Blaze find a way past pesky Flyers
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze found a way past the pesky Fife Flyers by a score of 5-2 at the Skydome Arena on Sunday night.
There was a home debut for Blaze’s new recruit Alex Miner Barron, however another recent signing Dorian Peca will have to wait for his first Skydome appearance. With fellow defenceman Vojtech Kloz sitting the final game of his suspension, Gustav Ahnelov came back into the line-up after missing out the night previous.
Fife started the game with British netminder Jordan Marr between the pipes in the absence of usual import starter Andy Iles.
The Scot was to be beaten first at 6.02 on the powerplay by Blaze Man of the Match Jordan Pietrus. The strike his 50th total point of the year on the powerplay, more than in either of his first two seasons with the club.
Brett Robinson made it 2-0 on a short-handed break-away (9.54), after reaching 100 assists in Guildford the night before, the Canadian now also just one goal away from 50 in Elite League competition.
Fife’s Man of the Match Liam Heelis pulled one back for the away side (33.21), the only goal of the second period.
A second powerplay for Coventry came 59 seconds into the final session (40.59). Adam Courchaine registering what was to be the game-winning-goal to give Blaze a 2/5 total, Fife going 0/6 overall on the man advantage.
Former Elite League winner Russ Moyer made it a 3-2 game (47.03) but the hard-working Ben Lake restored the two goal cushion for Coventry to end Fife’s hopes of a comeback (58.16).
In their attempts, Marr was pulled for the extra skater leaving it to Captain Pietrus to end the scoring into the empty net (59.41) for a final score of 5-2.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “I thought we came out good and got that early powerplay goal. I felt we took our foot off the gas a little in the second which wasn’t great. In the third we made some unforced errors which gave them some chances but we found a way in the end.”