INDIANAPOLIS – After a difficult loss on Sunday night, the Indy Fuel came into Tuesday night looking to shut down the Toledo Walleye, who have won five out of their last six games. The Fuel was without forward Ryan Rupert on Tuesday. He began his four-game suspension for a hit on Sunday night against the Quad City Mallards.
Indy came out looking to play physically and push the pace. Throughout the entire period, they did exactly that. Crisp, quick breakouts gave Indy several chances on the rush. However, the Walleye were the first ones to put the puck in the net. Mike Borkowski beat Collin Delia over the right shoulder with a nasty wrist shot. Chances kept coming for both teams throughout the period, but both goalies were able to weather the storms sent their way.
The second period wasn’t the most exciting period for either team. As it was for the first period, neither team got much going offensively. Most shots came on the rush and until about halfway through the period.
Charlie O’Connor came back to haunt the Fuel after scoring on them the last time the two teams played. A quick rebound from Delia came to O’Connor who was able to jam the puck through Delia’s five-hole. Indy picked up a few chances throughout the rest of the period, one coming from Nick Bligh, who rang the puck off the post on a 2-on-1.
The final 20 minutes started exactly how indy wanted them to. Radovan Bondra put home the first and only Indy goal of the night beating Toledo goalie Matej Machovsky on a 3-on-2. It was all downhill from there for Indy. Halfway through the period, Christian Hilbrich got alone in front of the net beating him with a squeaker through the left arm.
From there, the wheels fell off for the Fuel.
Midway through the final period, Reed Seckel and Kevin Tansey got into it, leading to more later on in the period. Tansey grabbed Seckel, and the two dropped the gloves. Toledo scored quickly after that, all but putting the game away.
- For the majority of the game, the Fuel didn’t play poorly. Players were putting pucks on net and driving for rebounds. Indy hit five posts throughout the night.
- Radovan Bondra picked up the only goal of the night for the Fuel, his first of the season.
- The Fuel went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill tonight. The score could have been much worse if it weren’t for the Indy PK. Players cleared the puck and blocked shots, shutting down an active Toledo power play
- Collin Delia wasn’t super impressive on Tuesday night. It seemed he was chasing the puck throughout the night and was giving up easy rebounds. The third Toledo goal was a goal that snuck through the arm of Delia.
- With Tuesday’s loss, the Fuel are now 0-5-1-1 in their last seven games.