Devils sneak past Blaze by single goal
A single goal separated the Elite League leading Cardiff Devils from the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze for a second night running.
Blaze fought back from a 0-2 first period deficit to tie the game but as per the night before, it was Cardiff, this time through their Captain Jake Morrissette who found the game winner in the final period.
The Canadian had two on the night, opening the scoring on the powerplay at 8.11 before the late hero on Saturday, Patrick Asselin made it 0-2 (16.17).
Coventry came back hard in the middle twenty minutes with Marco Vallerand batting home a puck mid-air for 1-2 (23.12).
The game was typed at two through the industrious Ryan Dingle on the exact half-way mark (30.00). It was the American’s second point of the night after helping Vallerand on the opener.
Both teams had powerplay chances in the final period, Blaze going 0/4 overall, Devils 1/6. Coventry Man of the Match Kevin Nastiuk particularly pulling off a couple of remarkable stops to keep the scores level.
The keeper was though to be beaten again with just less than ten minutes remaining as Morrissette grabbed the two points for the Welsh side (50.12).
Frustrations boiled over on the final buzzer with Marco Vallerand and Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart each receiving a game misconduct for abuse of official.
Stewart said, “We got a couple of minors there that I just don’t know. I don’t know what I’m allowed to say anymore and I haven’t got the bank balance to be taking fine after fine. It is what it is. Last night we played a good hockey game in a tough building. Tonight, I thought we played well again and the difference was just that one goal. It’s a tough hill to climb when you give a team like Cardiff a two goal lead and I really liked our push-back but unfortunately we just came up short in the end. But, if we play like that down the stretch we’re going to win a lot of games. That has to be our focus.”