Blaze secure convincing victory over Capitals
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze secured a convincing 7-1 victory over the Elite League's bottom side Edinburgh Capitals at the Skydome Arena.
Having had three players depart this week, and numerous other absentees, the Capitals came into the game a much depleted side.
Blaze though could only beat what was in front of them, and that they did getting off to the perfect start at 10.38 when Assistant Captain Ryan Dingle beat Pavel Shegalo for 1-0 following a gorgeous feed by Adam Courchaine (10.38).
The Russian goalie was then involved in an incident which saw Blaze's Danick Paquette thrown out of the game for fighting. The Canadian forward looking for a big hit in the corner, missing his ducked target, a gloved punch to the Edinburgh player on the ice then saw the Capitals goalie charge from his net to challenge the Coventry man. Paquette, who just returned from a two game ban, adjudged a match penalty, thus missing Saturday's cup clash with Cardiff, Shegalo picking up 2+2 for roughing.
Just seconds later defenceman Kevin Noble registered his first of the season (15.47), followed by Dax Lauwers making it 3-0 (17.05), his opening goal for the club.
Edinburgh made a change in net to start the second period, Jordan McLaughlin replacing Shegalo for the remainder of the game. It took just over two minutes for the Scot to be beaten by Blaze's player/Assistant Coach Brett Robinson on a short-handed breakaway (22.15).
Marco Vallerand made it 5-0 with his 8th of the Elite League season (35.30) followed by a strike from British forward Luke Ferrara for 6-0 (39.21).
Ben Lake grabbed a seventh for Blaze (46.16) and a sole strike for the Capitals by Callum Boyd (53.40) gave a final score of 7-1.
The result was Coventry's 19th straight home victory over Edinburgh, their last win coming in 2010.
Head Coach Danny Stewart
#19 Ryan Dingle
#29 Luke Ferrara
Infographic by Jordan Gook