Match report

Blaze beaten in bad tempered affair

Blaze 1
Flames 2

The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze were beaten 2-1 on home ice in a bad-tempered affair against the Guildford Flames on Sunday night.

Finnish forward Janne Kivilahti made his home debut for the Blaze in the Challenge Cup fixture and impressed throughout.

He was, though, denied a first goal on numerous occasions by Flames man of the match, netminder Kevin Lindskoug.

Following a delayed start due to a mechanical fault with the Skydome zamboni, the game began as it eventually ended, with bad blood from the night before boiling over.

The Flames took a 1-0 lead at 3.46 through Levi Cable on the powerplay. 

Chances came and went for the home side, with Kivilahti and Johnny Curran particularly forcing outstanding saves from Lindskoug.

The Blaze's high-tempo start paid off at 15.39 as man of the match Broll re-directed Nate Halbert's shot into the net to make it 1-1.

Guildford enjoyed three powerplay opportunities in the middle period, but the Blaze defence and netminder C.J. Motte stood firm.

The game-winning-goal came on 49 minutes when Ian Watters rounded the net and shot past Motte for 2-1.

Coventry piled on the pressure late, and on a 6-on-3 opportunity Lindskoug again came up big for his team denying Luke Ferrara at the death.

With the Guildford goalie celebrating wildly, tempers continued to rise after the whistle with both Broll and David Clements involved in altercations.

The Blaze will aim to add more points to their current two in the Challenge Cup next weekend against the Cardiff Devils, away on Saturday and home on Sunday.