Blaze push Giants all the way

 

Three final-period goals saw Genting Casino Coventry Blaze fall to a 3-1 defeat to Rapid Solicitors Elite League champions Belfast Giants at the Odyssey Arena.
 
Blaze were without Jereme Tendler (wife due to give birth) and injured quintet Mark Smith, Ashley Tait, Trevor Frischmon, Derek Lee and James Griffin although Mike Egener did ice.
 
After two scoreless periods, Cody Brookwell got the go-ahead goal for Giants at 49.54 before Darryl Lloyd doubled their advantage at 54.59 on the powerplay.
 
Justin DaCosta - with his first goal for the club - pulled Blaze back into the game with a powerplay marker at 57.30.
 
But, after Blaze pulled goaltender Brian Stewart, Giants wrapped up the points with a short-handed empty-net strike from David Phillipsat 58.37.
 
Coach Chuck Weber said: "I felt our commitment and what we have been practising was there. They battled hard and I am proud of every guy.
 
"I always play to win and at 2-1 we pulled the goalie and at 3-1 we pulled the goalie again. When it's a two-goal game you need to be aggressive and see if you can take it to overtime.
 
"We got a good powerplay goal, it was a play we drew up - we had not even practised it but we executed it perfectly.
 
"We took a full quality side to 50 minutes and we had a Grade A scoring chance within seven seconds of the third period. But it was a step in the right direction."
 
The sides meet again in Belfast tomorrow, with Weber adding: "We will make some adjustments and tweak a few things but if we play with the same energy and courage then it will give us a chance."
 

Blaze face Fife Flyers at the Skydome in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League on Sunday December 21 (6pm face-off). Tickets can be purchased by ringing the Box Office on 02476 630693 (option 0) or online via the Blaze website www.coventryblaze.co.uk

Christmas Extravaganza Game

Blaze vs Fife 21st Dec

The Blaze are back in home action on Sunday at 6pm as the Fife Flyers return to the Skydome Arena for our Christmas extravaganza game.

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, they can still be purchased online at www.coventryblaze.co.uk, at the Skydome Arena box office in person or by calling them on 02476 630693. The box office is open until 9pm tonight and from 9am to 5pm tomorrow and Sunday. You can also pay on the door when you arrive on Sunday - doors for the game will open at 5pm.

We have a lot going on at the game:

The Suretax 50/50 and Exmedia shirt raffles are back - please see the sellers around the arena, the Fanzone or the programme stands to purchase your tickets for only £1 each – the shirt on Sunday is the Christmas jumper jersey off the back of #14 Cale Tanaka.

The new Chuck-A-Puck will be continuing as well with a range of prizes including a family ticket to the Coventry Rugby Club, a meal for four at the Harvester, a £10 merchandise voucher and more up for grabs – pucks can be purchased for only £1 from the sellers around the arena or at the programme stands.

The special raffle prize on Sunday is a framed #23 Derek Lee jersey signed by the team - tickets are only £2 each for this fantastic prize.

Our match night shop will also be open until the end of the second period break so if you would like to purchase any merchandise ready for Christmas please go the Fanzone area and see what we have available – the 2015 action calendars will still be available to purchase on Sunday priced at £12 each.

If you haven’t got your copy of the ‘Blazing Bodies’ calendar yet you can still purchase them from Fanzone when doors open too – these are priced at £15 each.

We have Contact Sports joining us for Sunday’s game – please pop down to the Fanzone area and see them from 5pm when the doors open.

Battle of the Blocks will be continuing on Sunday as well so make sure you bring your voices and win points for your block. The leader board can be found here http://www.coventryblaze.co.uk/index.php/battle-of-the-blocks

Finally, at the end of the game #14 Cale Tanaka and #28 Steven Chalmers will be signing autographs so if you would like to get anything signed or have your picture taken with either Cale or Steven please head to the Fanzone area at the end of the game. We also have an after match skate taking place on Sunday – this is included in your ticket price - bring your own skates or visit Planet Ice box office to hire them for £2.

We also have the Coventry Rotary Club joining us on Sunday and the Santa Sleigh will be on the ice after the game so make sure you stick around after the final buzzer.

Don’t forget to put your Christmas jumpers on for the game – the team will have theirs on!

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

Merry Christmas From The Blaze

Blazepimped red

Merry Christmas to all of our fantastic fans, sponsors and volunteers.

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Watch Blaze v Flyers Online

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If you can't make it to Sunday's game between the Coventry Blaze and Fife Flyers don't forget that you can watch online via the webcast which is priced at £8.

To purchase and watch please click here http://www.cleancutsports.com/index.php/live-webcasts

Weber wants to see progress

Coach Chuck Weber is hoping to see signs of improvement as Genting Casino Coventry Blaze prepare for three games in as many nights in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League.
 
Blaze take on champions Belfast Giants at the Odyssey Arena on Friday and Saturday before heading home to face Fife Flyers at the Skydome on Sunday (6pm face-off).
 
Jereme Tendler (wife due to give birth) and injured duo Mark Smith and Trevor Frischmon will not make the trip but Mike Egener and Ashley Tait will travel.
 
Weber, who only arrived last Saturday, said: "I have had individual meetings with every player to get to know them and tell them my expectations as well as those of the organisation and there has been a lot of positive feedback.
 
"One thing which was mentioned was there was a lack of confidence but if we have a strong work ethic and some structure then there will be some reward for that.
 
"I just want to see some progression over the next three games and to get a good feeling back. There is still a lot to play for and we need to get this ship going in the right direction.
 
"I have not yet seen what this team can do because of the injuries. We are going through some adversity right now but it will be good to have all the pieces together.
 
"We know Belfast are a good team and have a lot of skill. We just have to focus on the first period on Friday night and get off to a good start. I want to see an improvement shift by shift and period by period.
 
"Playing three in three is always tough and we will need to rely on a smart game and manage the puck. I have done my scouting on Fife but all I am focusing on is the first period in Belfast."

 

Blaze face Fife Flyers at the Skydome in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League on Sunday December 21 (6pm face-off). Tickets can be purchased by ringing the Box Office on 02476 630693 (option 0) or online via the Blaze website www.coventryblaze.co.uk

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