Back-to-back victories for Blaze over Storm
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze moved off the bottom of the Elite League table, completing a four-point weekend with back-to-back victories over the Manchester Storm.
Following a 0-2 victory at the Altrincham Ice Dome on Saturday night, despite the Storm having their chances, Blaze came out convincing winners on Sunday at the Skydome Arena by a score of 6-2.
Defenceman Jim Jorgensen gave Blaze an early advantage after just 30 seconds, the puck appearing to have been frozen by Storm goalie Mike Clemente before creeping in.
Mario-Trabucco tied things at 11.08, a big shot beating Brian Stewart for the first time of the weekend, assisted by Cody Cartier and Matt Bissonnette.
Blaze lead for a second time at 23.44, Ben Davies making a nice move and finishing well in tight for 2-1, Jordan Pietrus and Ross Venus the providers.
Later, a rare sight followed with Storm's Matt Cartier making a hit on Pietrus, sending the Blaze Captain off the ice through the open door at the Coventry bench.
Pietrus was involved again at 35.19, Darian Dziurzynski dropping the gloves with the Blaze number 16, each receiving five minutes in the penalty box for fighting.
Coventry’s Man of the Match Barry Almeida made it 3-1 on 38.52, finishing a perfect cross-ice pass from Brett Robinson.
A blast from the blue-line by Josh Godfrey at 50.22 made it 4-1 on the powerplay, his 8th of the year as Blaze went 1/5 with the man advantage.
The Storm 0/4 and 0/6 last night giving Coventry a 100% penalty-kill effort over the victorious weekend.
To end the game, Dallas Ehrhardt was to take a ten-minute abuse of official for the visitors before Cody Cartier grabbed a short-handed consolation to make it 4-2 at 57.36.
With Clemente pulled from the Manchester goal, Kevin Noble, assisted by goalie Brian Stewart shot from his own red line into the net for 5-2 at 58.15, before Liam Stewart won a battle in front to seal the Blaze four-point weekend and a 6-2 victory at 59.09.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “It was good to see the offence kick-in and get six. It was a great result. Stewy (Brian Stewart) kept us in it in the opening period. We were way too loose in the first giving up 3 or 4 odd-man opportunities. We talked about puck luck not going our way, but tonight I think we did have some puck luck, they had two sitters at the back-door which for whatever reason they missed. We weren’t anywhere near as good as we were last night, but I can’t remember the last time we didn’t play overly well and we found a way to win a hockey game so there a lot of good signs from that.”
Brett Robinson post-game
Barry Almedia post-game