and Mavericks again at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.