Missed chances prove costly for Blaze
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze missed out on the opportunity of a four-point weekend, failing to make their chances pay as the Dundee Stars, backed by their Man of the Match Pontus Sjogren skated out with a 2-5 victory at the Skydome Arena.
High on the shut-out victory over the Sheffield Steelers the night before, Coventry Man of the Match Ross Venus got the scoring underway at just 2.04. The British forward in his ninth season with the club, later thinking he'd grabbed a second but his effort thundering off Sjogren's cross-bar.
Danish forward Lukas Lundvald tied the game in the second (27.35), but shortly after Blaze re-took the lead through top point-scorer Alex Nikiforuk (30.02).
That was as good as it got for Coventry though as try as they might, they couldn't find another way past the inspired Sjorgren who stopped 28 of 30 shots, not counting the multiple attempts wide or over.
Charles Corcoran made it 2-2 on 34.53, and as the middle twenty ran-down, a superb re-direct effort by Matt Bissonnette gave the away side, playing their third game in as many night's a 2-3 lead (38.17).
Unable to convert on any of their six powerplay opportunities, Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart rolled the dice late in the game pulling Kopriva twice for the extra skater. On both occasions, the Stars took advantage via Fabrizio Ricci (57.26) and Francois Bouchard (58.58) to inflate their victory to 2-5.