Blaze make it 20 in a row at home vs. Caps
A pair of goals from Man of the Match Ben Lake and top-scorer Marco Vallerand helped the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze to a convincing 7-2 victory over the Edinburgh Capitals at the Skydome Arena
The victory was playoff chasing Coventry's 20th straight home win against bottom of the table Capitals.
Following a long drive from Scotland which began at 8am due to the recent weather conditions in the UK, the away side fell behind in the first minute. Ryan Dingle registering just 54 seconds in past Scottish goalie Jordan McLaughlin, covering for the usual Canadian starter Tyler Beskorowany.
Despite a barrage of shots following the opener, Edinburgh and McLaughlin stood firm until 18.52 when Vallerand grabbed his first and Coventry's second.
Former Blaze trialist and Capitals Man of the Match Patrik Moisio made it 2-1 (24.27), before the double from Ben Lake ended the middle period 4-1. The first coming on the powerplay (26.57), the second following an excellent assist from Danick Paquette (28.52). The rugged Canadian later thrown out of the game for a check from behind (32.48).
Jumping up into the forward position to cover for Paquette's absence, Gaelan Patterson made it 5-1 (42.14). Vallerand, Coventry's leading scorer against the Caps then hit his second (49.48), Ross Venus picking up a third assist of the night on the effort.
With a smart finish past McLaughlin, Adam Courchaine registered for 7-1 (51.47), Player of the Month for February 2018 Brett Robinson with the only assist.
With the score-line secure, Welshman Brython Preece was awarded some well-deserved ice-time in place of Kevin Nastiuk in the Blaze net for the final 9 minutes.
He was to be beaten only once, Moisio with his second wrapping up the scoring on the powerplay (54.46) for a final score of 7-2.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “Those games are tough to play in. I’ve been in this league a long time and I’ve seen games like this when a team comes in short benched and it goes the wrong way, but we did what we needed to do. I don’t think we were great tonight but we got some timely goals and killing off that 5 minute penalty in the second was big as well, we got the job done and now we turn our attention to Guildford.”