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Bloomington Pushes Dayton's Losing Streak To Three

February 22, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Dayton Gems News Release

DAYTON, OH-Looking to snap a two game losing streak, the Gems took on the Bloomington PrairieThunder Tuesday night at Hara Arena. Originally scheduled for February 2nd, bad weather forced the two teams into rescheduling the game for Tuesday night. The Gems went into play holding the eighth and final playoff spot in the Turner Conference only three points behind Fort Wayne.

Bloomington got on the scoreboard first Tuesday night scoring a shorthanded goal with less than a minute to play in the first period. Brett Holmberg put the PrairieThunder ahead at the 19:05 mark in the first period and Billy Bagron was credited with the assist. At the end of the first, Dayton trailed the PrairieThunder in shots (13-6) and on the scoreboard 1-0.

The Gems managed to get on the board early in the second period on a goal by forward Kyle Bochek at the 6:05 mark. Jonathan Ornelas and Matthew Larke were credited with assists on the goal. Bloomington managed to regain the lead midway through the second period thanks to a goal by PrairieThunder forward Jason Deleurme. Much like the first period, the Gems went into the locker room after the second period trailing the PrairieThunder both on the scoreboard and on the stat sheet. The Gems were outshot by the PrairieThunder 15-9 in the second period and went into the second intermission trailing 2-1.

Garrett Klotz added the third goal of the night for Bloomington at the 12:36 mark in the third. The Klotz goal was assisted by Tom Galvin and Brett Holmberg. Bloomington's goalie Brad Phillips proved to be too much for the Gems stopping 29 out of the 30 shots he faced Tuesday night. Tuesday's loss marks the third loss in-a-row and fifth loss in six games for the Gems.

The Gems will look to snap their three game losing streak this Friday when they take on the Evansville IceMen at Hara Arena. This Friday's game marks Jerry "The King" Lawler Night for the Gems. To mark the special night, the Gems will be wearing custom made Jerry "The King" Lawler jerseys. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Kettering Medical Center is proud to be the official title sponsor of the Gems for the 2010-11 season.

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