Match report

Ferrara double helps Blaze to Sheffield victory

Luke Ferrara scored twice to help the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze to a hard-fought 4-3 road win against the Sheffield Steelers on Wednesday night.

The Blaze were without associate Captain's David Broll and David Clements who were both suspended, and back-up netminder Jordan Hedley with Mile Finney of the Sheffield Steeldogs deputising.

Former Blaze forward Marco Vallerand gave Sheffield the lead at 5.21 on the powerplay, the first of five on the man advantage across both teams on the night.

Ferrara's first came at 15.42 who fired past Sheffield's goalie Barry Brust following a behind the net pass from Finn Janne Kivilahti.

The Steelers hit right back, though, with Vallerand again beating C.J. Motte on the powerplay at 16.58.

Following an incident in front of the Blaze net at 25.57 defenceman Dane Gibson was thrown out of the game for spearing Steelers' agitator Brendan Connolly.

Shortly after, following a brief scuffle, Janne Laakkonen and Jonathan Phillips were each forced to sit five minutes in the penalty box for fighting.

Ferrara's second of the game came at 37.11, assisted by Dillon Eichstadt on the powerplay.

Again, the Steelers scored quickly after the Blaze had tied the game to re-gain the lead.

Newly signed forward Matias Sointu putting home a rebound at 38.22 to end the second period 3-2 to the home side.

Kivilahti was to tie the game early in the third period, shooting through traffic at 40.26 to record his first goal for the Blaze.

The game-winning goal came at 43.17 as Ryan Penny won a battle in front of the Sheffield net and managed to poke the puck home to give Coventry a 4-3 lead.

Low on numbers and with two points in sight, the Blaze set up in a defensive system to hold on to their lead for the final ten minutes.

With Motte making 30 saves, Coventry skated away with a valuable win and were applauded off the ice by their loyal mid-week away following.