Blaze suffer heavy Nottingham defeat
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze suffered a miserable day at the Motorpoint Arena, going down to a 8-3 defeat at the hands of the Nottingham Panthers.
Coventry fell behind early with a quick-double strike from the Panthers. Brian McGrattan picking up on a rebound for 1-0 at 2.25 before Jeff Dimmen made it 2-0 just 29 seconds later (2.49).
It was 3-0 at 8.22, former Blaze forward Robert Farmer the scorer.
Following a 30 second time-out the Blaze found their way back into the game on the power-play, T.J Syner registering his 11th of the season at 9.56 (3-1).
Nottingham Captain Brad Moran added a fourth at 18.52 to send the home side to the dressing room with a convincing 4-1 lead.
With his second of the game, former NHLer Brian McGrattan made it 5-1 at 35.51 before Jeff Brown added a 6th timed 35.06 (6-1).
That was the end of the night for Brian Stewart, being replaced in the Blaze net by Renny Marr.
At 38.08, the Panthers were awarded a penalty-shot after a trip by Marr denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity. Dimmen, with his second of the game beat the Scottish netminder for 7-1.
Henry Pacl replaced Miika Wiikman in the Nottingham net to start the third prior to Farmer with his second making it 8-1 on the powerplay at 42.24. Matt Marquardt (powerplay at 45.50) and Robin Bergman (59.22) then grabbed consolation markers for the Blaze to end the game 8-3.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "There's not much to say. We sucked tonight. We played a good two-and-a-half minutes at the start of the game where we were unlucky not to get a goal. They scored two quick ones on us and we sucked from then on."