OT strike from the skipper secures "huge" win
Jordan Pietrus' overtime goal snapped a run of seven Elite League defeats for the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze, defeating Braehead Clan 4-3 at the Skydome Arena.
Blaze were again short-benched through the suspension of Danick Paquette and injuries to Ryan Dingle, Gustav Ahnelov and Brett Robsinon. The Canadian player/assistant coach suiting up on the bench, with Gareth O'Flaherty joining the squad too.
Scoring in a 7th straight game, Marco Vallerand registered first on the powerplay (8.36), his 18th of the season. The assists going to Jordan Pietrus (two on the night) and Luke Ferrara (three overall).
After hitting the pipes, Landon Oslanski on his next powerplay shot tied the game (17.32). Braehead Man of the Match Cameron Burt with a helper, his first of two.
Mike Embach put the away side ahead early in the second period (24.14) before an outstanding individual effort from Ross Venus got the score level again. The Brit stopping and turning sharply before ripping a shot past Ryan Nie for 2-2.
Adam Courchaine with a smart finish in-close made it 3-2 (44.11), Brendan Brooks though hitting straight back for Clan on the powerplay (44.52). Braehead going 2-3 on the man advantage, Coventry 1-3.
That's the way 60 minutes ended, both teams taking a point with the scoreboard reading 3-3.
Into 3-on-3 overtime the game went and it took just 1 minute for a thrilled Captain Pietrus to win it. The Blaze forward demanding and receiving a stretch-ice pass from Ferrara, going on to beat Nie one-on-one for a final score of 4-3.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "These guys have battled some adversity the last couple of weeks and they gave us everything tonight. I'm happy we got the win. Some guys played a lot of minutes and were exhausted out there. To finish with a win was huge, not just for tonight or the standings but moving forward as well."