INDIANAPOLIS, IN – In the first half of a home and home series with the Wheeling Nailers, the Indy Fuel took home their fourth straight win to start the 2020-21 season. Indy’s DJ Busdeker scored his first professional goal and Peter Krieger put home his own rebound in overtime to help the Fuel remain undefeated.
With both teams trading chances throughout the first period, neither team was able to put points on the board through 20 minutes. Tasked with stopping a barrage of Wheeling chances in the middle of the period, Dan Bakala finished the period with seven shots against. Each team was handed a chance on the power-play but were unable to score, sending the teams to the locker room tied at zeros.
It took until the middle of the game for anybody to get on the board when a sequence of shots was put home by Busdeker for his first professional goal. Immediately following the Fuel’s go-ahead goal, Wheeling’s Matt Alfaro fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Bakala to tie the game at one. Although earning back to back power plays in the back half of the period, Indy was unable to break the tie.
Throughout the final twenty minutes, each team traded chances but were stopped by the respective goaltenders. Indy was handed a power-play chance late in the game but Wheeling’s penalty kill limited opportunities and held the score at one apiece. For the third time in four games, 60 minutes was not enough for the Fuel and they headed to overtime.
With an early power play in the overtime period, Indy would have the majority of the scoring chances. After killing a Wheeling power play, Tim Shoup sprung Krieger on a breakaway and Krieger put home his own rebound to hand the Fuel a 2-1 win.
The Fuel and Nailers will complete their home-and-home weekend series with a 4:10 p.m. puck drop Sunday afternoon in Wheeling.
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