Blaze suffer overtime Fife defeat
Despite fighting back from two goals down to take a point, the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze were left disappointed in a 3-4 overtime defeat to the Fife Flyers.
It all started so well, Ross Venus celebrating his Team GB call-up by scoring the opening goal following a nice feed by Brett Robinson at 13.29.
The Flyers though hit-back early in the second period, Captain Ryan Dingle with a laser shot past Brian Stewart to tie the game 1-1 at 20.53.
Dingle again then short-handed gave his side a 1-2 lead (40.33). As the same Fife penalty expired, Carlo Finucci, later the overtime hero, broke away like his Captain just over a minute before finishing nicely for 1-3 (41.38).
Then came the Blaze fight back, Brett Robinson first beating Shane Owen on the powerplay (46.15). The Canadian's strike frustratingly for Coventry the only marker with the man advantage from 9 attempts, their opponents going 0/4.
Defenceman Shawn Boutin with less than ten minutes remaining (50.16) was to tie the game 3-3 and seal a point for Blaze as the game went into overtime.
With just under a minute of 4-on-3 powerplay time in the extra period, Coventry pushed for the game winner. It wasn't to be though as Finucci, similar to his first marker, broke with speed and beat Stewart to win the game for the visitors 3-4 (63.28).
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "I'm really disappointed. More than several guys for whatever reason didn't show up tonight. We were very lucky to get a point tonight and we have Brian Stewart to thank for that. We showed how we can play the last 12 or 13 minutes of the third, but that second period and start of the third, we come out and pretty much give up two short-handed goals and that's the game right there. Credit to Fife they played a heck of a game and they deserved the two points."