FORT WAYNE, IN – In the second of 11 head-to-head meetings between the two teams this season, the Indy Fuel were defeated by the Fort Wayne Komets on Saturday by a final score of 4-3 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. With the loss, the Fuel fell to 0-1-0-1 on the season and with one point, dropped to fifth place in the ECHL’s North Division standings.
For the second consecutive game, the Fuel stuck first as rookie forward Jamie Wise took control of a loose puck in the right circle of his offensive zone at 9:51 of the opening period and slipped the first goal of his professional career through Fort Wayne goaltender Pat Nagle to make it 1-0 Fuel with Justin Holl collecting the lone assist on the play.
After the Komets tied the game late in the first, Robert Czarnik put Indy back in the driver’s seat at 5:04 of the second period with a power-play tally from the top of the left circle, set up by Holl and Nick Jones, that made it 2-1 Fuel. Urged on by a crowd of 8,788 fans, the Komets rallied the rest of the way in the middle period, collecting goals from Kaleigh Schrock and Mikael Tam at 7:49 and 9:52 of the frame to claim a 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission.
In the third, a fortuitous bounce for the Komets delivered Marshall Heard a rebound score at 2:30 of the period to extend the Fort Wayne lead to 4-2. The Fuel made things interesting late in the third, as Indy defenseman Nick Jones pulled Indy within a goal at 4-3 with his first of the season on the power-play at 15:25, but the Komets hung on in the waning moments for their second consecutive victory over the Fuel.
Indy goaltender Cody Reichard stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced in his first appearance and first start for the Fuel while Nagle followed up a 32-save performance on Friday in net for the Komets with a 31 save showing on Saturday in the Fort Wayne netminder’s second consecutive victory.
Next up for the Fuel, it’s a Wednesday night showdown with the Kalamazoo Wings at 7:05 pm at the Fairgrounds Coliseum on “College Night!” All ticket holders that produce a valid college I.D. will receive a $5 concession voucher. Full coverage of Wednesday’s game begins at 6:50 pm on your flagship station for Indy Fuel hockey, CBS Sports 1430, with Fuel broadcaster Tony Brown providing the play-by-play.
In 2014-15, the Indy Fuel, the proud “AA” affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, drop the puck on their first season in the ECHL. Season ticket packages for the Fuel’s inaugural campaign are available now starting at just under $12 per game! To reserve your seats, contact the Fuel today at (317) 925-FUEL or visit www.indyfuelhockey.com for more information. Be sure to follow the Fuel on Twitter @IndyFuel and don’t forget to ‘Like’ the official “Indy Fuel” fan page on Facebook.