BLOOMINGTON — The announced crowd of 2,183 had barely settled into their seats at U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Sunday afternoon before the Bloomington Thunder found themselves in a 3-0 hole in a 6-2 United States Hockey League loss to the Tri-City Storm.
Tri-City scored three times in 1:06 to chase Bloomington goalie Logan Halladay with just 6:15 gone in the first period.
The Storm was no kinder to Halladay's replacment, Hayden Lavigne, scoring again in the first period and adding another goal in the second to open a 5-0 margin at the second intermission.
Bloomington fired back in the third period with goals from Matt Mendelson and Jack Jenkins sandwiched around the Storm's sixth of the contest but the Thunder would get no closer.
Tri-City outshot Bloomington by a 33-25 margin with Storm goalie Jared Rutledge making 23 saves in the win. Lavigne was credited 20 saves on 23 shots in his 53:45 in the net.
The Thunder was 0-for-5 on the power play while holding Tri-City scoreless on three man-advantage opportunities.
After dropping the weekend series to Tri-City, Bloomington falls to 12-16-5 heading to Muskegon for an 11:15 a.m. game on Monday.
Storm 1, Thunder 0: Hayden Lavigne stopped 22 of 23 shots shots but was outshined by Tri-City's Alec Dillon, who stopped all 25 Thunder shots he saw Saturday.
The game was scoreless until Bloomington's Jacob Slager drew a double minor 7:20 into the third. Matthew Freytag scored on the power play off assists from Mason Appleton and Tony Dello for the game's only goal.
The Thunder only had eight penalty minutes to 12 for Tri-City, but went 0 for 4 on the power play.