Courchaine OT strike seals Dundee victory
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze took upon a nine hour bus ride to turn the tables on Dundee Stars, grabbing a 1-2 overtime road victory in Scotland on Sunday night.
With Danick Paquette sitting out the second of his two game suspension for Coventry, the Stars were again without Chris Lawrence, Johan Andersson and Cameron McGiffin.
There was a sense of déjà vu about the game, as per the night before Blaze taking a first period lead, only to be pegged back, conceding the only goal in the second stanza.
Coventry Man of the Match, Vojtech Kloz was the opening scorer (13.29), before Gabriel Lévesque responded for the home side for 1-1 (34.01).
The middle period also saw a spirited scrap between Blaze’s David Clements and the hattrick hero from the night before Riley Stadel. The two coming together following a gigantic hit by the Stars man on Coventry’s Luke Ferrara (25.45).
With the third period scoreless, the tie went to 3-on-3 overtime for the second night running.
Blaze had the better early chances, Garrett Ladd and Ben Lake particularly with big opportunities, neither able to beat the excellent Travis Fullerton in the Stars net. With Kevin Nastiuk in the Blaze goal stopping 29 of 30 shots, including a one-on-one opportunity in the overtime period, the Canadian gave his side the chance to win the game.
That they did through Adam Courchaine with 59 seconds of the additional period remaining (64.01). Ryan Dingle was the architect making a nice move into the offensive zone, finding the former DEL top-scorer who fired a laser past Fullerton to grab a crucial two Elite League points for Blaze.
Coventry now look ahead to a mid-week game against the Edinburgh Capitals at the Skydome Arena (7.30pm).
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “There wasn’t much difference in the two teams this weekend. We were much better tonight but credit to them, they came back at us every time. I thought their goalie played well, as did ours. To come up here on a 8-9 hour bus journey and get the two points is huge. For whatever reason we’ve struggled to find the net on a consistent basis. Our performances have been there but we’ve made things tough and we haven’t been able to win those low scoring game, instead we’ve found a way to lose them. Hopefully tonight we’ve learned some lessons on how to win those tight games.”