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December 14, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Bloomington PrairieThunder News Release

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Fresh from a perfect weekend with two victories in its last two games, the Bloomington PrairieThunder continues a six-game home stand at U.S. Cellular Coliseum, beginning Wednesday against Quad City at 7:05 p.m.

The PrairieThunder enters the contest in a three-way tie for third place in the International Hockey League standings with two-time defending champion Fort Wayne and Dayton. Bloomington snapped a three-game losing skid Friday with a 3-1 victory over Flint and followed it with a 2-1 triumph against Quad City.

The home stand continues Saturday with a 7:05 p.m. contest against Muskegon, which began the week in a tie for first-place in the standings with Port Huron. The PrairieThunder ends the week with a 4:05 p.m. contest against Fort Wayne on Sunday.

Bloomington meets Quad City for the sixth time Wednesday and owns a 3-1-0-1 record against the Mallards. The three wins have all been at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. The PrairieThunder has an 8-2-0-1 record at home and is 55-60-6-4 all-time at home.

Muskegon has only played 10 of its first 21 games on the road and has a 3-2-0-3 record away from home. The Lumberjacks hold a pair of decisive victories over Bloomington this year, 9-3 and 5-2, in games at Muskegon. This is the team's first trip to U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

Bloomington has suffered two losses in three games against Fort Wayne, including a 3-1 setback in the last meeting at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. The PrairieThunder is 1-1 against the Komets in Bloomington.

Fast starts, good results:

The results are outstanding when the PrairieThunder scores first and holds the lead at the end of the first and second periods. Bloomington is 11-0-1-1 when leading after the first period; 9-0-1-1 when leading after the second period; and 10-1-1-1 when scoring first.

On the mend:

The PrairieThunder will be without defenseman Brian Boulay for an extended period of time. Boulay was placed on the 30-day injury list after suffering a torn muscle in his right shoulder at Flint on. Dec. 4.

Discounts galore:

Fans can find a number of discounts at Wednesday game. Hot dogs, popcorn, soda and draught beer are $2. Also, all PrairieThunder merchandise will be on sale for 10 percent off.

Kid's Day on Sunday:

Sunday is Bloomington Meats Kid's Day. Tickets for youth 12 and under are $4 with kid's meals (hot dog, chips, soda and PrairieThunder pencil) priced at $3. Hot dogs are compliments of Bloomington Meats. Fans can also skate with the PrairieThunder players following the game. For tickets call 800-745-3000 or at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office.

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