Blaze goaltender Dan Dunn recorded 26 saves in a 6-3 win on Friday, December 28, 2012 over the Arizona Sundogs at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Ariz. (Photo by Matt Santos)
By Greg Halbleib
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - The Bloomington Blaze used a hat trick from Jon Booras and a pair of goals from Tyler Gron to defeat the Arizona Sundogs 6-3 on Friday night at Tim's Toyota Center. Booras' trick was the fifth of the season for the Blaze.
The Blaze opened the scoring on a Jon Booras goal just 5:04 into the game on a centering pass from Matthew Larke, but the Sundogs tied the game just 49 seconds later when Ron Meyers completed a 2-on-1 breakaway on his own. Tyler Gron gave the Blaze a 2-1 lead with 3:05 on a feed from Booras deep in the slot on a rush to put Gron one-on-one against Sundogs goaltender David Brown.
Gron increased the lead to 3-1 by completing a tic-tac-toe from Steve Makway and Booras with 11:31 remaining in the second period. Booras recorded his second goal of the game when he knocked in a feed from Makway at the right post with 4:44 left in the second, also assisted by Nicklas Lindberg. Mike Glaicar cut the deficit to 4-2 when he reached for a puck in the slot and barely deflected it off the left post and into the net with 2:41 left in the middle period. Booras completed his hat trick with another power play redirect at the right post from Makway and Larke with 1:10 left to give the Blaze a 5-2 lead at the second intermission.
The Sundogs cut the Blaze lead to 5-3 on a rebound goal from the right circle by Jake Hauswirth with 16:18 remaining in the third period. The Blaze completed the scoring when Sebastien Trudeau raced in at the left circle and beat relief netminder Adam Russo on the stick side with 4:00 remaining in regulation.
Dan Dunn picked up the win in goal with 26 saves. The Blaze were 2-of-5 on the power play while Sundogs did not convert any of their four chances.
The Blaze play the next four games against the Sundogs with the next two in Arizona. Saturday's rematch begins at 8:05 p.m. Central at Tim's Toyota Center with pre-game on WJBC.com and CHL-TV at 7:45. The Blaze return home next Friday and Saturday, January 4 and 5 at 7:05 each night to conclude the series with the Sundogs.