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Blaze Four-Game Winning Streak Ends

January 22, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Bloomington Blaze News Release

BLOOMINGTON - The Bloomington Blaze, fueled by Mid-Illini Credit Union, ended their four-game win streak with a 4-3 loss to the Denver Cutthroats on Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

The Cutthroats struck first with 16:43 left in the first period when a shot by Phil Tesoriero from the slot took a bounce in the air and landed in the net. Ben Wilson gave Denver a 2-0 lead with 4:53 left in the opening period on a blast from the slot. Just 1:12 later, Nicklas Lindberg grabbed a loose puck on the doorstep and cut the Denver lead to 2-1 with assists given to Jeremy Gates and Matthew Larke.

The Blaze evened the count with 11:27 remaining in the second period on a rebound goal by Dan Barczuk from a shot by Ryan Palmer from a Travis Granbois feed. The Cutthroats took a 3-2 lead with 6:22 left in the middle period on a power play goal on a Brett Lutes blast from the high slot. The Blaze answered with a 5-on-3 power play goal of their own with 2:47 left in the second when Steve Makway rang in a wrister from the left point off the right post on assists from Nicklas Lindberg and Matthew Larke.

Denver regained a 4-3 advantage just 56 seconds into the third period on a wrister by Glenn Cacaro that rang in from the left side on assists from Troy Schwab and A.J. Gale.

Each team scored once on the power play as the Blaze were given four chances and the Cutthroats had three man advantages. Kent Patterson earned the win in net with 37 saves while Pier-Olivier Pelletier suffered the loss with 32 saves.

The Blaze play their next six games on the road beginning with a pair of games this weekend in the Metroplex in Texas. The Blaze visit the Fort Worth Brahmas on Friday at 7:35 p.m. followed by a 7:05 p.m. Saturday contest at first-place Allen. The games can be heard on WJBC.com and CHL-TV with links to both on the team web site, www.bloomingtonblaze.com. Fans are also invited to watch road games at Gill Street Sports Bar and Restaurant, 3002 Gill Street in Bloomington. For more information on the Blaze, like the team on Facebook and follow on Twitter (BLMBlaze) or call 309-TC SPORT (827-7678). For single-game and game day tickets, visit or call the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office at 309-434-2679.

Junior Blaze honors: The Junior Blaze have taken two of the three weekly awards from the Midwest Junior Hockey League. Joe Clemente is the MWJHL Player of the Week after registering 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) during a weekend sweep of the Holland River Bandits, including a hat trick and three assists in Sunday's win. Clemente is third in MWJHL scoring with 56 points (23 goals, 33 assists). Gavin Carlson repeats as the MWJHL Goaltender of the Week after stopping 69 shots over three games and taking the win in net for all three weekend contests. Carlson is 8-1-2 with a 3.53 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. The Junior Blaze visit Rhinelander, Wis. for games on Friday and Saturday.

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