INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Logan Nelson scored the game-winner in the second period to help Wichita take a 2-1 victory over Indy Saturday night at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Thunder snaps a six-game losing skid and wins its first game of 2016. Wichita sweeps the season-series, taking both meetings against the Fuel this season.
Both teams scored one in the first. Anders Franzon put the Fuel on top at 4:16, walking down from his point position and beat goaltender David Shantz with a wrist shot to the blocker side. Martin Nemcik tied the game at 12:22 just after a Thunder power play expired, shoveling home a rebound past Mac Carruth in the crease area for his first of the season.
Nelson potted the only goal of the second period, coming off a face-off win from Miller and he buried a wrist shot past Carruth for the 2-1 advantage. Wichita had a 10-4 shot advantage at one point, before the Fuel finished with a late power play.
The Thunder enjoyed three-straight power plays in the final period, but couldn’t get one past Carruth. Indy had an offensive-zone face-off late and pulled Carruth to get the extra attacker on the ice. The Fuel then had a six-on-four situation as Dan Milan was sent off for a cross check. With 12 seconds left, Wichita cleared it twice from its own zone and held on for the 2-1 victory.
Wichita claims its first regulation win since November 25th, the last time the Thunder played Indy. Nelson recorded his first goal in a Thunder uniform since being acquired in a trade. Miller had his second multi-point game of the year and his first game with two helpers. Nemcik recorded his first goal in a Thunder uniform and his first ECHL marker.
Shantz collected his sixth win of the season, stopping 22 of 23 shots. Carruth suffered his first loss in his last five starts, stopping 24 of 26 shots he faced.
Wichita was 0-for-8 on the power play. Indy went 0-for-5 on the man advantage.
The Thunder will finish their three-game road trip this afternoon, as they take on the Evansville IceMen at 5:15pm.