Blaze stun Steelers in Sheffield
Despite missing two imports, the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze pulled off a stunning 3-5 road victory against the Elite League leading Sheffield Steelers on Saturday night.
With Blaze missing Captain Drew Schiestel and forward Dillon Lawrence, the game began with a well-deserved tribute to Sheffield Captain Jonathan Phillips who became the first player to appear in 1,000 Elite League competition games.
It all started so well for the home side with fellow Great Britain International Robert Dowd opening the scoring at 2.26.
Through man-of-the-match Evan Bloodoff Coventry were level on 7 minutes as the Canadian fired home on the powerplay.
A second goal on the man advantage came Blaze’s way at 11.19 when Charles Corcoran beat Tomas Duba for 1-2.
Dowd tied things again at 18.30 on the powerplay as the first period ended two apiece.
The rest of the scoring was saved for the third period and it was Coventry who were to take a hold of the game.
With a tidy finish, Matt Pohlkamp was to score his first competitive goal for the club to give Blaze a 2-3 lead at 41.46.
Shortly after Bloodoff registered his league levelling best eighth of the campaign to make it 2-4 at 42.59.
Giving it their all on Phillips’ big night, Steelers cut the deficit to one on 51.50 through Lucas Sandstrom but try as they might it wasn’t to be enough.
With Duba pulled for the extra skater, Blaze’s Chris Pohlkamp was to fire from long-distance into the empty net at 59.58 for a final score of 3-5.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “I thought we competed very well. We were a little short, but we battled and deserved the two points. Our D scrambled when it had to, our powerplay was good and Jamie (Phillips) made the stops that he had to.”