Blaze fall to Belfast Giants

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Genting Casino Coventry Blaze went down to their biggest defeat of the season as they lost 7-2 to Belfast Giants at the Skydome.
 
Giants took the lead in bizarre fashion when Blaze goaltender Brian Stewart had a problem with his equipment which forced back-up Connor Ranby to take his place after three minutes.
 
With Giants on the powerplay, coach Marc LeFebvre called a time-out but 18 seconds later Craig Peacock nudged the visitors ahead.
 
Stewart returned and Steve Goertzen produced an instant response by tying the game within 36 seconds but Giants restored their advantage at 7.27 through Jeff Mason, only eight seconds into their second powerplay of the night.
 
Giants extended their advantage at 16.34 when Calvin Elfring scored a short-handed marker and Mason's second at 27.27 made it 4-1.
 
Ross Venus pulled a goal back for Blaze at 30.37 but Evan Cheverie (41.23) and Mike Kompon (50.45 & 58.06) added final-period markers.
 
LeFebvre said: "The less said about the game the better. It was not good enough, not at all.
 
"It is a matter of responsibility right now and it falls on my shoulders, it is up to me to make it right.
 
"I am the leader of the ship and I need to make things right. It is going downhill fast and I can't allow this to keep going.
 
"But I am doing everything to try and turn this ship around. Rest assured things are going on behind the scenes to get in the necessary pieces to get things right.
 
"We have lost our identity, we have lost our way. We were a hard-working team for the first five to six weeks but that has now gone out of the window. It falls on me, it is my responsibility and the sooner we get new blood in the better."
 

Blaze face Belfast Giants at the Skydome in the Elite League Erhardt Conference on Sunday November 2 (5.15pm 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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If you can't make it to tonight's game between the Coventry Blaze and Belfast Giants you can watch online via the webcast which is priced at £8.

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LeFebvre looking for big response

Coach Marc LeFebvre wants to see a response from his Genting Casino Coventry Blaze side when Belfast Giants visit the Skydome tomorrow night (7.30pm face-off).
 
Blaze were shut-out for the first time this season as they lost 4-0 to Cardiff Devils at home in the Challenge Cup on Sunday night.
 
Now they prepare to welcome the defending league champions for the first of two meetings on home ice in the space of six days.
 
LeFebvre was unhappy with Sunday's performance, which followed a 6-3 defeat to Devils in south Wales 24 hours earlier.
 
He said: "There needs to be a response. I don't want to feel like I did on Sunday night again, I don't want to be embarrassed like that again.
 
"I can handle the losses but what I can't handle is guys not putting the effort in. Enough is enough now.
 
"We need guys to start stepping up but I also need to bring in fresh blood and there are a few options we are looking at." 

 

Blaze face Belfast Giants at the Skydome in the Elite League Erhardt Conference on Tuesday October 28 (7.30pm 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

Blaze v Giants – Tonight – 7.30pm

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The Blaze are back in Elite League action tonight at 7.30pm when we welcome the Belfast Giants to the Skydome Arena.

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. You can also pay on the door when you arrive - doors for the game will open at 6.45pm.

We have a lot going on tonight:

Pudsey and the staff from Greggs in Broadgate will be joining us to raise money for Children In Need. They will be outside the arena when the doors open so please keep an eye out for them on your way to the game.

The Suretax 50/50 and Exmedia game worn shirt raffles are back - please see the sellers around the arena to purchase your tickets for only £1 each – the shirt tonight is the Halloween jersey off the back of #22 Ryan O’Marra.

Chuck-A-Duck is back 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 – ducks can be purchased for only £1 from the sellers around the arena.

Tonight, the special raffle prize is two tickets for the Crowngate SkyLounge for our game against the Belfast Giants on Sunday (2nd November) - tickets are priced at 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 please go the Fanzone area and see what we have available.

The players will be taking to the ice in their Halloween jerseys and the auction for these will be continuing tonight as well.

We have the following shirts still available:

#00 Scorch

#10 Dale White

#28 Steven Chalmers

#59 Ross Venus

#73 Gareth O’Flaherty

#91 Niklas Ottosson

Blood shirts:

#2

#24

#33

Bids start at £50 with a buy it now price of £100.

If you would like to place a bid please head down to the Fanzone area tonight. The auction will end as the puck drops for the start of the third period and the shirts will be available for collection at the end of the game from Fanzone.

Don’t forgot to come in your best Halloween outfits tonight too – there will be a prize for the best dressed which will be judged by JD from Free Radio.

See you all tonight!

Devils beat Blaze 4-0

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze were shut-out for the first time this season as they lost 4-0 at home to Cardiff Devils in the Challenge Cup.
 
The defeat, their second in as many nights to Devils, leaves Blaze needing to win both their remaining Group B ties to progress to the quarter-finals. 
 
Brent Walton put Devils ahead with just 20 seconds left in the first period and Joey Martin doubled their lead at 25.48.
 
Doug Clarkson (29.12) added a third on the powerplay which prompted a Blaze time-out, Andrew Hotham notched a fourth at 42.44 and goaltender Ben Bowns posted a 38-save shut-out.
 
Coach Marc LeFebvre said: "It was deflating, it was not good at all. I am lost for words really.
 
"I am realistic and I know we will lose games but to produce that kind of effort, especially at home, was poor. I really felt terrible for the fans who paid to watch that.
 
"But it is up to me to fix it and I will. I need to change things, that's not good enough for this hockey club, and I need to shake things up and send a message."
 

Blaze face Belfast Giants at the Skydome in the Elite League Erhardt Conference on Tuesday October 28 (7.30pm 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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