Special Teams Play Pushes Des Moines Past Bloomington 6-2
The Buccaneers would score the first five goals of the game to cruise to a 6-2 victory over the Bloomington Thunder Sunday and extend their winning streak to six.
Special teams was huge for Des Moines all game. With Bloomington on the man advantage early, Matthew Hudie stole the puck and broke in from the left wing side, looked the entire way down at his winger Chase Ellingson on the right, and then snapped a shot past Gabe Mollot-Hill's blocker to give Des Moines the 1-0 lead 4:23 into action. Des Moines then went on the power play and Mario Ferraro took a shot that Kobe Roth found the rebound, kicked to his forehand and lifted upstairs over the goalie at the 6:32 mark. The Buccaneers went to the locker room up 2-0 despite being outshot 10-7.
The Buccaneers kept up the pressure in the second period as they outshot Bloomington 17-8. Early in the period Mollot-Hill left the crease to play a puck and Julian Napravnik was treated to a wrap-around goal into a yawning net. Mollot-Hill would be pulled after the goal 3:10 into the second and his replacement Harrison Feeney would start out strong in relief but on a power play Isaac Johnson would snap a shot under Feeney's blocker at the 15:19 mark. Des Moines' power play wasn't done scoring when Mario Ferraro slid the puck to Napravnik who teed up the pass from below the right wing circle and from a tight angle scored 19:03 into the second to put Des Moines on top 5-0 heading into the final period.
A mad scramble in Des Moines' crease would lead to Vladislav Dzhioshvili tapping home a loose puck 5:09 into the third period to put Bloomington on the board. The Buccaneers would get one last goal as Colin Ugbekile shot from the right circle and after Feeney made a blocker save the puck bounced off of Matt Jones and trickled into the net. Mitchell Mattson would add a late transition goal for Bloomington to make the final 6-2. Nick MacNab would finish with 30 saves in the victory for Des Moines while Mollot-Hill made 8 stops and Feeney 17.
Up next for Des Moines is a road contest against the Omaha Lancers on Friday, March 3rd. Their next home game is Saturday, March 4th which is Buc Night meaning $1 hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks. For tickets call 278-2827
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