Match report

Short-handed goals lead Blaze to victory

Blaze 5
Stars 1

Two short-handed goals in 30 seconds in the second period helped secure a short-benched Genting Casino Coventry Blaze an emphatic 5-1 win over the Dundee Stars at the Skydome Arena.

The Blaze were without the suspended David Broll, Justin Hamonic and Nathanael Halbert, and the injured Mathew Thompson, but welcomed Janne Laakkonen back to the line-up after he missed Saturday’s Challenge Cup victory over the Cardiff Devils through injury. The Stars iced the same line-up that lost in overtime to the Nottingham Panthers on Saturday night.

The game started at a lively pace, with both netminders called into action early although the Blaze’s CJ Motte was the busier of the two. The Blaze earned the first powerplay of the night but couldn’t find a way past Adam Morrison in the Stars net and the first period ended 0-0.

The Blaze opened the scoring early in the second period when Laakkonen found Ryan Penny in the slot with a pass from behind the goal and the Canadian fired home at 23.03.

The key phase of the game came as the period approached its halfway point. With Johnny Curran in the penalty box for holding, the Blaze struck twice in 30 seconds despite being on the penalty kill. First, defenceman Dane Gibson fired home from a pass from Penny at 29.53. Then, just three seconds after Dundee coach Omar Pacha had called his timeout, the Blaze scored again when Laakkonen fired home at the back door following a pass from Alec Marsh.

Dundee pulled a goal back just over a minute later when the lively Charlie Combs fired the puck past Motte from a pass by Drydn Dow at 31.16. And, as the period wound down, they almost scored again but Spencer Dorowicz hit the bar when through on goal.

The Blaze got the ideal start to the third period when a shot from the blue line by David Clements was diverted past Morrison and into the Stars net by Penny at 40.36.

And just over three minutes later the Blaze completed the scoring when Luke Ferrara fired a great shot past Morrison from a pass from Laakkonen at 43.51.

As the game wound down, Dorowicz collided with Motte in the Blaze goal, sparking a melee that saw Dundee’s Kyle Hass ejected from the game on a third man in penalty and two players from each side sent to the penalty box at 56.17.

Penny was named Blaze man of the match, while Combs took the award for the Stars.

HC Danny Stewart 


#9 Ryan Penny 

#62 Janne Laakkonen