Blaze pick-up second home win on the bounce
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze registered their second home win on the bounce, and their 18th in a row at the Skydome Arena against their opponents the Edinburgh Capitals.
With the Capitals’ last win in Coventry coming over seven years ago in January 2010, as they did in the previous encounter, the visitors took an early lead. Ian Schultz netting on the powerplay assisted by high-scoring defenceman Jacob Johnston at 4.58.
With wave-after-wave of Blaze pressure, the home side out-shooting their opponents 16-5 in the opening twenty minutes, an equaliser was only a matter of time. Robin Bergman gaining a fortunate bounce off Caps' keeper Travis Fullerton for 1-1 (9.46).
Following a hit from behind on Coventry's Ashley Tait by Jaroslav Hertl, Garrett Klotz stepped in, dropping the gloves with the Czech defenceman. The Capitals' player being given a 2+10 checking from behind penalty in addition to the 5 for fighting. The Blaze man penalised 2+10 for instigating and 5 for fighting.
Matt Marquardt put Blaze ahead at 22.25, before Captain Pietrus, who also had an assist on the Blaze opener further extended his lead as Coventry's top point-scorer against Edinburgh (6 points) to make it 3-1 (28.59).
Blaze Man of the Match, Marquardt then turned provider for T.J Syner to make it 4-1 in the final period (44.01).
Following the fourth goal, Brian Stewart headed to the Blaze dressing room following on-ice treatment, replaced by in the Coventry goal by Renny Marr who finished the night stopping all 11 shots fired at him for a final score of 4-1.
Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "We obviously found ourselves out of the playoff picture so it was good to get these two wins and get over that hump and get back into the playoff postion. We'll enjoy this win tonight but there's still a lot of hockey left and a lot of work to be done, but it's a good sign that we've had back-to-back performances like this."
HC Danny Stewart
#14 T.J. Syner
#22 Marc Cantin