INDIANAPOLIS, IN - April 5, 2015 - The Elmira Jackals ended their three-game road trip on Easter in Indy with a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Fuel. Nardo Nagtzaam recorded his first two professional goals in the defeat.
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The Fuel fired the opening salvo at 2:42 of the frame with a blast from Nicklas Lindberg on the power-play. Nick Bruneteau and Garett Bembridge added the assists on Lindberg's ninth goal of the season. Indy added to its lead at 17:29 of the period with a shorthanded marker from Anders Franzon, who banked the puck in off of Travis Fullerton from behind the goal-line. The Jackals answered just 27 seconds later to cut Indy's lead back down to one. Keith Buehler and Thomas Nesbitt cycled the puck down the wall and Nesbitt found Nardo Nagtzaam all alone in front. The Netherlands native buried the puck top-shelf for his first professional goal.
The Jackals built on the momentum from Nagtzaam's marker and provided waves of pressure in the offensive zone. The second period appeared to be winding down without an equalizer until Nagtzaam poked a bouncing puck past the pad of Shane Owen with 9.9 seconds remaining. Nagtzaam's second pro goal and second of the game was assisted by Nick Tuzzolino and Mike Bergin.
Elmira aimed to capture the go-ahead tally following Nagtzaam's late goal in the second period, but the Fuel would find the back of the net first. Jamie Wise won an offensive zone face-off back to Rhett Bly, who whistled a shot off of Fullerton and into the net for his 12th goal of the year at 4:59 of the third period. One minute and one second later, Peter Schneider stole the puck and raced down the right wing side, finishing with a snipe past Fullerton for his sixth point in seven pro games. Owen shut the door the rest of the way and earned his 15th win of the season.
Travis Fullerton turned aside 29 of 33 shots faced, but was handed the hard-fought loss. Shane Owen stopped 23 of 25 shots faced for the win. The Jackals went 0-for-3 on the power-play and Indy went 1-for-3 with the man advantage.
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