Belfast Powerplay Sinks Blaze
Four final-period goals consigned Genting Casino Coventry Blaze to a 2-5 defeat to Belfast Giants at the Skydome in the Elite League.
For the second night in a row Belfast Giants scored three powerplay goals from their four attempts whilst Blaze failed to capitalise on their six chances.
Blaze, once again without Slovakian defenceman Boris Valabik with a facial injury, fell behind at 7.32 when Mike Radja converted on the Giants first powerplay chance.
Brett Robinson tied the game up at 35.27 with his fifth goal in 10 games, which has also yielded 14 points.
Giants though regained the lead with another powerplay marker, credited to Derrick Walser at 45.31, with the puck deflecting in off Blaze defenceman James Isaacs' skate.
Adam Keefe extended the Giants advantage at 48.38 and Chris Higgins made it a 4-1 cushion at 55.59.
Jordan Pietrus, with his 10th goal in eight games, cut the deficit at 56.11 but Walser's second, again on the powerplay, wrapped up the points with 19 seconds left.
"It was disappointing. We missed opportunities to make plays... Again, special teams was a huge difference in this game. Their powerplay was efficient... I thought we were careless with the puck on our powerplay a number of times and that hurt us in our results tonight."
"I thought we had a 12 minute stretch in the second period where it was the team that we've come to expect. Besides that I didn't like our game. We have got to take this week to re-group and get back on the horse." - Head Coach Chuck Weber
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"I thought we had a lot of momentum coming out of that second period with a lot of good hockey to reflect on but unfortunately they got a goal immediately (in the third) and we were battling back ever since." - #20 Drew Fisher