Hector Acevedo/Denver Cutthroats
Jamie MacQueen and Luke Fulghum led the offense with three-point nights and Kent Patterson made 32 saves in net as the Denver Cutthroats topped the Bloomington Blaze in a 5-1 final on Wednesday at Denver Coliseum.
Denver’s Brad Smyth extended his point streak to four games with an assist. The Cutthroats (9-7-1) pulled themselves into a fourth place tie in the Central Hockey League (Rapid City, Arizona) with the win and are now 4-0-1 in their last five contests.
The Cutthroats took control of the game in the opening period as Fulghum started the scoring at 9:17 finding a rebound in front of the net. Ben Wilson then made it a 2-0 lead for the Fish on another loose puck in front of the net with 7:27 to play. Brett Lutes then found the scoresheet after forcing a turnover at center ice to score on a shorthanded breakaway with 5:26 left in the frame. The goal was the first shorthanded tally in franchise history for the Cutthroats.
MacQueen tallied his first of the night on the power play just 1:26 into period two for his fourth of the season. Fulghum and Joel Chouinard recorded the assists to make it a 4-0 lead for Denver over the Blaze (10-6-1).
MacQueen was at it again early in the third as his wrist shot from the right circle bounced off the crossbar for his second of the night at 2:33. David Gilbert scored Bloomington’s only goal of the game on a tip-in effort at 8:33.
The Cutthroats finished 1-for-4 on the power play while the Blaze went 0-for-5. Denver was outshot 33-32 in the game. It was just the second win of the season for the Fish when being outshot by their opponent.
1. Jamie MacQueen (DEN)
2. Kent Patterson (DEN)
3. Luke Fulghum (DEN)
Fulghum now has 398 points in his professional career… Brett Lutes is three games away from the 400 mark in his pro career… The Cutthroats have scored a power play goal in each of their last six contests… The Cutthroats home record improves to 8-3-0 on the season…
Recap courtesy of Denver Cutthroats