INDIANAPOLIS — The Quad-City Mallards didn't give themselves many early opportunities Friday night.
The team mustered just three shots in the first period, falling in a two-goal hole, which was too much to overcome as they fell to the Indy Fuel 4-2 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
"You can't win a game when you have three shots in a period," head coach Phil Axtell said. "You'd think by Game 53 they would have learned that by now."
Indy itself only had seven shots on goal in the first period but made the most of them. Alex Wideman scored at the 4-minute, 21-second mark of the period, then assisted on Robin Press' goal that sent the Fuel into the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.
The Fuel opened that lead up to 3-0 on a goal from Jack Burton that chased Quad-City goaltender C.J. Motte — who gave up eight goals Thursday night and had made seven straight starts for the team — and put in Eric Hartzell.
Despite seeing his first action since Jan. 5, Hartzell was strong, making 16 saves in net.
Alex Globke got the Mallards on the board with a shorthanded goal at 8:06 in the period, but Matheson Iacopelli responded at 12:48 to put the Fuel back up by three goals.
Tristan King scored a power play goal at 8:46 in the third period, continuing his hot stretch. King now has 11 goals in his last 12 games for the Mallards.
The Mallards couldn't get any closer.
The loss gives the Fuel the season series, as the Mallards are now 4-6-0 against Indy with the series concluding today at 6:30 p.m.
"We have to capitalize on our chances," Axtell said. "Third time's the charm."
Nagy to Chicago: Prior to the game, forward Gergo Nagy signed a professional tryout agreement with the AHL's Chicago Wolves. Nagy has scored eight goals and has 12 assists for 20 points in 31 games with the Mallards this season.
Nagy last played with the Wolves in 2014. He has two assists in eight career games with Chicago.