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Arizona beats Bloomington 4-2 after comeback scare
The Bloomington Blaze tried their best to erase a four-goal deficit, but the Arizona Sundogs would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 4-2.
Arizona made the score 4-0 on a goal by Jeff Kyrzakos at 17:20 in the second period, and Bloomington got as close as 4-2 when Tyler Gron scored 19:07 into the third period.
The Sundogs were often in penalty trouble, totaling seven minors and one major for 19 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 16.0 minutes per game Arizona had been spending in the box. The Sundogs average 22.9 shots on goal per game, but only sent 18 pucks on net against the Blaze.
Arizona was led by Derek LeBlanc, who tallied one goal and one assist. LeBlanc scored on the power play 18:29 into the first period to make the score 3-0 Arizona. The Sundogs had taken the advantage when Bloomington's Aaron Dawson got sent off for high sticking. Matt McCready picked up the assist. Arizona also got a goal from Jake Hauswirth as well. Other players who recorded assists for Arizona were Chad Nehring, who had two and Mike Glaicar, Ron Meyers, Cody Purves, and Matt Tassone, who each chipped in one.
The Blaze relied on a core group of players for most of their offense, as Jesse Dudas, Jon Booras and Nicklas Lindberg took 21 of the team's 41 shots. Bloomington's defensemen also contributed in the offensive zone and ended up with 18 shots between them.
Bloomington also got points from Booras, who also finished with one goal and one assist.
Adam Russo recorded 39 saves for Arizona. The Sundogs registered one goal on five power play opportunities. The Blaze's Dan Dunn stopped 14 shots out of the 18 that he faced. Bloomington totaled 15 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major and went 2-for-7 on the power play.