Bloomington tied the Eastern Conference Final series 1-1 with a 4-3 victory on the road. After taking a 3-0 lead into the third period, things got interesting prior to Blake Gober scoring an insurance goal that would eventually become the game-winner.
Patrick Curry and Jake Slaker scored for Bloomington to put a 2-0 lead on the scoreboard in the first period. Slaker was awarded a penalty shot, whily Curry picked up a goal from a Tarek Baker pass. Mitchell Mattson added a third goal for the Thunder in the second period with a snipe shot in the slot.
The third period got interesting after Michael O’Leary scored shorthanded, his third goal of Clark Cup Playoffs. Mitchell Smith scored to make the game 3-2 with less than 14 minutes remaining in the third. Gober scored with less than two minutes remaining to make the score 4-2, but Dubuque wasn’t finished. Petter Makitalo scored his fourth Clark Cup Playoffs goal, and with 19 seconds remaining the Fighting Saints managed one more quality scoring chance, but Hayden Lavigne was up for the challenge. The Thunder netminder stopped 26 shots on the night. Bloomington returns home for a back-to-back set next weekend with a chance to clinch the series.
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