Taylor Hat Trick Propels Wings over Fuel
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - In their third and final home game of the week, the Indy Fuel hosted the Kalamazoo Wings on Saturday night. After scoring four straight goals in the first and second period, the Wings would hold off the Fuel to take the 5-3 win at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
Neither team would be able to score in the first half of the opening period with the Fuel outshooting the Wings 7-6. It would take until four minutes remaining in the period when the Wings took advantage of a Fuel penalty and Justin Taylor beat Mitch Gillam to take a 1-0 lead. Killing off a Kalamazoo 5-on-3, the Fuel would keep the Wings to a one goal lead going into the locker room.
Earning a power play five minutes into the second period, Kalamazoo would double their lead when Justin Taylor got alone in front of the net and tucked the puck past Gillam. The Wings would put their third goal on the board after Jake Slaker snuck past the Fuel defense and fired a wrist shot past Gillam.
Jumping on an Indy turnover Giovani Vallati would beat Gillam with a wrist shot to send the Wings up 4-0. Gillam would be replaced by for Tom Aubrun following Kalamazoo's fourth goal. Indy would finally respond with five minutes remaining in the second period when Spencer Watson jumped on a rebound and wristed it past Jet Greaves. Scoring on the rush, Cliff Watson would launch a slap shot past Greaves to cut the Wings lead to 4-2.
Cutting the Kalamazoo lead to one goal, Seamus Malone would pick up a loose puck in front of the net and and put it past Greaves to make the score 4-3. Scoring his third goal of the night, Justin Taylor got open in front of the net and tucked the puck past Aubrun to give the Wings a 5-3 lead.
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