Last-gasp Luke fires Blaze into third place
A goal six seconds from the end of regulation time by Luke Ferrara secured the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Dundee Stars at the Skydome Arena and moved the team into third place in the Elite League.
The Stars, who were without Eglis Kalns and Reilly O’Connor, made the brighter start against the full-strength Blaze and forced Blaze netminder C.J. Motte into action early. With the Blaze failing to take advantage of an early powerplay opportunity and struggling to find any offensive rhythm, the Stars took the lead when former Blaze defenceman Shawn Boutin picked up a loose puck and fired home at 6.15.
Two goals in the final two minutes of the first period turned the game in Coventry's favour. First, former Star Charles Corcoran produced a great solo effort to score his 17th league goal of the season from a tight angle at 18.48.
Then, with less than 30 seconds to go, Blaze man-of-the-match Dillon Eichstadt was on hand to fire the puck home after good work by Andrew Johnston at 19.38. The goal was given after a review by the referees.
The second period saw Coventry outshoot Dundee by 16 shots to five, but they couldn’t find a way past Stars netminder Alex Leclerc and the period finished with the Blaze still leading by a solitary goal.
Early in the third period the Stars made the Blaze pay for not turning their offensive dominance into more goals when Matt Carter scored the equaliser on a wraparound at 41.17.
With both sides creating chances, but neither able to find the net, it looked like the game would go to overtime. But in the dying seconds, Johnston and Ferrara broke away on a two-on-one, with the Canadian’s pass finding the GB international who fired the puck into the roof of the net for his league-leading 33rd goal of the season which sent the Skydome crowd wild.