Travis Granbois scored twice as the Blaze won 5-2 at Tulsa on Friday, November 16, 2012 at BOK Center in Tulsa. (Photo by Kevin Pyle)
By Greg Halbleib
TULSA - The Bloomington Blaze rolled to a 5-2 win over the Tulsa Oilers on Friday night at BOK Center.
Travis Granbois scored first for the Blaze with 9:09 left in the opening period when he slapped his second rebound attempt in just under the crossbar. Sebastien Trudeau took advantage of a turnover in the slot and whistled in an unassisted goal with 2:12 left in the opening period to put the Blaze ahead 2-0 at the first intermission.
The Blaze made it 3-0 on a power play with 9:25 remaining in the second period as Tyler Gron poked in a rebound at the left post, assisted by Jon Booras and David Gilbert.
The Blaze extended the lead to 4-0 on a wrist shot from the right circle inside the right post by Nicklas Lindberg on assists from Steve Makway and Granbois with 16:00 left in regulation. The Oilers finally scored when Ryan Cramer tallied in traffic at close range assisted by Matt Gingera and Jake Trask with 8:33 left in the third period. Tulsa cut the margin to 4-2 when Gary Steffes scored on a flurry in front of the net assisted by David Beauregard and Michel Beausoleil with 3:52 remaining, but the Blaze sealed the contest with an empty net goal by Granbois assisted by Trudeau with 1:03 left.
Dan Dunn stopped 35 shots for the win, while Ian Keserich took the loss with 30 saves. The Blaze improve to 7-3-1 while the Oilers fall to 6-6-1.
A special ticket price accompanies the Blaze's return home for a 7:05 p.m. Saturday match against the rival Quad City Mallards. Tickets are available for Saturday's game for only $5 by printing a special voucher found on the Blaze Facebook or Twitter feeds and www.bloomingtonblaze.com as well as below and presenting the voucher at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum box office at the time of purchase.
Junior Blaze win: The Junior Blaze resumed play after a week off with a win at Holland, Michigan by a 6-1 score. Jacob Lourash recorded two goals and two assists, while Stephen Smoltz scored two goals, Cody Phillips had a goal and two assists and Matt Donley registered a goal and three assists. William Rohleder earned the win in goal with 40 saves. The Junior Blaze rematch against the River Bandits in Holland on Saturday.