INDIANAPOLIS, IN – It was a cold and snowy night in Indianapolis on Saturday night but inside of Indiana Farmers Coliseum, the fire was blazing. Over six thousand fans rolled into the Coliseum looking to see an Indy Fuel win over the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Cyclones came into Saturday’s game looking to extend their win streak to three and get revenge for the last time the two faced each other when the Cyclones lost 7-4.
The Fuel have had a similar game plan for the entire season, get the first goal and pressure from there. Darian Dziurzynski got the scoring started early for the Fuel, just a minute into the game Dziurzynski beat Lars Johansson with a backhand from the bottom of the faceoff circle. The newly acquired forward now has three goals in his last two games and four goals and two assists since joining the Fuel.
The second period started as well as the Fuel could have asked, with Johnny McInnis doubling the Fuel lead on the power play. Lars Johansson made the save on a shot from the point but McInnis was able to corral the rebound and beat Johansson over the shoulder to take the two-goal lead.
It wasn’t all Fuel in the second period though. Just over halfway through the middle period, a wrist shot by Cincinnati’s Winston Day Chief squeaked through the arm of Fuel goaltender Etienne Marcoux. Cincinnati went on to outshoot Indy 13-9 in the second period.
The third period was the Etienne Marcoux show. The Cyclones were given an early power play and the ECHL’s 4th best penalty kill fought off the Cincinnati power play to hold the 2-1 lead. The Fuel sat back and fought off the Cincinnati rushes for the rest of the final period, giving them a second win in a row in the Central Division.
- Saturday’s game was the second of ten meetings between the Fuel and Cincinnati. With the win on Saturday, the Fuel leads the series 2-0.
- Goaltender Etienne Marcoux made 34 saves on 35 shots on Saturday night and sits in first place in the ECHL in save percentage with a .938 save percentage. The La Plaine, QC native has played three straight games for the Fuel and has made 102 saves on 110 shots.
- Since being acquired by the Fuel on December 19th, Darian Dziurzynski has tallied four goals and two assists in just four games for Indy. He was given the second star of the game after scoring the game’s opening goal just a minute into the first period.
- The Fuel special teams continue to be special. The penalty kill was 3-for-3 and 1-for-4 on the power play on Saturday night. The Fuel penalty kill is 4th in the ECHL, killing off 87% of their penalties. The power play sits at 9th in the league, scoring on 19.8% of their chances.
- The Fuel will face the Wheeling Nailers on Sunday night and will only play seven more games outside of the Central Division for the rest of the season.