Blaze Offense Having Its Way

Only one CHL team is averaging over four goals per game and that is the Bloomington Blaze. 

Head Coach Brian Gratz has things clicking in Bloomington where the Blaze are 12-8-1 heading into Wednesday’s morning game against the Quad City Mallards.

The Blaze have scored 85 goals and are getting plenty of chances leading the league with more than 34 shots on goal per game.

Jon Booras has been the catalyst sitting second in the CHL with 30 points (8-22=30) and he has been helped on the Blaze’s top scoring line with Nicklas Lindberg (8 goals, 16 assists) and Matthew Larke (8 goals, 11 assists). 

A big reason for the Blaze’s success though comes from the fact that they can roll out three very potent lines.

David Gilbert (21 points), Tyler Gron (21 points) and Jared Walker (12 points) have worked together some and there is much more support with Travis Granbois (8 goals, 9 assists), Sebastien Trudeau (8 goals, 6 assists) and Kyle Bochek (2 goals, 7 assists).

One of the biggest reasons for the Blaze’s offensive prowess though comes from the backend where defenseman Jesse Dudas has been as good as any in the league.  Dudas, in his first year with the Blaze, has 11 goals and 11 assists making him the top scoring defensemen in the CHL with 22 points.

Bloomington’s next two games could allw them to pad the numbers as they’ll be taking on Quad City on Wednesday and Tulsa on Friday, both are near the bottom in the league in team defense.

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