Inside the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Lego night was a refreshing break from the frigid temps outside. The Indy Fuel played their last home game of 2017 against the Cincinnati Cyclones. It proved to be an exciting game from the beginning. One of the newest additions to the Indy Fuel, Darian Dziurzynski scored a minute and seven seconds into the first period. This was his 5th of the season. It was a beautiful backhanded shot with the assist from Stephen Collins. The shots on goal were almost nothing between the two teams during the first five minutes. Indy had 1 and Cincinnati had 2 despite that both teams showed high energy on both sides of the ice. Étienne Marcoux played especially well in the late minutes if the first. Both teams had power plays within the last 3 minutes with both teams not being able to score.
The second period started with the remainder of Cincinnati’s power play. Indy’s penalty kill was successful in preventing Cincy from scoring. Indy went on the power play at 5:31 into the second. They were unsuccessful in scoring on the power play. Johnny Mcinnis scored his 6th goal of the season and the Fuel’s second goal of the game at 8:25. Cincinnati’s Day Chief put the Cyclones on the board at 11:38 of the second period. Michael Neal’s hooking penalty at 16:30 put the Fuel on the penalty kill again. They were successful in killing the penalty this time also. At the end of the second period Cincinnati lead Indy in shots on goal 25 to 14.
The third period was full of aggressive play by both teams. Fuel had to kill another penalty due to Seckel’s infraction at 1:20 into the third penalty. Cincinnati was scoreless on this power play. The teams were strong on both sides of ice throughout the final period. The Cyclones pulled Johansson for an extra attacker leaving the empty net. Indy’s Seckel’s long shot from around 170 feet rang off the left post went across the front of the goal line then hit the right post bouncing it away from the net. Étienne Marcoux had a great night with 34 saves. The Fuel we’re able to off the Cyclones and win for the second straight meeting against their central division rivals.