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Fuel's Season Ends with 2-1 Shootout Loss to Royals

April 11, 2015 - ECHL (ECHL) - Indy Fuel News Release


READING, PA - In the final game of the team's inaugural ECHL regular-season, the Indy Fuel were defeated by the Reading Royals on Saturday at Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania in a shootout by a final score of 2-1. With the shootout loss, the Fuel wrapped their season at 31-30-4-7 and with 74 points, were formally eliminated from playoff contention.

In a physical opening period, the Fuel weathered an early flurry of Reading scoring chances to claim a 1-0 lead at 6:59 when Nick Jones crept from the center point to tap home a one-time feed from Nicklas Lindberg and Peter Schnieder. In the second, Reading scratched across a tying goal at 11:41 when a slick, spinning centering pass from Sean Wiles found a trailing Maxim Lamarche in the right circle of the Fuel zone for the Royals defenseman's ninth of the year, the middle frame's lone goal.

After a scoreless third period and overtime frame, the Royals persevered in a four-round shootout as Ryan Cruthers, Pat Mullane and Adam Hughesman converted for Reading while Royals goaltender Connor Knapp followed a 34-save regulation performance with three stops in the shootout to claim a 2-1 victory. Indy goaltender Mac Carruth made 40 saves in defeat.

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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