Blaze hit Steelers for six
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze completed a fantastic four-point weekend in the Elite League with a 4-2 victory over Sheffield Steelers at the Skydome.
Blaze, who retired the number 26 jersey of American forward Dan Carlson before the game, came flying out of the traps and raced into a 2-0 lead.
Brett Robinson got the go-ahead goal at 1.43 - his 19th marker of the season - before Brenden Walker added a second at 5.13.
Steelers hit back with an equally explosive start to the second period with goals from Guillaume Desbiens (20.48) and Jeff Legue (25.30 powerplay) tying it up.
Walker notched his second with just 14 seconds of the middle session remaining to put Blaze back in front and Jordan Pietrus made it 4-2 at 46.13 with his 21st goal of the season.
Blaze lost defenceman Boris Valabik on a match penalty for checking to the head at 50.45 but they held on to post a sixth successive win over Steelers.
The post-game handshakes were abandonded by referee Dean Smith as Guillaume Desbiens picked up a match penalty on the buzzer, Cullen Eddy a game, and Jason Hewitt a ten minute misconduct. On the other side, Blaze players Ross Venus collected 2 minutes for slashing whilst defenceman Kevin Noble also recieved a ten minute misconduct.
"To beat the co-number one teams in this league in a back-to-back series, all the credit goes to the boys, it was a gutsy effort. Our penalty kill and Brian Stewart were fantastic tonight. We got timely goals but I don't think we created as much offence as we are capable of. I thought they really dominated the pace of play, especially because of the number of kills that we had, but I couldn't be more proud of the boys for coming up with a huge four points." - Head Coach, Chuck Weber