INDIANAPOLIS – After falling to the Allen Americans last Friday, the Indy Fuel are looking for their first win since opening weekend. Indy will face two Central Division opponents this weekend, the first, Fort Wayne Komets at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Saturday they will host the Quad City Mallards at Indiana Farmers Coliseum before heading on a three-game road trip.
Friday will be Indy’s first of nine meetings between Fort Wayne and the Fuel. The Komets currently sit in fourth in the Central Division with a 4-2-0 record while Indy sits at seventh with a 2-3-1 record. This weekend will give the Fuel the opportunity to jump back into the mix with their Central Division opponents.
Who to watch:
Indy’s Alex Wideman leads the team with six points in six games (3g, 3a). Marek Tvrdon is riding a two-game scoring streak, scoring three goals in last weekend’s doubleheader, including the first two Fuel power-play goals. Nick Mattson leads the Indy defensemen in points with four points in six games.
Komets forward Kyle Thomas (2g, 5a) is currently tied for the team lead in points with Jamie Schaafsma (3g, 4a). Each player with seven points in six games. Jason Binkley leads the Komets defensemen with four points, (1g, 3g) in six games. Eric Hartzell is expected to get the start tonight for the Komets. He has appeared in three straight games for Fort Wayne, posting a 1-2-0-0 record, a 2.43 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. Backing him up is a familiar face to Indy Fuel fans, Keegan Asmundson. The former Fuel goaltender was signed by Fort Wayne on October 31st.
Indy will face Quad City for the first time this season on Saturday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. It will be the first of ten matchups between the two teams this season. Justin Kovacs currently leads the team in points with nine points (3g, 6a). Kovacs is closely trailed by a name Fuel fans have heard before, Sam Warning. The left wing has tallied eight points (4g, 4a) in his first seven games. Mike Monfredo lead the Mallards defensemen in points with five points, (1g, 4a). Goaltenders C.J. Motte and Adam Vay have both split their games evenly between the two. Motte currently sits at a 2.11 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
Indy’s power play hasn’t been excellent this season. Although, their fortunes may have changed last weekend. Indy’s power play went 2-for-4 last weekend when they faced Tulsa and Allen at the Coliseum, both goals coming from Marek Tvrdon. Their penalty kill, however, has been very good. They have killed off 88.2% of their penalties this season.
Jake Hildebrand has played the majority of Indy’s games this season. In five games, Hildebrand has put up a 3.59 GAA and a .888 save percentage. With a back-to-back this weekend, it is possible that Fuel fans see Eric Levine in net on Saturday.
After this weekend’s back-to-back, the Fuel will head north for three games in a row against the Alaska Aces, the first on Wednesday, then a back-to-back during the weekend. They will then head into the month of December playing six out of seven at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.