Sindel hoping for happy ending

Czech forward Jakub Sindel feels Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are finally heading in the right direction.
 
Blaze have won three of their last four games in all competitions to advance to the Challenge Cup semi-finals and climb into the top eight of the Rapid Solicitors Elite League.
 
On Sunday they head to Cardiff Devils - also their opponents in the last four of the cup - to face them for the 10th time this season. They prevailed 5-4 on their last visit on January 10, with Sindel scoring the game-winning goal in the third period.
 
The 29-year-old, a second-round draft pick by Chicago Blackhawks in 2004, said: "Hopefully we can continue to add more points and have a happy end to the season. I feel we are starting to find the right direction and we are now looking to leave the two teams behind us.
 
"Our last game in Cardiff was a really good result but not a good game. It was a good sign that even when you don't play a perfect game you can still win.
 
"For us the play-offs started three weeks ago because every game is important and at least it will make sure we are ready for it."
 
Sindel has posted seven goals and two assists in 26 games for Blaze and leads the team for game-winning goals with three.
 
He added: "The start was tough. There were three coaches in the first 10 games, the team was not doing well and I was not playing that well.
 
"Now I have got used to the league and the systems and hopefully my best hockey will come between now and the end of the season at the important time.
 
"There is still a lot to play for and hopefully we can make the fans smile at the end of the season."
 
Blaze face Belfast Giants at the Skydome in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League Erhardt Conference on Saturday February 14 (7pm 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
 

GB Under 18's to face NIHL Blaze

Great Britain Under-18s face Coventry Blaze's NIHL side at the Skydome on Tuesday (3rd February) as part of their preparations for March's World Championship.

The game is part of a two-day training camp for the GB youngsters, being held in Ice Sheffield on 3rd and 4th February.

GB will take part in the IIHF Division 2A tournament in Tallinn from 22nd to 28th March, where they will come up against hosts Estonia, as well as Croatia, Korea, Netherlands and Poland.

U18 head coach, Martin Grubb, said: "The Coventry game will be useful in our preparations for the trip to Estonia.

"Any time you can get match practice ahead of a World Championship is a bonus.

"We can test systems in a game situation and see how players react to certain situations."

NIHL Coventry assistant coach Ainsley Smith will take charge of the Blaze, with coach James Pease taking up his role as assistant on the GB bench.

Smith said: "Everyone is looking forward to the game and taking on the GB youngsters.

"We have some youngsters on our team who can look at what they can aspire too.

"It would be great if the Blaze fans could turn out to support us and the future of GB ice hockey."

Entrance to the Skydome on Tuesday for the 8:15pm face-off is free, but you will be able to make a donation to GB on the door.

Nikiforov joins Blaze

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze can confirm the signing of American forward Vladimir Nikiforov.
 
Blaze are hopeful the 27-year-old native of Hauppauge, New York, will arrive in time to make his debut at Cardiff Devils on Sunday.
 
Coach Chuck Weber said: "He is a skilled winger who can play on both sides.
 
"We are hoping he can come in and create some offence so we do not sacrifice our defence.
 
"Throughout his career he has been more of a set-up guy but he is known to go to the hard areas and can score some goals too.
 
"He has been just under a point a game in some decent league and hopefully he can translate that into this league.
 
"We need to find a way to start creating more offence and scoring more goals."
 
After three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with Barrie Colts and Sarnia Sting - posting 199 points (70 goals and 129 assists) in 210 games - Nikiforov joined Utah Grizzlies in the ECHL in 2008/09 and played 19 times in the American Hockey League for Bridgeport Sound Tigers, registering one goal and four assists.
 
He went on to make 148 regular-season and play-off appearances in the ECHL - also icing for Florida Everblades, Bakersfield Condors and Reading Royals - totalling 97 points (34 goals and 63 assists).
 
Nikiforov split the 2011/12 campaign with Brooklyn Aviators (Federal Hockey League) and Bloomington Blaze (CHL), where he had a point a game from 51 appearances, and played in Russia with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl a year later.
 
A season with Quad City Mallards in 2013/14 - accumulating 55 points (16 goals and 39 assists) in 77 games - followed and this season he has spent time with EV Weiden in Germany and Polish side Orlik Opole.
 
Blaze face Belfast Giants at the Skydome in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League Erhardt Conference on Saturday February 14 (7pm 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 climb into top eight

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze moved into the Rapid Solicitors Elite League play-off positions after a 4-3 win over Nottingham Panthers after penalty shots at the Skydome.
 
Blaze were without injured trio Derek Lee, Steven Chalmers and Mike Egener but did welcome back Ryan O'Marra after suspension.
 
Greg Jacina put Panthers ahead at 18.09 before three goals and a fight made for an explosive start to the second session.
 
Evan Mosey (21.19) doubled Panthers lead but James Griffin replied within 12 seconds and Cale Tanaka made it 2-2 at 23.29.
 
Blaze then had Jim Jorgensen ejected on a match penalty for checking to the head at 25.54 which resulted in a fight with Robert Farmer.
 
Mark Smith nudged Blaze ahead for the first time at 39.11 but Charles Landry's game-tying goal at 46.24 ensured overtime. The match went to penalties and Jereme Tendler was the only shooter to score in five attempts.
 
Coach Chuck Weber said: "It was a grind in the end but we found a way to win.
 
"The first period was a great hockey game and the second was good quality. I felt in the third we got away from things and they had some quality chances. But Stewy [goaltender Brian Stewart] was big in the shoot-out and Tendler had a lovely finish.
 
"We were down by two but Griff getting the goal back right away was huge, Tanaka's goal was a fantastic play from that line with O'Marra and [Steve] Goertzen and we got a little bit of luck with the third goal but we will take that as we have not had a lot of puck luck.
 
"We went down to four 'D' [when Jorgensen was thrown out] and Griff gave us a couple of shifts. I have to give our 'D' a lot of credit for how hard they worked."
 
Blaze face Belfast Giants at the Skydome in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League Erhardt Conference on Saturday February 14 (7pm 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 Panthers – TONIGHT !

Blaze Panthers

Tonight at 7.30pm we are back in action at the Skydome Arena as the Nottingham Panthers come to town.

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

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 tonight is the jersey off the back of #22 Ryan O’Marra.

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 tonight is a Blaze Ultimate Fan Experience which includes a pre-game tour, the puck drop plus the opportunity to meet the team after the game - tickets are only £2 each for this fantastic prize.

Velocity Health & Fitness at the Village Hotel are joining us for the game – pop down and see them at their stand in the Fanzone area from 6.45pm when doors open. Everyone that visits the stand gets a free one day pass!

Plus answer a Blaze question that JD will read out during the first period break and text the word ‘FITNESS’ and the answer to 88882 – every correct answer wins a 7 day membership! Texts cost 10p plus your standard network rate.

Please note that our match night shop will not be at the game tonight due to unforeseen circumstances.

Battle of the Blocks will be continuing too 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

Ladies...the tickets for our legendary Ladies Night are also still available to purchase from the Fanzone. These are priced at £12 each (£10 for Blue Army members and season ticket holders). This event is strictly for over 18s.

We look forward to seeing you all tonight!

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