FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Charles Williams got his fourth start of the season for the Indy Fuel on Saturday, while Matthew Villalta got his third start for the Fort Wayne Komets after Dylan Ferguson was called up to the Ontario Reign on Saturday.
Fort Wayne got the scoring started eight minutes into the first period, as Mason Bergh tucked home his sixth of the season. Assists on the goal went to Shawn St-Amant and Brady Shaw.
Less than four minutes later, a beautiful passing play developed in the neutral zone between Mathew Thompson and Alex Krushelnyski that ended with Thompson feeding Krushelnyski on his backhand to tie the game at one. That was Krushelnyski’s third marker and Thompson’s second assist of the young season.
Fort Wayne stormed back with two goals in 20 seconds from Jermaine Loewen and St-Amant to open up a 3-1 lead heading into the locker room for the second period. Loewen’s goal was his first professional goal, while St-Amant’s goal was his second of the season and 31st of his 166-game professional career.
After a net mouth scramble in front of Williams, Taylor Ross trickled home his second of the season to give the Komets a three-goal lead.
A heated battle throughout the game finally boiled over 11:27 into the second period, as Matthew Boudens and Thompson scrapped. Less than seven minutes later, another fight broke out behind Williams’ net between Josh McArdle and Bergh that didn’t last very long. Bergh took down McArdle, who didn’t appear to be ready to drop the mitts.
About halfway through the third period, a power-play goal from Thompson cut the Fort Wayne lead in half to 4-2. This goal also gave Thompson the Gordie Howe hat trick, which is awarded when a player gets a goal, an assist, and engages in a fight during the game.
Less than five minutes later, Spencer Watson continued his season-long point streak with his fifth goal of the year, converting on a Komets turnover in their zone.
A costly penalty by Graham Knott led to St-Amant’s second goal of the night and third of the season to re-take a two-goal Komets lead with 2:45 remaining in the game.
The Fuel had many chances in the final two minutes but couldn’t get past Villalta, and the Komets would end up taking the two points on Saturday night.
- Shawn St-Amant (FW – 2G, 1A, +1)
- Taylor Ross (FW – GWG, 1A, +1)
- Mason Bergh (FW – 1G, +1)
The Fuel head back home to Indy to take on the Toledo Walleye for the first time in the young season on Friday, November 8 at 7:35 PM ET.