Blaze take positives from BBT defeat
Three final-period goals consigned Genting Casino Coventry Blaze to a 5-2 defeat to Elite League leaders Cardiff Devils in South Wales.
Blaze handed a debut to Chris Bruton while James Isaacs was again in the line-up with Josh Godfrey missing out once more through injury.
Tomas Kurka got the go-ahead goal for Devils on the powerplay at 5.14 and Joey Martin doubled their advantage at 8.29.
Brett Robinson pulled a goal back for Blaze at 17.02 - his 15th marker of the season - before Carl Lauzon was ejected for checking from behind at 23.37.
Goaltender Brian Stewart helped Blaze kill the resulting penalty - Devils also having a two-minute five-on-three powerplay - and they then levelled through Jim Jorgensen at 29.20.
Jake Morissette (49.48) and Martin (51.46 powerplay) restored Devils' two-goal lead before the latter claimed his hat-trick with a short-handed empty-net strike with 38 seconds left.
"There were a lot of positives and I thought we showed a lot of character in the second period with those two huge penalty kills.
"Cardiff have three leading candidates for the league's MVP in [Joey] Martin, [Andrew] Hotham and [Ben] Bowns. They block shots and do the ugly stuff well from top to bottom.
"They have arguably the best roster in the league, they are certainly the most talented team.
"Losing Lauzon really hurt us and with Bruton coming in we had a little disconnect with our lines but it has been a whirlwind few days for Chris and he did what we asked of him." - Blaze Head Coach, Chuck Weber
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"We were in it for 50 minutes but that 90 seconds finished us off. We didn't get the points tonight but we showed character and we have to build upon the positives." - #21 Ashley Tait