Match report

Depleted Blaze secure huge road win

Devils 1
Blaze 2

A depleted Genting Casino Coventry Blaze side produced a sensational 2-1 road victory against the Cardiff Devils to secure a huge two points in the Challenge Cup on Saturday night.

Coventry travelled to Cardiff without Captain Justin Hamonic and associate Captain David Broll through suspension, plus forward pair Mathew Thompson and Janne Laakkonen who were both injured. 

Finnish forward Janne Kivilahti scored both of the Blaze's goal, opportunistically taking the biggest chances that came the away sides way.

Kivilahti's first came at 5.19 before the Blaze were left further depleted when defenceman Nate Halbet was thrown from the game for boarding on Josh Waller.

Setting up in a tight defensive system, and back-stopped by man of the match C.J. Motte, the opportunistic Blaze took a 0-2 lead when Kivilahti finished neatly in tight at 18.35.

In the second, the 12 skaters of Coventry were forced to kill penalties to Dillon Eichstadt and Ross Venus who was playing in his 600th game in Elite League competitions.

The Devils were finally able to beat Motte through Trevor Cox with netminder Taran Kozun pulled for the extra skater at 58.39, but the Blaze were able to hold on to a result which puts them on four points in the Challenge Cup. 

The Manchester Storm have two games left in the competition and need to beat the Nottingham Panthers both home and away to qualify for the quarter-finals ahead of Blaze. 

HC Danny Stewart

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