The Indy Fuel’s Blackhawks Night saw the second largest crowd in the history of the Fuel hockey club. This was a hard fought game against the Toledo Walleye. This was the fifth meeting between the two teams. Toledo came into the game in first place in the Central Division.
The game was off to a fast pace from the beginning. Toledo struck first on a two on one breakaway with a pass from Toledo’s Kyle Bonis across the ice to Patrick McCarron at the one minute mark. The Indy Fuel went on the penalty kill at the 4:10 mark as a result of Garrett Clarke’s slashing penalty.
About a minute after he got out of the penalty box, he demolished Toledo’s Charlie O’Connor in front of the penalty boxes. While O’Connor was shaking off the hit on the ice, Connor Crisp of Toledo didn’t like that too much and it resulted in a fight between Clarke and Crisp.
While those two were serving their 5 minutes, Bonis of Toledo went to the box for slashing at the 8:21 mark. Indy was unsuccessful in capitalizing on their man advantage. The Fuel once again went on the penalty kill at the 11:25 mark of the first for Reed Seckel’s interference penalty. Indy was successful in killing off this penalty also.
Indy’s Cam Reid stole a pass and then had his momentum stopped on a questionable offsides call. This call with just over 5 minutes left in the first not liked by the crowd.
Toledo’s offensive attack then struck again at the 15:25 mark. This goal was Christian Hilbrich’s 16th of the season and was assisted by Connor Crisp and Mike Embach. The period ended with Indy at a 2-0 deficit. Indy led the shots on goal 14 to 12.
The first three minutes of the second period was pretty exciting with both teams having scoring opportunities but the goalies stopped the shots. Indy went on the power play at the 3:43 mark due to Embach’s interference penalty. They were unsuccessful in scoring on this power play. They were also not able to capitalize on the man advantage after Toledo’s Mike Borkowski took a hooking penalty.
Indy then had to kill off Robin Press’s penalty for slashing at the 11-minute mark. Then, a too many men on the ice penalty for Indy at the 12:46 mark gave Toledo a two-man advantage for around 15 seconds. Stephen Collins served this penalty. Indy was successful in killing off both penalties.
Josh Shalla scored first for the Fuel on the power play during Embach’s interference penalty. This was his 10th goal of the season scored at the 19:46 mark of the second. This was an unassisted goal that was a beautiful shot from the right side.
The second period ended with Toledo up 2-1 and Indy still leading in shots on goal 27 to 25.
The third period started with both teams playing aggressively on both ends of the ice. It was a hard fought period, to say the least. Toledo’s Embach scored at the 15:42 mark it was assisted by Hilbrich. At the 16:30 mark, Indy went on the power play due to the slashing penalty on Embach.
Press was able to score his 5th goal of the season on the power play at the 16:47 mark. Assists went to Ryan Rupert and Josh Shalla. Indy then pulled Greg Dodds from the goal for the extra attacker and looked like they may tie the game.
Then Toledo’s defense was able to steal the puck for a two on none skate and a pass from Berschbach to Bonis for the empty net goal that sealed Indy’s fate for this game.
It was a good game all around for Indy as they finished the game leading in shots on goal 46-37.