Bloomington scored four power-play goals and beat the Wichita Thunder 6-4 on Friday night in Bloomington, Ill.
The Thunder build a 3-1 lead in the first peiod on goals from Kevin Young, Ian Lowe and Chad Painchaud.
Bloomington scored with a two-man advantage late in the opening period, then added two power-play goals in the second period to go ahead 4-3. The Thunder tied to score on Lowe’s second power-play goal of the night at 7:44 of the third period, but Bloomington regained the lead 92 seconds later and yet another power-play goal, this one by Tyler Gron. The Blaze put the game away with an empty-net goal in the final minute.
In all, Bloomington was successful on 4 of 7 power plays; the Thunder scored on 3 of 6. Young had two assists in addition to his goal.
The teams play again tonight. The Thunder completes a three-game stretch on Sunday at Quad City.
First period — 1, Wichita, Young (Hnason, Flath), :45. 2, Bloomington, Booras (Trebish), 7:30. 3, Wichita, Lowe (Painchaud, Young), 14:54 (pp). 4, Wichita, Painchaud (Young), 16:50 (pp). 5, Bloomington, Dudas (Booras, Larke), 18:54 (pp). Penalties — Flanigan, Wichita (hooking), 11:13; Bochek, Bloom (tripping), 14:06; Granbois, Bloom (boarding), 16:07; Dowzak, Bloom (fighting major), 16:52; Lizon, Wichita (fighting major), 16:52; Lindberg, Bloom (unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:55; Tasson, Wichita (roughing double minor), 16:55; Martens, Wichita (boarding), 18:03.
Second period — 6, Bloomington, Booras (Larke, Dudas), 3:40 (pp). 7, Bloomington, Rioux (Booras, Larke), 7:09 (pp). Penalties — Townsend, Bloom (goalie interference), :30; Boogaard, Wichita (fighting major), 3:25; Boogaard, Wichita (fighting aggressor, game misconduct), 3:25; Tassone, Wichita (charging), 3:25; Young, Wichita (tripping), 14:36; Palmer, Bloom (cross checking), 19:32.
Third period — 8, Wichita, Lowe (Trimm, Inman), 7:44 (pp). 9, Bloomington, Palmer (Granbois, Bochek), 9:16. 10, Bloomington, Larke (Booras), 19:23 (en). Penalties — Dawson, Bloom (delay of game), 1:12; Booras, Bloom (cross checking), 6:14; Townsend, Bloom (roughing), 7:03; Flath, Wichita (roughing), 7:03; Tassone, Wichita (high sticking), 13:07.
Power plays — Wichita 3 of 6, Bloomington 4 of 7.
Shots — Wichita 14-12-20—46, Bloomington 14-9-8—31.
Saves — Wichita, Jung 30 shots, 25 saves; Bloomington, Pelletier 46-42.
Referee — Zak Blazic. Linesmen — Jameson Gronert, Mike Kehoe. T — 2:35. A — 2,070.