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Lawrence stays on as Stewart searches for goalie

Following an injury to number one netminder Miika Wiikman, Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart has confirmed that he in the market to find short-term cover.

Wiikman, who saw a specialist on Saturday morning has frustratingly been informed that he will out of action for a number of weeks.

Stewart said, “It looks like it could be several weeks. It depends how the injury heals. We hope to get him back as quickly as possible but, in the meantime, we are looking at alternatives and we’ll see what we can do.”

Covering for the absence of Wiikman this past weekend was 22-year-old Brit Jordan Hedley, who performed well in defeat to Cardiff before picking up his first Elite League starting win against his former team Milton Keynes Lightning on Sunday. In both games, he was awarded Man of the Match.

Stewart commented, “Heds played well for us this weekend. He stepped up and did a job for us but if it’s going to be several weeks waiting for Miika, we can’t sustain just having Heds. We need to get someone in who has experience at the pro level.”

Stewart has also confirmed that Canadian trialist Dillon Lawrence will remain with the club on a rolling contract.

The 23-year-old intitially joined the club ahead of pre-season, impressing the coach with his hard-working attitude.

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