Match report

Blaze go down in Nottingham

Panthers 5
Blaze 0

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze fell to a second successive defeat in the Elite League with a 5-0 loss to Nottingham Panthers at the National Ice Centre.

After a scoreless first period, Andy Bohmbach grabbed the go-ahead goal for Panthers on their first powerplay at 26.19, with Cale Tanaka sitting out a tripping minor.

Panthers doubled their lead 55 seconds later through Stephen Schultz and Steve Lee's marker 64 seconds into the third period made it 3-0, following a ten minute misconduct penalty to Blaze netminder Brian Stewart for abuse of official.

Juraj Kolnik extended Panthers' advantage at 46.21 and Robert Farmer wrapped up the scoring at 58.28, with goaltender Shane Madolora posting a 34-save shut-out. 

With just one second remaining, Blaze defenceman Boris Valabik was adjudged a cross-checking minor by Tom Pering, followed by a ten minute misconduct for abuse of official, as per his teammate previously in the game.

"I thought we played a great road first period and out-shot them 13-10.

"But then we took an offensive zone penalty and they made it 1-0 and then they scored again on the transition. Four of their goals were on the transition so we need to clean that up.

"We started losing our men, we puck watched and stopped moving our feet. These are the fine lines we are walking. 

"Their goalie was solid and made all the saves but I don't think we got enough traffic in front of him and we should have tested him more. We need to refocus now for the weekend." - Head Coach, Chuck Weber

Blaze are back on the road on Saturday when they face Dundee Stars before rounding off the regular season against Manchester Storm at the Skydome on Sunday (5.15pm face-off).