Injury-plagued Blaze improve by four wins, three points over inaugural season
The Bloomington Blaze, fueled by Mid-Illini Credit Union, concluded their second season by remaining in the Central Hockey League playoff hunt until the final week.
Tuesday, Mar. 19—Missouri Mavericks 4, @Blaze 2
–Jon Booras scored 34 seconds into the game and the Blaze led 2-1 after two periods, but the Mavs tied the game 59 seconds into the third and scored the game-winner with 2:42 remaining.
Friday, Mar. 22—@Quad City Mallards 6, Blaze 3
–The Flock scored four straight goals and held off a third-period Blaze rally.
Saturday, Mar. 23—Quad City Mallards 4, Blaze 2
–Matthew Larke scored 44 seconds into the game and Jon Booras also tallied in the back-and-forth home finale, but the Mallards scored the game winner near the midpoint of the third.
Sunday, Mar. 24—@Quad City Mallards 2, Blaze 1
–All the scoring occurred in the second period as the Mallards used a 5-on-3 power play to score the game-winner. Read More
The Bloomington Blaze, fueled by Mid-Illini Credit Union, lost a defensive battle in the season finale by a 2-1 score to the Quad City Mallards on Sunday at iWireless Center.
After a scoreless first period, Jon Booras put the Blaze on the board with a wrister from the slot as a power play ended on assists from Sean O’Connor and goalie Pier-Olivier Pelletier. The Mallards evened the game at 1-1 when Matt Boyd cleaned up a rebound from a tumbling drive by Mickey Lang with 10:52 left in the second period. The Flock capitalized on a 5-on-3 power play that also included the ejection of Blaze forward Kyle Bochek when Mickey Lang wristed a drive from the left circle with 9:59 remaining just nine seconds into the two-man advantage for what proved to be the game-winner.
Pelletier took the loss with 30 saves in the duel of goaltenders as Neil Conway earned the win with 31 saves. The Blaze were 1-for2 on the power play while the Mallards were 1-for-6. Read More
The Bloomington Blaze, fueled by Mid-Illini Credit Union, dropped a hard-fought 4-2 decision to the Quad City Mallards in the Blaze home finale on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
The Blaze scored just 46 seconds into the game when Matthew Larke redirected a Travis Granbois blast below the knee pads with the secondary assist from Jon Booras. The Mallards tied the game at 1-1 with 13:38 remaining in the opening period when Mike Stinziani broke up a pass at center ice and scored on a breakaway. Quad City took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission when Gabriel Boutin-Gagnon wristed a score from the left circle with 1:16 left on assists from Patrick Levesque and Matt Boyd.
The Blaze tied the game at 2-2 on a shorthanded goal by Jon Booras, who completed a 3-on-1 break with Lindberg and Steve Makway with 14:39 remaining in the second period. Stinziani converted a rebound of a Jason Kostadine shot, also assisted by Mike Hellyer, with 10:45 left in chapter two to give the Mallards a 3-2 advantage at the second intermission. Read More