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Bloomington survives Denver comeback, wins 6-4
The Denver Cutthroats tried their best to erase a five-goal deficit, but the Bloomington Blaze would not be denied the victory and hung on to win, 6-4.
The Blaze got the win behind a great game by Nicklas Lindberg, who had two goals and one assist. Lindberg scored the first of his two goals at 11:16 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Jon Booras picked up the assist. Lindberg's next tally made the score 4-1 Bloomington with 12:05 left in the second period.
Bloomington forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up six minors and four majors for 42 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 19.0 minutes per game the Blaze had been spending in the box. Bloomington's goal total was higher than its season average. This season, the Blaze average 3.9 goals per contest. The 41 shots that Bloomington put on net surpassed the Blaze's average of 22.0 shots per game this season.
Bloomington additionally got points from Matthew Larke, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Bloomington also got a goal from Matt Puntureri as well. More assists for Bloomington came via Kyle Bochek and Pier-Olivier Pelletier, who each chipped in one and Travis Granbois and David Gilbert, who contributed two a piece.
The the Cutthroats penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled four minors and four majors for 28 minutes in penalty time. Denver had been averaging 17.0 minutes in penalties per game. The Cutthroats relied on a core group of players for most of their offense, as Brett Lutes, Troy Schwab and Gale took 11 of the team's 19 shots.
Denver also got points from Ben Wilson, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Jean-Philipp Chabot also scored for Denver. In addition, Denver received assists from Brad Smyth and Chris Greene, who each chipped in one.
Pelletier rejected 15 shots on goal for Bloomington. The Blaze registered one goal on three power play opportunities. For Bloomington, Nello Ferrara was ejected from the game. Denver's starting goalie, Kent Patterson, made 26 saves and finished with the loss before he was taken out in favor of Kieran Millan, who stopped nine shots. The Cutthroats registered one goal on four power play opportunities.