Match report

Storm blast Blaze in third period

Storm 5
Blaze 2

A three-goal third period by the Manchester Storm helped defeat the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze 5-2 in Altrincham on Friday night.

The Blaze travelled to Manchester for the Premier Sports Elite League game without Mathew Thompson (injury) and associate Captain David Broll who has temporarily returned home to Canada for a personal reason.

Coventry began the game strongly and took a deserved lead when Johnny Curran finished well from a Dane Gibson assist at 10.17.

The Blaze continued to pile on the pressure, but found Storm's new netminder Jason Bacashihua in outstanding form. The 39-year-old brought in to cover for the injured Matt Ginn making 40 saves on the night to record a win and collect the man of the match award on his debut.

The Storm equalised at 32.56, when Tayler Thompson took advantage of a breakdown in the Blaze zone to score short-handed. 

Coventry's man of the match Janne Kivilahti responded 54 seconds later as the Blaze made a brief five-on-three opportunity count.

Manchester tied things up again at 37.52 when Tyson Fawcett spun on a loose puck and fired past Blaze netminder C.J. Motte.

The third period belonged to the Storm, and the first of their three goals came just ten seconds into the final frame.

Curtis Hamilton scoring in close to give the home side their first lead of the night, and one they weren't to give up.

Scott Simmons scored at 50.06 on an extended five-on-three for the Storm with Ryan Penny and Nate Halbert sat in the box for Coventry.

After the Blaze had a goal wiped out, Motte was pulled for the extra skater with four minutes remaining.

Try as they might, Bacashihua wasn't to be beaten again and Cam Critchlow wrapped up the points for the Storm scoring into the empty net from his own end at 57.26.

HC Danny Stewart