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Gems Win Big Over Mudbugs, 5-3

January 20, 2011 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Dayton Gems News Release

When the Dayton Gems defeated Bossier-Shreveport 5-3 on Thursday night, a burden was lifted off the Gems' shoulders.

Heading into Thursday, Dayton had lost five consecutive road games. The last time the Gems won on the road was Dec. 18, when they defeated Fort Wayne 3-2. But even that win wasn't easy for the Gems. They fell behind 0-2 early on and had to score three unanswered goals to capture the Dec. 18 win.

Thursday's win was very similar.

The Gems found themselves in an early 0-2 hole in the first period after giving up a pair of goals to the Mudbugs in the first seven minutes of play.

After that, Dayton was the one to do the scoring.

Matt Miller - who joined the team on January 5 - scored the first goal of the game for the Gems. It was Miller's first goal in a Gems uniform.

In the second period, the Gems took 11 shots at the goal and were rewarded for their effort. Jonathan Ornelas scored just 2:18 into the period and tied the game at 2-2. Erik Boisvert gave the Gems a 3-2 lead with his 12th goal of the season.

In the opening minutes of the third period, Tom Boudreau made the score 4-2 in favor of the Gems with his third goal this season. Boisvert and Greg Labenski each assisted Boudreau on the goal.

After a goal by Bossier-Shreveport made it 4-3, Labenski rounded out the scoring for the evening by scoring an unassisted goal in the final minutes of play to give Dayton the 5-3 win.

Dayton (18-14-3) will continue on its three game road trip by heading to Mississippi to take on the RiverKings on Friday night at 8:05 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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