Blaze suffer heavy Cardiff defeat
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze suffered a heavy 8-0 defeat at the hands of the Elite League leading Cardiff Devils in South Wales.
Liam Stewart returned to the Blaze line-up after missing the last three games but defenceman Kevin Noble was still absent through injury.
With Denny Kearney making his home debut for Cardiff, and player-coach Andrew Lord taking to the ice, Patrick Bordeleau and Sean Bentivoglio were left side-lined.
The game got off to a perfect start for the home team, Chris Culligan (2.25) and Gui Doucet (9.50) giving the league leaders a 2-0 advantage going into the first intermission.
With Layne Ulmer (21.17) and Andrew Lord (23.17) scoring their first of two each early in the middle period, Brian Stewart was replaced in the Blaze net by Renny Marr.
Ulmer (39.30), with an assist to Cardiff goalie Ben Bowns and Lord (43.47) extended the Devils' lead to 6-0 before British forward Luke Piggott (47.45), to the delight of a sold-out Cardiff crowd grabbed his 2nd goal of the season for 7-0.
Coventry's defeat was further compounded at 52.45, Kearney registering on his home debut to complete a final score of 8-0.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “We actually didn’t play bad in the first period, the second was horrendous and third even worse. We played as individuals tonight, not as a team. Over the last ten days we’ve played some good hockey, tonight we didn’t play good hockey.”