Fuel climb to within two points of playoffs


After posting just seven wins in their first 34 games, the Indy Fuel have turned things around quickly going 11-1-1 in their last 13 games to improve to 18-22-7 and with 42 points, moved to within two points of the final playoff spot in the North Division.

The Fuel recorded three wins in as many games last week, starting with a 4-3 victory at Evansville on Friday. Indy got goals from four different players, along with a pair of assists from Nicklas Lindberg and Evan Vossen, to go along with 29 saves from Mac Carruth.

Indy picked up its second straight win against the IceMen on Saturday, skating away with a 4-1 win. Lindberg tallied a pair of goals and Vossen had second straight two-assist game to pace the offense and Shane Owen earned the win in goal, turning aside 36 of 37 IceMen shots. Indy also enjoyed a successful night on the penalty kill, stopping all nine of Evansville’s power-play opportunities.

The Fuel returned home on Sunday and edged Kalamazoo 2-1 in overtime. Vossen scored the Fuel’s only goal in regulation and Kyle Stroh tallied his league-leading eighth game-winning goal of the season with just 27 seconds remaining in overtime. Carruth picked up the win with 24 saves.

Carruth, the ECHL Goaltender of the Month for January, has won nine straight games, and has moved into 11th in the league with a 2.48 goals-against average.

Stroh has been a key acquisition for the Fuel, as he has tallied 16 points (9g-7a) in 16 games with the club, with five of his nine goals having served as the game-winner.

Nick Bruneteau leads rookie defensemen with 22 assists and is tied for 16th among all blue liners with 25 points.

The Fuel put their six-game road winning streak on the line on Friday when they visit Cincinnati. Indy then hosts the Cyclones on Saturday before playing five of its next six games on the road.