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Denver rips Bloomington, 7-1
Story by Narrative Science.
The Denver Cutthroats had a four-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 7-1 win over the Bloomington Blaze.
Bloomington was stymied by Denver netminder Kieran Millan, who stopped 41 shots during the victory. The solid play of Millan will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 2.85.
A.J. Gale had a great game for the Cutthroats, netting two goals. Gale's tallies came at 16:18 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Denver and 9:48 into the second to make the score 3-0 Denver.
Denver outdid its season average for goals scored. This season, the Cutthroats average 3.1 goals per contest. Denver could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 18 minutes in penalties during the game. The 40 shots that the Cutthroats put on net surpassed Denver's average of 26.4 shots per game this season.
Denver additionally got points from Gabe Gauthier, who also grabbed one goal and one assist and Luke Fulghum, who also finished with one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Denver included Jean-Philipp Chabot, who had one and Mikael Bedard, who had two. In addition, Denver received assists from Adam Smyth and Joel Chouinard, who contributed one a piece and Sean Zimmerman, Troy Schwab, and Brad Smyth, who each chipped in two.
The the Blaze penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled six minors and one major for 37 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 17.0 minutes per game Bloomington had been spending in the box. The Blaze could not produce up to they normal offensive output. Bloomington averages 3.6 goals per game. The Blaze's offense rang up 42 shots on the Cutthroats' net.
Bloomington was led by David Gilbert, who took one shot.
Denver registered two goals on seven power play opportunities. Pier-Olivier Pelletier took the loss and made 23 saves before being replaced by Ross MacKinnon who made 10 saves. The Blaze registered one goal on five power play opportunities. For Bloomington, Steve Makway was ejected from the game.