Blaze beaten by Storm in shoot-out
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze were beaten 3-4 via a penalty shoot-out by the Manchester Storm in pre-season action at the Skydome Arena.
Missing import duo Ryan Penny and Joey Raats, the Blaze drafted in Nathan Ripley from the Sheffield Steeldogs, along with other two-way youngsters, forward Austin Mitchell-King and defenceman Sam Russell.
Returning All-Star netminder C.J. Motte began between the pipes for Coventry with Brit James Downie starting at the other end for Manchester.
The Blaze took a 1-0 lead at 16.20 when Blaze Academy product Austin Mitchell-King pulled off a lovely toe-drag and shot to score his first for the pro team.
Evan Bloodoff doubled the Coventry advantage at 35.04 before the Storm fought back with goals from Liam Morgan (51.17) and Joseph Hazeldine (52.22) to tie the game.
Shortly after, Manchester took their first lead of the night through Tyson Fawcett at 55.09, beating Brit Jordan Hedley who had replcaed Motte after two periods for the third time in quick succession.
On the powerplay, Coventry found an equaliser late in the game as Luke Ferrara finished a well-worked move at 57.39.
With no goals in the 3-on-3 overtime period, the game went to a penalty shoot-out in which the Storm won the best-of-five competition 2-0.
Nate Halbert was awarded the Blaze man of the match.