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Dayton Gems: Weekend Preview

January 7, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Dayton Gems News Release

DAYTON, OH - The Dayton Gems have a pair of games against Turner Conference opponents this weekend.

The Gems will start the weekend off by traveling to Bloomington, Ill to take on the PrairieThunder at 8:05 p.m. The team will then return home to faceoff against Fort Wayne at Hara Arena. The start of the game will be 7:30 p.m.

Scouting reports


The PrairieThunder have won three of their last four games, all coming against Turner Conference opponents.

Bloomington isn't just winning games, the PrairieThunder are scoring a lot of goals too. In the team's three wins, Bloomington scored a total of 15 goals, including seven against Evansville on Wednesday night.

Seven different players have scored goals for the PrairieThunder in the past four games. Jon Booras scored the most (4 goals) and Brett Holmberg contributed with three. Bill Bagron, Jason Dale and Travis Granbois scored two goals each since Dec. 30. Meanwhile, John Snowden and Brodie Sheahan each recorded a goal as well.

Fort Wayne

Saturday will be the sixth time since Dec. 18 the Gems have faced off against the Komets. Fort Wayne has come away with a win in three of the five games that have been played since the two became frequent visitors of one another.

When two teams meet that often, it's no surprise that tensions are starting to mount on each side. Dayton is especially looking for revenge after Fort Wayne defeated the Gems 4-3 in a shootout at Hara Arena on January 1.

The Komets have had eight different players score in regulation against the Gems since the feud began on Dec. 22. Leo Thomas has scored the most goals (3) against the Gems in the last five meetings.

Events this week

The Dayton Gems will be hosting a Watch Party at Boston's Bistro on Friday, January 7. Come out to the Boston's Bistro location on North Main Street and enjoy great food, beer and hockey as the Gems take on the Bloomington PrairieThunder at 8:05 p.m.

In addition to tonight's Watch Party, Boston's Bistro will also be broadcasting the CHL All-Star game on Wednesday, January 12. All fans are welcomed to watch as the game starts at 8:35 p.m.


In addition to all the action taking place on the ice on Saturday, January 8, there will also be a number of events taking place off the ice as well.

That night, military members from WPAFB will be conducting a number of events including singing the National Anthem and a ceremonial puck drop will be conducted by Colonel Michael Stinson. Fans can also witness DEPers being sworn in as official members of the Air Force.

In addition to all the events taking place before and during the game, players will also be wearing special Air Force camouflage jerseys during the game. At the conclusion of the game, all jerseys will be auctioned off and each player will sign their jersey before presenting it to the highest bidder.

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

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