The Bloomington Blaze, fueled by Mid-Illini Credit Union, registered their second-ever shutout in a 4-0 win over the Rapid City Rush at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Friday night.
Jared Walker lit the lamp for his first professional goal to put the Blaze on the board first just 3:39 into the game shortly into a power play, assisted by Tyler Gron and Steve Makway. Sebastien Trudeau put the Blaze ahead 2-0 with 3:23 left in the opening period when he scored on a breakaway on an assist from Jesse Dudas. Nicholas Rioux made it 3-0 at the end of the first period as he fired a drive from center ice that fluttered into the net just before the horn sounded.
The Blaze capped the scoring when Matthew Larke redirected a drive with 3:08 remaining in regulation on assists from Dudas and Makway.
Gerry Festa recorded the second Blaze shutout with 34 saves. The Blaze were 1-of-4 on the power play while the Rush did not convert any of their four attempts.
The Blaze rematch with the Rush on Saturday night at 8:05 p.m. Central to conclude the road trip.