Recap courtesy of Indy Fuel
The Indy Fuel (17-15-0-0) began the 2019 portion of their schedule on the wrong side of a 4-1 decision to the Fort Wayne Komets (17-14-0-1) Thursday night at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Two goals from J.C. Compagna helped the Komets break a 1-1 tie in the second period, grabbing the victory in the first of five meetings between the Hoosier State Rivals in the month of January.
Logan Nelson tallied the lone goal for the Fuel, who were stifled by a strong performance from the Fort Wayne defense. Entering Thursday’s game with one of the hottest scoring offenses in the ECHL, Indy generated quality opportunities in all three periods, but Komets goaltender Zach Fucale shut the door with a strong 33-save performance. Forward Justin Hodgman added a goal and two assists for Fort Wayne, which improved to 3-1 over the Fuel in 2018-19.
The Komets were able to jump out to a quick 1-0 lead, when Hodgman snapped a wrist shot past Matt Tomkins (36 saves) from the right circle just 1:36 into the first period.
Indy tied the game in the early stages of the middle frame with Nelson’s second goal in as many games. After his initial shot was blocked by a Fort Wayne defender, the forward followed up and swatted the puck through Fucale’s pads for his fifth marker of the season.
Campagna was able to swing the game back in favor to the visitors with back-to-back tallies in the latter half of the second period. The Komets’ leading goal scorer converted a one-time feed from Hodgman from the right face-off dot to give his team a 2-1 lead at 10:38, before beating Tomkins through a screen on the power play at 16:11.
The Komets tacked on one more in the third period, as Mason Baptista picked up a stretch pass from Jake Kamrass and capitalized on a breakaway with just over three minutes left in regulation time.
Indy was held scoreless on the power play, finishing the game 0-for-3; while Fort Wayne scored once on two chances.
With the win, Fort Wayne (35 points) jumped over the Fuel and Wheeling Nailers (34 points) for possession of third place in the ultra-tight Central Division standings. Indy continues a three-in-three weekend Friday by welcoming the Nailers to Indiana Farmers Coliseum, before ending the tripleheader Saturday with a rematch against the Komets at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
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