INDIANAPOLIS - Playing their second game in as many days, the Indy Fuel hosted the Iowa Heartlanders on Saturday night. Although heading into the first intermission trailing by a goal, the Fuel would score three goals throughout the game and eventually earn the 4-3 win in overtime.
Getting on the board four minutes into the game, Jan Mandat walked along the blue line and fired a shot past a screened Corbin Kaczperski. The Heartlanders would respond four minutes later when Connor Graham jumped on a rebound and tucked it past Fuel goaltender Mitch Gillam. Jake Smith gave Iowa their first lead of the game when he went streaking down the sideboards and wristed a puck past Gillam.
Scoring his first goal of the season, Ryan Zuhlsdorf tied the game for the Fuel when he fired a wrist shot from the slot and beat Kaczperski. The Fuel would outshoot the Heartlanders 8-3 through the first half of the second period but Kaczperski would hold them at bay. Mandat would score his second goal of the game when Kirill Chaika sprung him on a breakaway and he put a wrist shot over the shoulder of Kaczperski to send the Fuel into the locker room with a 3-2 lead.
Killing off a long 5-on-3 penalty, the Fuel held on to their one-goal lead through the first 10 minutes of the third period. After a barrage of chance, the Heartlanders would eventually tie the game when Adrien Beraldo launched a shot from the blue line that would sneak past a screened Gillam.
Neither team would score in the remaining minutes, sending the game to a seven-minute overtime period. With the only two shots in the overtime period, the Fuel eventually earned the win when Jared Thomas tucked a puck past Kaczperski.
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