Devils find a way past Blaze for 11 straight
For the second night running, the Elite League leading Cardiff Devils found a way past an unfortunate Genting Casino Coventry Blaze side, winning 2-3 at the Skydome Arena, taking their consecutive winning streak to 11 games.
Two goals from Danick Paquette gave Coventry the lead twice, each time being pegged back before Andrew Hotham bagged the game-winning-goal late in the final period.
A hard-fought first period saw no scoring, the Devils just about edging the better chances although Blaze Assistant Captain Ryan Dingle went close being denied by Great Britain number one Ben Bowns.
Paquette’s opener on 32 minutes brought the blue side of a packed out Skydome Arena to their feet as he dangled and managed to beat Bowns superbly for 1-0.
A bad line change enabled speedy defenceman Gleason Fournier to tie the game early in the third period (42.46).
Coventry Man of the Match Paquette then with another fantastic snipe making it 2–1 (49.50).
As is often the way with the current Devils team, they dug deep and managed to find an equaliser through Patrick Asselin (51.46).
With both sides roared on by their vocal support, it was the red of Cardiff who left celebrating as Andrew Hotham won the game 2-3, registering following a scramble in front of Kevin Nastiuk (53.24), the goal being rewarded following video review.
A late Dax Lauwers delay of game penalty gave Blaze little chance of a comeback, Ahnelov and Pietrus though testing Bowns well as the final buzzer sounded.
The victory extends Cardiff’s lead to six points at the top of the table whilst Coventry remain just inside the playoff spots (8th) two ahead of their nearest rivals Braehead Clan.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “There were lots of positives this weekend. I felt they came out with a little more step than we did, but we absorbed it well and killed off a couple of penalties which isn’t easy to do against Cardiff. We took the lead and then a bad line change allows one of their best players to skate up the ice and equalise. Things like that are the small differences. Their third goal was unfortunate as I felt the guys deserved more than they got tonight.”