January 7, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Bloomington Blaze
The Bloomington Blaze, fueled by Mid-Illini Credit Union, reach the halfway point of the Central Hockey League season this week with three games in three days, two of which are on home ice.
Friday, Jan. 4- Arizona Sundogs 4, @Blaze 2
--The Sundogs scored in the first minute for the second straight game and shot out to a 4-0 lead before the Blaze battled back with a pair of third period goals.
Saturday, Jan. 5--@Blaze 6, Arizona Sundogs 3
--A fired-up Blaze scored 14 seconds into the game and surged ahead 5-0 in special Guns and Hoses jerseys to pick up their second win over the Sundogs.
Thursday, Jan. 10, 7:05 p.m.- Quad City Mallards at Blaze
Friday, Jan. 11, 7:05 p.m.- Quad City Mallards at Blaze
--Fans on Friday receive Boom Boom Sticks compliments of Mid-Illini Credit Union
Halftime: The Blaze hit the midway point of the schedule after Thursday night's game against Quad City. The Blaze are tied for sixth place with Rapid City with 35 points (17-14-1). This week's opponents, Quad City and Tulsa, are ninth and tenth in the CHL standings respectively.
That's not even two successful bull rides: Steve Makway's goal 14 seconds into Saturday's 6-3 win at home against Arizona was the fastest Blaze goal ever.
Follow us: The Blaze continue to be well represented on the league's stat sheet. Jon Booras is second in the CHL in scoring with 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists). Jesse Dudas leads CHL defensemen with 14 goals and 31 points. Tyler Gron leads all league rookies with 18 goals and 32 points.
Sebastien Trudeau is third among rookies with 25 points (12g, 13a) while Jared Walker is ninth in rookie scoring with 16 points (5g, 11a).
Red light district: Blaze games are made to order for fans of offense.
The Blaze lead the CHL in goals per game (3.94) but are ninth in goals against (3.63). That's closing in on eight combined goals per Blaze game. The Blaze top the league in goals (126), assists (223) and points (349). The Blaze are tops in the CHL with 34.2 shots per game but last in shots given up with 35.4.
Blaze anatomy: Forward Kyle Bochek was placed on the 7-day injured reserve list last week, but could be activated for this week's games. Forward Charlie Townsend remains on the IR.
Wild Booras: Since the beginning of December, Jon Booras has recorded a point in 11 of the 14 games and has scored at least one goal in all but four games. Booras is on a five-game point streak, the longest current run on the Blaze. His streak began with a 5-point night on Dec.
28 at Arizona to tie the biggest point night of the league season. Booras recorded the fifth Blaze hat trick of the season in that game.
Junior Blaze update: The Junior Blaze swept the NWO Grrrowl on Thursday and Friday at home by scores of 8-4 and 7-3. Matt Donley led the Junior Blaze with 4 goals and 5 assists including a hat trick on Thursday, while Joe Clemente had 4 goals and 4 assists and Steven Smoltz recorded 2 goals and 6 assists. The Junior Blaze play three games in Michigan this weekend with a Friday contest at Tennyson Chevrolet and Saturday and Sunday games against the Great Lakes Lightning.
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. For
single-game and game day tickets, stop by or call the U.S. Cellular Coliseum
box office at 309-434-2679.