Blaze left to rue slow start
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze were left to rue a slow start as the Fife Flyers skated away from the Skydome Arena with a 1-4 victory in the Elite League.
In the words of Head Coach Danny Stewart post-game, in the early going the Blaze “invited Fife to play a hockey game, by being sloppy and turning pucks over” and they were made to pay as Chase Schaber registered the first goal of the night on 7 minutes.
After being frustrated by Fife’s Man of the Match Adam Morrison for 27 minutes and 44 seconds, Coventry finally found an equaliser through their player of the game and former Flyer Evan Bloodoff, who hit home from close range for 1-1.
The “pesky Flyers” as they have become known lived up to their name as Danick Gauthier hit right back to make it 1-2 at 28.34.
Coventry piled on the pressure in the second half of the game and missed several gilt-edge chances, including hitting the post twice.
The home sides frustration was confounded on 44.22 when Paul Crowder all but sealed the win for the visitors. The goal including a third assist of the night for former Blaze defenceman James Isaacs.
With a late powerplay opportunity and Jamie Phillips pulled from the Coventry goal, the Blaze tried their upmost to cut the deficit. However, with the net empty, Gauthier scored his second of the night (58.55) for a final score of 1-4.