Coming off of earning three out of a possible four points last week in Orlando, the Fuel turn their sights to a three-game homestand beginning on Thursday morning. Indy will face a Kalamazoo team that has lost four straight games to Central Division opponents while the Fuel are looking to earn points in three straight games for the first time since January 23.
TIME: 10:30 a.m. ET
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LAST TIME OUT
Playing the second of three games during the week, the Fuel last saw the Kalamazoo Wings when they traveled to Wings Event Center on February 11. Despite maintaining high energy throughout the game, leading in shots and a late game-tying goal from Seamus Malone, the Indy Fuel fell to the Kalamazoo Wings 3-2 on Friday night.
GRABBING THE LEAD
Coming into Thursday’s education day game, the Fuel are 16-7-2-1 when scoring the first goal of the game. In Friday’s win over Orlando, the Fuel’s Karl El-Mir scored the first goal of the game before the team exploded with three goals in the third period to eventually win 4-1. Heading into the third period with a lead on Friday, the Fuel added to their 18-1-0-1 when leading after two periods.
Friday and Saturday’s contests were Justin Kapelmaster’s first starts in a Fuel uniform. The 2nd-year pro stopped 57 of the 58 shots faced over the weekend and added the Fuel’s sixth shutout of the season in Saturday’s shootout loss. Since coming to the Fuel, Kapelmaster has registered a 1.56 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage.
Entering Thursday morning’s contests, the Fuel have dominated the Wings in the faceoff circle. Through eight contests against Kalamazoo this season the Fuel are a solid 56% on draws. Tied for the team lead in faceoffs at 51%, Jared Thomas and Karl El-Mir are the most reliable players in the faceoff circle. Recently acquired from the Kanas City Mavericks, Bryan Lemos enters Thursday winning an average of 50% of the draws he takes in each game.
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