Blaze defeated in Dundee
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze began their triple-header weekend in Scotland with a 5-1 defeat to the Dundee Stars on Friday night.
American duo Barry Almeida and T.J. Syner made their first appearances for Coventry, whilst Swedish forward Robin Bergman returned after missing last Sunday's victory over the Braehead Clan through illness.
Justin Faryna gave Stars an early lead at 1.11 before a further big scoring opportunity came their way on the ten-minute mark, Brian Stewart denying a one-on-one opportunity with Dundee short-handed.
Blaze pressed for the equaliser but a combination of brave shot-blocking and solid netminding from Joe Fallon kept Dundee 1-0 ahead to end the opening period.
Stars doubled their lead at 26.31, angering Brian Stewart as he remonstrated that the whistle was blown by referee Pavel Halas before the puck trickled through his pads and into the net.
The frustration continued for Blaze, Josh Godfrey receiving a ten-minute misconduct shortly after.
Into the third period and a sixth of a total seven Blaze powerplay's passed by before the Scottish side made it 3-0 at 47.16. Scott Brannon the scorer through the legs of Stewart.
Just over two minutes later (49.27) and it was 4-0 to the home side, Felix Antoine Poulin this time the scorer. Vinny Scarsella ended Brian Stewart’s night on the powerplay at 54.04 making it 5-0 as the Canadian goalie was replaced by Renny Marr in the Blaze net.
Ross Venus broke the Joe Fallon shut-out with a nicely taken penalty-shot at 57.10 to end the game 5-1.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "It just wasn't good tonight. We didn't execute. The first period the work-ethic was there but the brains weren't switched on. We were sloppy and way too loose defensively. We just weren't very good tonight plain and simple."