Blaze take further positives from Cardiff defeat
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze felt defeat on their first visit to Ice Arena Wales this evening but the pre-season encounter again had many positives for Danny Stewart’s men.
Six goals on the road, including coming from behind four times to end the 60 minutes at 6-6. Layne Ulmer then won the game for Devils in overtime on the powerplay.
Partick Asselin opened the scoring for the home side after just two minutes before the first Blaze fight-back six minutes later, Bjorn Bombis tying the game at one apiece.
Darcy Zajac’s first goal of the game six minutes into the second period put Blaze ahead and then Jake Morissette equalised two minutes later on the powerplay.
Russ Cowley made it 2-3 at the half-way mark as Canadian netminder Brian Stewart was replaced in net by his deputy, Renny Marr.
Markers from Devils’ player/coach Andrew Lord and Joey Martin put the Welsh side 4-3 up, Ross Venus made it 4-4, and then Sean Bentivoglio ended a 7 goal middle period to send Cardiff into the locker room 5-4 ahead.
In the third, goals from Ashley Tait and Darcy Zajac (2nd), either side of Patrick Asselin's (2nd) strike ended the game 6-6 at 60 minutes.
Into 3-on-3 overtime it went, as Layne Ulmer punished Blaze on the powerplay to win it for Cardiff 7-6.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “It was a resilient effort once again. These guys just keep playing no matter what the scenario is. We got taxed in the 2nd period with a couple of 5-on-3’s for extended periods of time which slowed us down a bit. An unfortunate call in overtime gave them a powerplay and ultimately the win but I’m happy with how we competed and we’ll now turn our attention to Nottingham.”