ALLEN, TX – After an entire week off, the Indy Fuel headed to Allen this weekend for a back-to-back at the Allen Event Center. The Allen Americans, coming out of an off week of their own, put up six goals on Indy en route to a win in the first half of back-to-back games. Indy looked to change their fortunes against Allen on Sunday afternoon.
The Americans controlled the majority of the opening period. The Allen pressure led to Bryan Moore putting a wrist shot past Fuel goaltender Eric Levine. After the Allen goal by Moore, the Fuel began to piece their game together and put high percentage shots on Allen goaltender Jamie Murray. Toward the end of the period, Murray made a lunging save with the paddle of his stick to deny the Fuel the tying goal.
Indy had four power play chances in the first period, one being a double minor on Spencer Asuchak. Throughout the power plays, Indy couldn’t get much going. It seemed the team was looking for the perfect shot instead of just firing the puck at Murray.
Indy was finally able to get their scoring going in the second period. Alex Wideman found Patrick D’Amico on a give and go and D’Amico was able to deflect a Wideman pass for the first Fuel goal.
The third period was the widest open of all. Matt Rupert opened the scoring one minute into the period, jamming home a rebound, and tying the game at two goals a piece. Rupert doubled his goal count with a pass from Kevin Lynch, giving Lynch six points in his last six games (4 goals, 2 assists). Allen countered with three straight goals, including an empty-net goal.
Indy’s power play went one-for-seven on Sunday afternoon, the lone goal coming from Matt Rupert. Throughout every power play, the team couldn’t get anything going. Passing and turning the puck over multiple times. Alex Guptill’s play was strong on Sunday. He is very good at crossing the blue line and putting the puck on net. Several times, Indy wasn’t able to capitalize on chances because of too much stick handling.
Eric Levine started for the Fuel on Sunday and made several important stops for the team. Prior to the third period, without Levine in net, Indy could have been down by several goals.
Indy will continue their road trip on Tuesday, facing the Wichita Thunder. A team that has recently snapped a nine-game winless streak. After Tuesday, Indy will head to Moline to face the Quad City Mallards before returning home to face the Tulsa Oilers on Blackhawks Night.