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BLADES ENFORCE A 6-2 VICTORY OVER THE GOLDEN EAGLES

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Ten Kansas City power plays produced only two goals, but they kept the already-short Salt Lake Golden Eagle defensive corps working overtime Saturday night as the Blades enforced a 6-2 victory.

The Eagles fell to 1-2, playing their third game in three nights and having arrived in Kansas City from San Diego at about 3 p.m.Eagle Coach Bob Francis considered it a reward for rookie goaltender Jason Muzzatti to give him back-to-back starts after his nice 3-2 win Friday night in San Diego, but it turned out to be a less-than-pleasant night for the highly touted Michigan State product.

Muzzatti (1-1) was pelleted with 37 shots for the second straight night with only five defensemen rotating in front of him.

In their three games so far this season, the Eagles have surrendered 32 power plays to the opposition.

The Blades took a 3-0 lead in the first period, made it 4-0 through two periods and upped it to 5-0 at 7:57 of the third period. That fifth goal, by Blade Jeff Madill on a puck stolen from Eagle rookie defender Darren Stolk, finally seemed to stir the Eagles.

Second-year player Paul Kruse broke the shutout being fashioned by Latvian rookie Artur Irbe (making his pro debut) when Todd Harkins passed to him and he one-timed a shot at 8:17 of the third period. A little more than three minutes later, at 11:32, Eagle rookie Shawn Heaphy scored to cut the Blade lead to 5-2, and the Eagles soon went on a 5-on-3 power play followed by a third KC minor two minutes later, but the Eagles couldn't convert.

David Bruce ended scoring with a Kansas City power-play goal at 19:00.