Birthday Boy Stewart stars in Blaze win
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze turned around the disappointment of a 4-1 defeat the night before, beating the Nottingham Panthers 5-1 at the Skydome Arena.
The Panthers, starting Henry Pacl in net took an early lead through Andy Sertich on the powerplay, a shot through traffic finding its way past Birthday boy Brian Stewart in the Blaze net.
Coventry though hit back strong. Captain Jordan Pietrus tying the game 1-1, finishing on a two-on-one opportunity, assisted by Robin Bergman and Brett Robinson at 3.59.
Marc Cantin then doubled the home sides advantage on the powerplay, Blaze's top scorer against the Panthers, Robinson the architect with a perfect pass to the back-door for 2-1. The Canadian, and Bergman picking up their second assists of the night.
On a third powerplay opportunity, Matt Marquardt beat Pacl for a second time with the man advantage (2-7 on the night) to give Blaze a 3-1 lead (16.48).
With Jim Jorgensen, Shawn Boutin and Brett Robinson all taking slashing penalties, Blaze were forced to kill extended penalty time in the early goings of the middle period. Included was 1.57 5-on-3 time before Barry Almeida grabbed a fourth Coventry goal, and with it came T.J Syner's second assist of the game.
Shorthanded Robin Bergman then hit his third point of the night, beating Pacl one-on-one for a final score of 5-1.
Stopping 40 of 41 Nottingham shots, Brian Stewart picked up the Blaze Man of the Match award for a second night running.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “I think it was probably our best performance of the year. From Stewy out, we defended well and we looked dangerous every time we entered the zone. That’s not just from tonight, it builds up from a good performance in Braehead and we played well in Nottingham last night. The results didn’t go our way but tonight we had a bit of luck go out way and guys put the puck in the net.”