Highlights and round-up of the reaction: Blaze vs Steelers (07/02/16)

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Brian Stewart won his 11th shoot-out for Genting Casino Coventry Blaze last night as his side picked up another two points against the Sheffield Steelers.

It was Blaze's fifth straight win against the Yorkshire side, the first time they have achieved that feat.

The game ended 4-4 after over-time, sending the game to penalty shots in which Drew Fisher pulled off a remarkable move to beat Marek Pinc in the Sheffield goal, before Jordan Pietrus stepped up to win the game 5-4.

The match was not without controversy, particularly in regards Blaze's second goal which angered Steelers' Head Coach Paul Thompson, who felt the delayed penalty play had been whistled down by referee Stefan Hogarth before the Blaze defenceman put the puck home.

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"The referee gave them a two goal head start," said Thompson. "It was a great game of hockey from both teams. We had a few chances to steal it but we didn't do it. But, I am flabbergasted by the level of officiating and decision making."

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Blaze Head Coach, Chuck Weber whose said faced the Steelers power-play nine times, conceding twice, whilst only getting one of their own said: "I know Thommo was pretty upset, he felt the referee cost them the game. On the second goal, Jorgensen threw it to the net and it bounced off their guy, it could have gone either way because he didn't have full control, it glanced off his skates and glanced back to Jorgy... but if I was Thommo I'd have argued the opposite way too, it's just the nature of it. There was a number of penalties that I wasn't happy with, it wasn't so much those against us, but some of those that I felt he could have called against Sheffield, but it's neither here nor there, I'm just glad we got the two points."

All above photo credit, with thanks: Scott Wiggins

Watch the highlights courtesy of Clean Cut Sports:

Blaze are next in action against the Fife Flyers on Saturday 13th February on home ice (Face-off 7pm). Tickets are available by visiting or calling the Skydome Box Office on 02476 630 693 (Option 0) or online.

Venus called up to GB squad

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Genting Casino Coventry Blaze forward Ross Venus has been called up to the Great Britain squad ahead of the Olympic Pre-Qualification tournament in Cortina, Italy.

The 21-year-old will make his first senior appearance for his country, after representing GB at under 18 and 20 level's previous.

Venus, a product of the Blaze junior system has played over 330 Elite League games, posting near 70 points and scored the game-winning-goal in last year's playoff final as Blaze lifted the trophy.

The Blaze 59 joins teammates Ashley Tait and Russell Cowley in the GB squad and all three will miss this weekend's games against the Fife Flyers.

Venus is just one of four changes to the GB squad as announced, here. 

GB take on hosts Italy, as well as Netherlands and Serbia in the four-team tournament from 11th to 14th February 2016.

The winners will go through to the final stage of qualifying ahead of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea in 2018.

There will be live commentary of all three matches on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

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Stewart shoots down Steelers again

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Genting Casino Coventry Blaze posted a fifth successive win over Sheffield Steelers after a thrilling 5-4 shoot-out victory at the Skydome in the Elite League.

Blaze came flying out of the traps with Carl Lauzon putting them ahead after just 99 seconds.

Steelers tied the game at 11.46 through Conny Stromberg before Blaze went back in front at 13.34 with a delayed penalty goal.

It was Jim Jorgensen who struck for the fourth time in three games - his 100th point in all EIHL competitions - with the goal given after much deliberation by the officials. It also extended his point-scoring run to five games.

Blaze then stretched their lead with 39 seconds of the opening period remaining, Brenden Walker notching his first goal at home with a third assist of the game from Chris Bruton.

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Walker then hit a post before Steelers cut the deficit at 33.28 with a five-on-three powerplay marker from Stromberg who was 2+2 on the night. Fredrik Vestberg then tied the game 3-3 at 48.24.

Carl Lauzon, with his second restored Blaze's lead at 50.49 but a powerplay strike from Cullen Eddy 68 seconds later sent the game into overtime.

Despite a penalty to defenceman Boris Valabik, there was no scoring from either team and the game went to the shoot-out.
 
Goaltender, Brian Stewart saved from Steelers duo Tyler Mosienko and Conny Stromberg whilst Drew Fisher and Jordan Pietrus scored for Blaze, just as they did in Sheffield last Saturday to secue the extra point.

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Blaze Head Coach, Chuck Weber said, "I loved our 5-on-5 game tonight for the most part. I thought once we got puck's deep we created alot of scramble situations. We scored three goals just by getting pucks around the paint and we talked about getting those gritty goals."

Photo credit with thanks: Scott Wiggins

Listen to Chuck Weber's media-conference in which he further reflects on tonight's game and pays particular praise to Brian Stewart and penalty-shot sensation Drew Fisher:

Bruton and Fisher video reaction

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Genting Casino Coventry Blaze defeated the Sheffield Steelers for the fifth time in a row with a 5-4 penalty-shots victory at the Skydome Arena tonight.

Chris Bruton who joined the club this past week from EIHL rivals Braehead Clan registered 3 assists on his home debut.

Post-game the Canadian forward said to Ed Kimberley: "I just try to play my game and stay consistent. I'm here to get us into a playoff spot and really ramp it up, if the individual stuff comes with it then that's a bonus."

Photo credit: Scott Wiggins

Watch the full on-ice interview with Chris Bruton:

Drew Fisher, again came up huge for Blaze in the shoot-out with a sublime move before Jordan Pietrus stepped up to seal the extra point. Head Coach, Chuck Weber reflected: "I think that's the 4th or 5th move I've seen Drew make. I've never seen a guy go back through a goalie's triangle to finish a goal but he has those types of hands."

The man himself said: "I work on a lot of stuff on practice... it's something I put a lot of time into and have fun with. It was a huge two points for us. To beat them five times in a row, we've proven that we can play with the best teams in the league."

Watch the full on-ice interview with Drew Fisher:

Blaze are next in action against the Fife Flyers on Saturday 13th February on home ice (Face-off 7pm). Tickets are available by visiting or calling the Skydome Box Office on 02476 630 693 (Option 0) or online.

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Blaze Blue Army coach to Cardiff for new arena opening

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Cardiff Devils expect to move to their new Arena on Saturday 27th February with Blaze to be their first opponents (announcement here).

Blaze Blue Army are hoping to run a coach to this game.

Prices (coach only) are as follows :
 
Blaze Blue Army members - Adults £16 - Children (under 16) £12

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