Blaze looking to ‘Steel’ the points on Sunday

Blaze vs Steelers

This Sunday, we welcome the Sheffield Steelers back to the Skydome Arena for the final time this season as our push for the play-offs enters into its final month with only four more Elite League home games left to play!

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, from 9am – 5pm tomorrow and from 9am until the game begins on Sunday – you can also pay on the door when you arrive for the game – doors open at 4.30pm.

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

The DRP 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 two VIP passes for Velocity gym at the Village hotel 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 Blaze shirt which has been signed by the team framed by our sponsors Synergy Graphics. Tickets are only £2 each for this great prize.

Our match night shop will again be open until the end of the second period break on Sunday so if you would like to purchase any merchandise please go the Fanzone area and see what we have available. We also have our amazing sponsors Cross Check Clothing with us on Sunday so please make sure you go down to the Fanzone area and say hi to them during the night – they will have some of their fabulous clothing with them for you to purchase too.

We have a performance from the International School of Skating in the first period break and in the second period break we have t-shirts from our fantastic sponsor Five on 3 being fired into the crowd by our match night announcer, JD from Free Radio.

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

Finally, at the end of the game we have captain, #21 Ashley Tait and #7 Ben Arnt signing autographs so if you would like to get anything signed or have your picture taken with either Ashley or Ben please head to Fanzone at the end of the game.

We also have an after match skate taking place after the game on Sunday - bring your own skates or hire them from Planet Ice for only £2.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

Blaze miss out on final

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze saw their hopes of reaching the Challenge Cup final come to an end after a 5-3 defeat at Cardiff Devils in the second leg.
 
Trailing 4-1 from the first tie, Blaze - without Steven Goertzen and Justin DaCosta - made the best possible start with Jakub Sindel scoring on the powerplay after just 59 seconds.
 
But three Devils goals inside 162 seconds from Joey Martin (15.11 powerplay), Chris Culligan (16.17) and Matt Myers (17.53 powerplay) effectively ended any prospect of Blaze overturning the deficit.
 
Ryan O'Marra (22.49) and Jereme Tendler (30.20) tied it up at 3-3 on the night but final-period markers from Martin (43.52) and Brent Walton (46.38) ensured a 9-4 aggregate win for Devils, who will now meet Sheffield Steelers in the final at Sheffield Arena on Sunday March 8.
 
Coach Chuck Weber said: "We took too many unnecessary penalties in the first period and too many mistakes led to goals. We have struggled with this team.
 
"We were down three goals and knew it was not going to be easy but we made a solid start and the early goal got us going but we then had a stream of unnecessary penalties and they capitalised.
 
"At 3-3 going into the third we had some things on the go but then they took advantage of our mistakes. Some guys played well and some guys did not show up.
 
"But our focus now is qualifying for the play-offs."
 

Blaze face Sheffield Steelers at the Skydome in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League Erhardt Conference on Sunday March 1 (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

Playoff finals ticket update

Only 1,000 tickets per day remain for this year's playoff finals
weekend at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham.

There has been massive interest in this season's event and already
there are record sales in a year-by-year comparison.

Playoff finals weekend - which is the biggest event in the UK ice
hockey calendar -  takes place this year on 4th and 5th April.

Braehead Clan, Sheffield Steelers and Cardiff Devils have already
qualified for the playoffs, with the remaining seven Elite League teams
now battling for the final five places.

Earlybird prices are available up until and including Tuesday 3rd
March.

For prices and to buy tickets please click here
http://www.eliteleague.co.uk/pofw-ticket-sales-p196084

Weber: It's not over yet

Coach Chuck Weber says their come-from-behind quarter-final triumph over Braehead Clan proves their Challenge Cup last-four tie with Cardiff Devils is far from over.
 
Blaze trailed 3-1 from the first leg at the Skydome and then conceded the first goal in the return in Glasgow before prevailing in a shoot-out in January.
 
They are again 4-1 down after the first leg in Coventry last Wednesday but Blaze head to south Wales with eight wins from nine games in the Elite League.
 
Weber said: "Technically we were 4-1 down to Braehead so we have been there before. We just have to play the game the right way and stay the course.
 
"We are playing well and we will need to throw everything at their goaltender and see what happens.
 
"We have scored five goals twice in Cardiff so from that standpoint the boys can have some belief that they can score goals in that building.
 
"A lot of people didn't expect us to even make it past the group stage of the Challenge Cup but then we upset Braehead and the boys deserve great credit for that.
 
"They have responded to the changes and we are playing well. Our goal was to make the play-offs and win the Challenge Cup and we need to keep believing." 
 
Weber says it is "questionable" whether injured duo Steve Goertzen and Justin DaCosta will return tomorrow night.
 
Goertzen missed the 2-1 win over Nottingham Panthers at the Skydome on Sunday while DaCosta was ruled out of the weekend altogether.
 

Blaze face Sheffield Steelers at the Skydome in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League Erhardt Conference on Sunday March 1 (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

Blaze Punish Panthers

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze secured a second successive four-point weekend in the Elite League after beating Nottingham Panthers 2-1 at the Skydome.
 
Blaze were without Justin DaCosta and Steven Goertzen through injury so Jakub Sindel was drafted back into the line-up.
 
First-period markers from Ryan O'Marra (8.09 powerplay) and Ben Arnt (15.25) handed Blaze a two-goal lead.
 
Max Parent pulled a goal back for Panthers on the powerplay just 63 seconds into the middle session but Blaze, with goaltender Brian Stewart making 41 saves, closed out the game.
 
It was an eighth win in nine Elite League matches for Blaze, who are now level on points with sixth-placed Fife Flyers.
 
Coach Chuck Weber said: "It was a great effort from the boys and we did a lot of good things.
 
"[Craig] Kowalski made a number of big saves but we are finding ways to win these close games, the boys are enjoying playing with a one-goal lead.
 
"We are 8-0-1 in the last nine games which is an incredible achievement and the boys deserve great credit for that."
 
Blaze will monitor the fitness of DaCosta and Goertzen ahead of the Challenge Cup semi-final second leg at Cardiff Devils on Wednesday, trailing 4-1 from the first leg.
 
Blaze face Sheffield Steelers at the Skydome in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League Erhardt Conference on Sunday March 1 (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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