Russell registers win over Blaze
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze’s lead over Dundee Stars in the 8th placed playoff spot was cut to two points on Sunday night following a 4-2 defeat at the Braehead Arena. The Stars (9th) beating Manchester (7th), also by a score of 4-2.
Following a 7-5 victory the previous night, Braehead Clan Head Coach Ryan Finnerty gave a start to British netminder Gary Russell who stopped 41 of 43 Blaze shots to register the Scottish sides first victory over Coventry this season.
Great Britain international Matt Haywood was first on the board at 13.26, firing past Brian Stewart to put the home side ahead from close range.
Following an abuse of official call by Stefan Hogarth on the Braehead bench, Coventry defenceman Shawn Boutin hit his second goal of the season to tie the game on the powerplay (18.26).
Missing Kevin Noble (injury) and Ashley Tait (partner expecting their first baby), Blaze began the middle twenty minutes with two strong penalty-kills. A period of back-and-forth action culminated in a Clan lead. The Elite League's top point-scorer Matt Beca beating Stewart for 2-1 at 38.37.
Craig Peacock made it 3-1 (45.37) before a quick response from Blaze’s T.J. Syner brought the game back to 3-2 (46.10)
With Jim Jorgensen in the penalty box for interference, Mike Hammond who finished the night with 3 points ended the scoring for a final score of 4-2.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “The boys played much better tonight. We executed very well, and I thought it was a game that could have gone either way. Unfortunately, they were just a bit more clinical than us and found a way to win the game. I thought Brian Stewart had one of his better games in a while and he was unlucky tonight.”
HC Danny Stewart
#11 Jim Jorgensen