Match report

Late misery for Blaze

Blaze 1
Giants 2

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze suffered late disappointment for the second successive game as they were beaten 2-1 by Belfast Giants at the Skydome.

After conceding a goal in the 58th minute in the 2-1 reverse to Nottingham Panthers on Wednesday, Blaze endured a similar fate against the Giants.

Kevin Noble joined fellow defenceman Josh Godfrey on the sidelines with Great Britain international Russell Cowley dropping back on to the blue line.

Blaze made a flying start and grabbed the go-ahead goal after just 111 seconds through Jordan Pietrus - his 19th marker of the season.

But Jim Vandermeer, a veteran of more than 450 appearances in the National Hockey League, tied the game up at 15.11

Carl Lauzon and Brenden Walker hit a post for Blaze before Mitch Ganzak popped up with the game-winning goal at 57.18.

Blaze's Chris Bruton and Vandermeer were then assessed 5+game misconduct penalties for fighting after the buzzer.

"I thought we deserved to at least get to overtime. We didn't capitalise on our opportunities.

"We have 10 games left. We have to assume Manchester are going to win out and we need to make sure we find ways to get points. This one hurts tonight. It was two 4-on-4 goals that cost us." - Head Coach, Chuck Weber

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"Two games in a row we have lost in the third period. We have to find a way to get some points." - #91 Carl Lauzon

"Everyone in the room is frustrated but we will re-group and try and get a win in regulation." - #58 David Clements