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Cutthroats Bounce Back in 5-2 Win over Tulsa

March 2, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Denver Cutthroats News Release

DENVER - It was a milestone night for Brad Smyth, who recorded his 1,200th career point with a goal and an assist as part of a 5-2 win for the Denver Cutthroats over the Tulsa Oilers on Saturday night at the Denver Coliseum in front of 4,117 in attendance.

AJ Gale scored twice for the Cutthroats (27-22-7) to bring his league-leading total to 34 on the year. Troy Schwab, Joel Chouinard, and Aaron MacKenzie also recorded multi-point games with two assists each.

Five of the seven combined goals came on special teams situations as both clubs scored a pair of power play goals, and Gale's second of the night was a shorthanded tally at 7:23 of the third period from Schwab.

The Oilers (20-32-4) opened up the scoring with a goal by Sean Erickson at 5:54 of the first and then the Cutthroats went to work scoring five unanswered goals of their own. Smyth deflected Chouinard's shot from the point at 9:51 for his 23rd of the year. Gabe Gauthier added an unassisted goal at 13:14 and Mikael Bedard scored with 48 seconds left in the frame for his 10th of the season.

Bedard's goal was setup by Smyth's crossing pass from the right circle, which proved be the milestone point for the 20-year veteran. For Bedard it was his eighth goal and 11th point in just seven games for the Cutthroats since joining the team two weeks ago.

After a scoreless second period, Gale found the scoresheet at 6:34 of the third from Schwab and Chouinard. Ryan Menei added a late goal for the Oilers.

Kent Patterson stopped 35 shots in his first game back from a call-up to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League. Shane Madolora turned away 24 of 29 for Tulsa.

Denver finished 2-for-3 on the power play. The Oilers went 2-for-8.

With the win the Cutthroats stay four points back of the Rapid City Rush for fourth place in the Central Hockey League standings. The top eight teams qualify for postseason play and the top four earn home-ice advantage in the opening round.

Denver and Rapid City are scheduled to meet Tuesday in the Mile High City at 7:05 PM.

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