Blaze fall in penalty filled pre-season affair
In a penalty filled encounter to end their pre-season campaign, the Genting Casino Coventry fell 9-3 to Milton Keynes Rivals at Planet Ice, MK.
With Head Coach Danny Stewart expecting a second child shortly, Skills and Development Coach Dayle Keen took charge of the Coventry bench. Jordan Hedley, who picked up the win against his former side a week earlier started and played the full 60 minutes in net, whilst Bracknell Bee's trio Harvey Stead, Josh Martin and Ryan Sutton helped bolster the line-up.
On the MK side, Canadian number one Patrick Killeen began and played the first period between the pipes, later replaced by Brit Adam Goss.
Despite a bright start for Blaze, it was the home side who took a commanding 3-0 lead to the locker room after 20 minutes.
At 4-0 down before the half-way mark, Captain Kevin Morris stepped up to scrap with MK’s Man of the Match Eric Neiley.
It sparked a short-lived fight back for his team, Alex Nikiforuk and Blaze Man of the Match Jake Hansen scoring to make it 4-2 after two periods.
The final twenty continued in the same vein as the two before with Blaze continuously needing to kill penalties, taking a total of 89 over the game.
It meant the Lightning were able to run up a healthy score of 9 with a sole reply coming from Coventry triallist Dillon Lawrence for a final score of 9-3.