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November 26, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) Bloomington Blaze

The Bloomington Blaze, fueled by Mid-Illini Credit Union, took four out of a possible eight points during the holiday week as they prepare to head west on a three-game trip. The Blaze enter the week in third place with 21 points, one behind second-place Wichita and four behind league-leading Allen.

Last week :

Wednesday, Nov. 21--@Wichita Thunder 5, Blaze 1

Friday, Nov. 23- Blaze 6, @Tulsa Oilers 5 (OT)

Saturday, Nov. 24- Missouri Mavericks 6, @Blaze 1

Sunday, Nov. 25- @Blaze 7, Quad City Mallards 2

This week :

Wednesday, Nov. 28- Blaze at Denver Cutthroats, 8:05 p.m. Central

Friday, Nov. 30- Blaze at Rapid City Rush, 8:05 p.m. Central

Saturday, Dec. 1- Blaze at Rapid City Rush, 8:05 p.m. Central

Boo-yah for Booras: Although Jon Booras didn't light the lamp last week, he contributed five helpers to continue to lead the Central Hockey League in scoring (26 points) and assists (20). His most recent goal on Nov. 17 against Quad City was his 400th professional point. All but 12 games of Booras's 424-game pro career have been spent in a Bloomington sweater.

Power drain: The Blaze power play dropped out of the top spot to second in the CHL last week, mostly due to a lack of opportunities. After scoring a power play goal in 10 of their first 12 games, the Blaze were 0-for-9 with the man advantage in the week's four games. Their 16 power play goal total is now third behind Allen and Wichita with a 25.8 percent conversion rate, second behind Allen. Jesse Dudas is tied for second in the CHL with four power play tallies.

Dudas doing it: Jesse Dudas continues to lead all Central Hockey League defensemen with 10 goals. Dudas is second in scoring among blueliners with 18 points, and he has scored a point in 11 of his 16 games.

Streaking: David Gilbert ended an eight-game point streak last Saturday. Gilbert's streak is the team's longest this season. Gron owns the longest current Blaze point streak at four games.

Blaze anatomy: Both Blaze goaltenders who began the season are now out with lower body injuries, as Pier-Olivier Pelletier sustained an injury in practice early last week and Dan Dunn left last Saturday's game in the second period. The Blaze signed netminders Gerry Festa and Nick Niedert, both of whom have CHL experience.

Junior Blaze update : The Junior Blaze dropped a pair of games at home to the Soo Firehawks, losing 6-3 on Friday and 6-4 on Sunday. The juniors are 1-3-1 over the past two weekends. The Junior Blaze rematch against the Firehawks for three games this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Cody Phillips and Matt Donley share the team scoring lead with 24 points while Jacob Lourash has a team-leading 11 goals.

Following the Blaze : All Blaze games can be heard on WJBC.com and fans inside U.S. Cellular Coliseum can listen to the WJBC broadcast on 93.7 FM. Fans are invited to watch all Blaze road games at Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant, 3002 Gill St. west of Airport Road in Bloomington. Like the Blaze on Facebook and follow the team on Twitter (BLMBlaze), and remember to check in during games for special social media prizes. Team information can be found at www.bloomingtonblaze.com . Season, group, and multi-game ticket packages are available by calling the Blaze office at 309-827-7678.

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