12/28/2012 10:19:00 PM Bloomington 6, Sundogs 3 Blaze's Booras records hat trick in rout of Sundogs
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier Blaze forward Jon Booras (27) battles for the puck with Sundogs defenseman Matt Tassone in the first period Friday night in Prescott Valley. Booras, who ranks fourth among all CHL scorers, finished the night with three goals and two assists.
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Bloomington (Ill.) Blaze forward Jon Booras of Billings, Mont., returned west Friday night and proved to the struggling Sundogs that he was ready for a showdown at Tim's Toyota Center.
Booras, who entered the game as the Central Hockey League's fourth-leading scorer, registered a hat trick and tacked on a pair of assists in the Blaze's 6-3 victory over Arizona.
The Sundogs were finally back home and playing in front of an announced crowd of 2,649 after being gone for two weeks, but that factor alone didn't benefit the hosts.
Arizona has now lost seven straight at Tim's and nine of its last 11 overall. The Sundogs have not won at home since Nov. 21 in a 3-2 OT shootout over the Allen (Texas) Americans.
The Sundogs were victorious in two of the five games on their most recent road trip. But following Friday's loss, Arizona remained in ninth-place in the 10-team Berry Conference with an 11-15-4 record (26 points), and the team is now just 6-6-2 in Prescott Valley.
Only the Tulsa (Okla.) Oilers are worse than the Sundogs in the standings with a 9-18-3 (21 points) overall mark.
The Sundogs hadn't played live hockey in nearly a week, and it soon became apparent Friday against the Blaze - the highest-scoring team in the league that's in fourth place in the CHL at 16-11-1 (33 points).
Booras - who finished with two power-play goals - handed the Blaze a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game before Arizona forward Ron Meyers tied it at 1-1 on an assist from captain Jason Morgan 49 seconds later.
However, Bloomington later took control, scoring three consecutive goals from the 16:55 juncture of the first to 15:16 mark of the second. Blaze forward Tyler Gron lit the lamp twice and Booras once during that stretch.
The Sundogs cut the Bloomington lead to 4-2 inside of three minutes remaining in the second on defenseman Mike Glaicar's goal on a helper from Morgan, who finished with two assists.
But Booras put the game out of reach with 1:10 to go until the second intermission thanks to another power play goal.
With Bloomington ahead 5-2, Arizona's Jake Hauswirth connected early in the third period, but the Sundogs would get no closer, down 5-3. Blaze forward Sebastien Trudeau added a final score with four minutes left on an unassisted goal.
The Sundogs are in the midst of a five-game series against Bloomington. They'll play at 7:05 p.m. Saturday and on Monday at Tim's before heading to Illinois for two more next Friday and Saturday.