Blaze take point in the cup
Despite adding a point to their Challenge Cup group total, the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze were left frustrated in a 3-4 overtime loss to the Guildford Flames at the Skydome Arena on Thursday.
The opening goal of the night came at 9.45 after a lovely move between Coventry’s Janne Laakkonen and Charles Corcoran was finished by the American on the powerplay.
The home sides lead was nearly doubled when David Broll showed nice hands at the 14-minute mark to create an opportunity, but Travis Fullerton in the Guildford goal managed an equally impressive save to keep the score at one.
The Flames began the second period much the better side with Kruise Reddick (23.40) and then Brett Ferguson on the powerplay (30.40) both scoring to make it 1-2.
With his side losing the momentum, Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart called a time-out and it had the desired effect as a well-executed back-hand pass by Johnny Curran was hit home by Laakkonnen to make it 2-2. With a second assist on the strike, British forward Ross Venus registered his 100th total Elite League competition assist and his 151st point.
With further opportunities on the man advantage to end the period, Coventry took a lead through the Elite League’s player of the week Luke Ferrara who added to his two goals from last weekend, finding the net from a Corcoran pass. The second assist going to Laakkonen for his third point of the night.
After failing to take a huge chance early in the third, Guildford found their equaliser at 55.11 when a broken play lead to Calle Ackered firing past Jamie Phillips for 3-3.
That’s the way it stayed after 60 minutes, and with both teams taking a point in the cup group, the game went to 3-on-3 overtime.
It took just 15 seconds for the winner as Reddick scored his second of the night to earn Guildford the second point and give a final score of 3-4.