INDIANAPOLIS - The Fuel hosted the Jacksonville Icemen for the first time in two seasons. After giving up the first goal just 25 seconds into the match, the Fuel mounted a comeback but ultimately lost after three unanswered late-game goals.
Just 25 seconds into the game, Jacksonville introduced themselves to Indy fans with a goal after a turnover in the Fuel’s zone. Brendan Harris made it 1-0 early on for the Icemen.
Jacksonville dominated possession after that, showcasing a speed on the ice Indy hasn’t faced much this season. At 7:32 of the first period, Luc Brown scored his fifth goal of the season to tie the game.
Just seven seconds later, as Brown’s goal was being announced, Chad Yetman got the go-ahead goal on a tip-in from a shot by Kirill Chaika for the Fuel.
At 13:47 of the first period, Andrew Bellant added on another goal for the Fuel assisted by Nate Pionk and Alex Wideman.
After a fight between Chris Cameron and Jacob Friend, the period ended with the Fuel up 3-1 despite being outshot 14-10.
Just over three minutes into the period, Brendan Harris scored his second goal of the night to make it 3-2 for the Icemen after the Fuel caught up to them in shots.
Two minutes later, Fuel captain Keoni Texeira caught a breakaway and scored to give Indy a two-goal lead again. Cam Hillis had his third assist of the night on this goal as well.
At 15:25 of the middle frame, Jacob Friend scored to make it 4-3 with Indy still in the lead. The period ended with a delayed penalty on Cam Hillis for tripping but time expired before a whistle blew forcing him to serve all of the penalty to begin the third period.
At 12:43 into the third period, Garret Cockerill scored to tie the game at four. Less than three minutes later, Easton Brodzinski scored to put the Icemen ahead 5-4.
Despite a late-game push and a power play opportunity after Ara Nazarian took a penalty for high-sticking with two and half minutes left, the Fuel could not make the comeback and fell 5-4. Jacksonville outshot Indy 39-23.
The Fuel return to Indiana Farmers Coliseum tomorrow on Saturday, January 28 where they host the Jacksonville Icemen again for Blackhawks Night. Tickets are available HERE.
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