Battling blaze bow out in shoot-out

Apr 25, 2022 | 2021/22, Match Report

Head Coach Danny Stewart praised the performance of the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze as his side took the Elite League Champions Belfast Giants all the way to a penalty shoot-out where they were beaten in sudden death at the quarter-finals stage of the Premier Sports playoffs.

JJ Piccinich scored the winning penalty shot in round ten of the shoot-out to end the Blaze’s season and put the Giants into the final-four weekend where they will meet the Dundee Stars. Guildford Flames and Cardiff Devils will compete in the other semi-final.

After a scoreless opening period, the home side went ahead through Tyler Soy whose show from behind the goal line squeezed through C.J. Motte and into the Blaze net to make it 3-2 on aggregate at 25.52.

The Blaze tied the game just a couple of minutes later (27.55) when Connor Chaulk jammed the puck past Tyler Beskorowany in close.

Both teams had chances on the powerplay to win the game in regulation, but it finished all square after 60 minutes.

Neither team were able to find a winner in overtime and the tie went to a dramatic shoot-out.

Only John Curran and David Goodwin scored in the opening five rounds of the shootout, with both of their goals coming in the fifth.

Janne Kivilahti then put the Blaze ahead in sudden death, only for Scott Conway to pull an excellent move to keep the Giants level. Kivilahti missed in round ten, and it fell to Piccinich to beat Motte and send Belfast through.