The Indy Fuel hosted their second annual Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday night against the Quad City Mallards. It only took Alex Wideman a little over half a period to send the teddy bears flying. Unfortunately, after Wideman’s goal, it was all downhill from there for Indy.
It only took the Mallards two minutes after Wideman’s goal to put two of their own past goaltender Eric Levine. Indy took the lead at 12:38 in the period and by 14:36, Quad City led the game 2-1.
Indy’s 6-2 loss to Quad City on Saturday night put their winless streak at ten straight. Indy gave up three goals in the first period after opening the scoring. With several new players in the lineup, Indy is still searching for their identity. Newly acquired forward Josh Shalla drove five hours from West Virginia and joined the team in the second and third period.
According to IndyPuck.com seven of the 18 Fuel players were making their first home appearance this season. The team is clearly still adjusting to each other and it wouldn’t be a surprise to continue to see moves during this upcoming week.
Indy was also without two of their top scorers in Kevin Lynch and Matt Stanicz. Lynch alone, has six goals and nine assists in 24 games played this season. Playing their third game in three days, both players were out with injuries.
Indy’s penalty kill continued to be strong Saturday night, going 4-for-4 on the night. Brady Ramsay picked up a beautiful shorthanded breakaway goal during their last penalty kill of the game for Indy.
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Ramsay also picked up a fighting major, dropping the gloves with Grant Arnold in the second period.
Indy’s power play continued to struggle on Saturday. Sitting at 25th in the league, Indy can’t seem to get much going when they have the man-advantage. Whether you chalk that up to new players still getting used to each other or just not being able to produce, Indy went 0-for-5 on Saturday night against Quad City.
Goaltender Eric Levine stopped 17 of 22 Quad City shots before being replaced by Keegan Asmundson. Asmundson made his first appearance at Indiana Farmers Coliseum since being signed during the prior road trip.
Indy will host the Brampton Beast this week. It will give the team a chance to play at home and practice on familiar ice together. Indy’s AHL affiliate, Rockford beings their holiday break on Wednesday so it is possible to see players sent down this week to play with Indy on Thursday.