Fife take powerplay chances to win in Skydome
A tremendous penalty-kill effort and two 5-on-3 powerplay goals of their own allowed the Fife Flyers to skate away from the Skydome Arena with a 2-3 victory over the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze.
Brett Bulmer was first to beat Matt Hackett with a smart finish one-on-one (1.18). Croatian defenceman Ivan Puzic and Flyers’ Danick Gauthier then each received 5 minutes for fighting following a spirited bout between the two.
On the 5-on-3 man advantage it was 0-2 with Carlo Finnuci scoring, helped by Craig Moore at 17.30.
The Blaze came out much sharper in the second period and their efforts were rewarded when Thom Flodqvist shot top corner for 1-2 (25.21). The assist for the Swede going to Alex Nikiforuk, his 40th of the Elite League regular season.
With Brit Ross Venus picking up an injury in Sheffield, Dillon Lawrence’s return from injury was much welcomed, and even more so at 29.24 as the Canadian tied the game unassisted with his 5th of the year. He was later rewarded with the Man of the Match award for the home team.
Powerplay chance after powerplay chance came for Coventry, but with the Fife penalty-kill remaining perfect, the second period buzzer sounded with the score tied at two.
With their second 5-on-3 goal of the night, Fife re-took the lead at 53.16 through Evan Bloodoff after Shawn Pauly had lost his stick on the play leaving Coventry with just two skaters.
With Blaze failing to take a 7th and partial 8th powerplay opportunity to end the game, Fife skated away 2-3 winners, leaving Danny Stewart's side frustrated with a zero point weekend.