'Clones Outlast Fuel 4-2
CINCINNATI, OH - In the ninth of nine head-to-head meetings between the two teams this season, the Indy Fuel fought to the bitter end in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Cyclones on Friday at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. With the loss, the Fuel fell to 27-30-4-6 overall this season and with 64 points, remain alone in sixth place in the ECHL's North Division standings.
After a high-tension start for both teams, Cincinnati broke the ice at 13:30 of the opening period when Jack Combs set up David Pacan for a shorthanded tally that made it 1-0 Cyclones. In the second, Cincinnati extended their advantage to 3-0 with back-to-back goals from Jack Downing at 4:57 and Pacan again just 30 seconds later.
The Fuel scratched home a response at 7:44 when Jamie Wise scooped home an even-strength marker that made it 3-1 on feeds from Mike Duco and Rhett Bly before Matt White coaxed home a power-play tally at 15:25 from Nick Jones and Pete Massar that drew Indy within a goal at 3-2. After a mostly scoreless final frame, Geoff Irwin potted an unassisted empty-netter for the 'Clones with less than one second remaining in the game to establish Cincinnati's final margin of victory at 4-2.
Cyclones goaltender Rob Madore earned the win with 14 saves while Shane Owen took the loss for the Fuel despite a 25-save performance. Indy won Friday's specialty-teams battle with a one-for-four mark on the power-play and a perfect four-for-four mark on the penalty-kill.
Next up for the Fuel, it's "Hoosier Hockey Madness Night" vs. the Fort Wayne Komets on Saturday at 7:35 pm at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. In recognition of the Final Four's invasion of Indianapolis, the first 1,500 ticket holders through the gates will receive a Fuel mini-basketball! For tickets, visit any Ticketmaster outlet, www.Ticketmaster.com or swing by the Indiana Farmers Coliseum box office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Television coverage of Saturday's game begins at 7:30 pm on HTSN with Jim Mirabello on the call while full radio coverage gets underway with the "Jose Cuervo Pregame Show" at 7:20 pm on CBS Sports 1430 WXNT-AM, online at www.cbssports1430.com and on smartphones everywhere via the free "TuneIn" Radio app 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.
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