The Bloomington Blaze were firing on all cylinders against the Tulsa Oilers, and when the final buzzer sounded Blaze emerged with an 8-3 win.
Travis Granbois was all over the ice for Bloomington, as he tallied one goal and two assists in the win. Granbois scored 2:49 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Bloomington. Kyle Bochek picked up the assist.
The Blaze found the back of the net more times than it usually has this season. Bloomington has scored at the pace of 4.0 goals per game during the current campaign. The defensemen of the Blaze were also effective in Tulsa's zone, and came away with three goals. With 42 shots on target during the contest, Bloomington exceeded the 31.1 shots it averages per game this year.
Bloomington additionally got points from Bochek, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Ryan Palmer, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, and Jon Booras, who also finished with one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Bloomington also got a goal from Aaron Dawson as well. More assists for Bloomington came via Dan Barczuk, who had two and Tyler Gron and David Gilbert, who each chipped in one.
The Oilers' defensemen also contributed in the offensive zone and ended up with 10 shots between them.
Tulsa was helped by Gary Steffes, who tallied one goal. Steffes scored 7:24 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Bloomington. David Beauregard assisted on the tally. Tulsa also got points from Ben Gordon, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Gio Flamminio also scored for Tulsa. In addition, Tulsa received assists from Mike Ullrich, Ryan Menei, Ryan Cramer, and Michel Beausoleil, who contributed one a piece.
The Blaze's Pier-Olivier Pelletier stopped 19 shots out of the 22 that he faced. Bloomington incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors. The Oilers' starting goalie, Mike Garman, made 21 saves and finished with the loss before he was taken out in favor of Ian Keserich, who stopped 13 shots. Tulsa incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.
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