FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In the eighth of 11 head-to-head meetings between the two teams this season, the Indy Fuel defeated the Fort Wayne Komets in overtime on Friday at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne by a final score of 3-2. With the win, Indy improved to 22-23-4-4 overall this season and with 52 points, remain alone in fifth place alone in the ECHL’s North Division standings.
Garett Bembridge opened the scoring for the Fuel with a blistering, power-play one-timer at 7:02 of the first period, the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native’s 20th goal of the season, which, thanks to a slick setup from Nick Bruneteau and Nicklas Lindberg, delivered Indy a 1-0 lead. Late in the opening period, Kyle Thomas equalized for the Komets, as the Fort Wayne forward popped his third marker of the season, a sharp-angle rebound tapper from the right doorstep, past Indy goaltender Shane Owen at 16:44.
Fort Wayne tallied the middle frame’s lone goal as Shawn Szydlowski scalded his team-leading 23rd of the season past Owen at 14:12 to make it 2-1 Komets. In the third, Mike Duco redirected a Lindberg feed past Komets goaltender Roman Will at 11:26 to force overtime and, after a miraculous Owen save late in regulation, Anders Franzon zipped a game-winning tally past Will at 4:24 of the extra session to extend Indy’s ECHL-best road point streak to 12 games and deliver the Fuel their first-ever win over Fort Wayne.
Next up for the Fuel, it’s a Saturday rematch with the Komets with the opening faceoff set for 7:30 pm at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. Full coverage of Saturday’s game begins with the “Jose Cuervo Pregame Show” at 7:15 pm over the air on CBS Sports 1430 WXNT-AM, online at www.cbssports1430.com and via the free “TuneIn” Radio app with Fuel broadcaster Tony Brown providing the play-by-play.