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The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze exited the Premier Sports Challenge Cup on Wednesday night following a 5-1 second-leg (7-4 aggregate) defeat to the Belfast Giants at the SSE Arena.
The Blaze headed across the Irish sea with a 3-2 lead from the first-leg and had multiple opportunities to extend their lead in the early going in Belfast.
However, Tyler Beskorowany stood tall to give the Giants the opportunity to tie the series at 5.09 when JJ Piccinich scored from a David Goodwin feed.
Despite Blaze continuing to create chances, it was Belfast who scored again with Piccinich turning provider for Goodwin at 9.10.
Mark Cooper gave the home side a two-goal lead in the tie at 21.39 and when Scott Conway scored on the powerplay shortly after (22.53), he the Blaze with a mountain to climb.
WithBeskorowany continuing to frustrate Coventry, Lewis Hook all but confirmed the Giants’ qualification for the semi-finals, taking advantage of a turn-over whilst short-handed to beat C.J. Motte in the Blaze net one-on-one.
Finnish forward Janne Kivilahti scored on a solo effort to breakBeskorowany’s shut-out on the powerplay at 56.31 but it was little consolation as the buzzer sounded to end Coventry’s participation in the competition.