Match report

Home streak ended by Panthers

Blaze 1
v
Panthers 2

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze's four-game winning streak at home came to an end following a 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Panthers in the Elite League.

Blaze had coach Chuck Weber back behind the bench while captain Ashley Tait, Russell Cowley and Ross Venus returned from Great Britain duty and Brenden Walker was available after illness.

After a scoreless first period, Brett Robinson got the go-ahead goal for Blaze with a penalty shot 3.54 into the second period - his 18th marker of the season. 

Panthers though levelled on the powerplay through Juraj Kolnik at 38.27 before Brad Moran grabbed the game-winning goal at 57.22, assisted by Evan Mosey.

The loss, which saw Blaze fail to make 6 powerplay opportunities count ended a run of seven successive home wins over Panthers.

"It's disappointing. We're not worried about Nottingham getting points, we're worried about ourselves getting points. It was disappointing to give up transition at that point in the game (on the game-winning goal). We were erring a little bit too much offensively... I didn't feel they were able to sustain as much pressure as they typically do against us. The powerplay let us down a little bit. You get six opportunities, you have got to find a way to bang one in. I thought their penalty-kill out worked our powerplay... The boys are disappointed but we have to re-group and focus on Belfast." - Blaze Head Coach, Chuck Weber

 

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"I'm frustrated, at that stage of the game we can't give up a half 4-on-2, 4-on-3 if you will. They took their chance late on and we can't give them that opportunity." - #17 Russ Cowley

 
 

"When you have a one goal lead, we neeed to be a team that closes that out and we didn't do that... they scored a timely goal on their powerplay and ours struggled tonight." - #23 Brett Robinson