Match report

Blaze score 8 to seal four-point Scotland weekend

Clan 6
Blaze 8

The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze hit eight goals to overcome the Glasgow Clan 6-8 in a bonkers game at the Braehead Arena.

The scoring began early as Matt Maywood, who is celebrating his testimonial season with Glasgow put them ahead on 1.55.

Another British forward Luke Ferrara tied the game, tipping home a Chris Pohlkamp shot at 8.09.

The Clan were ahead again on 11.21 when multi-time Elite League Champion with the Sheffield Steelers, Mathieu Roy beat Jamie Phillips for 2-1.

Blaze’s top-goal-scorer Evan Bloodoff got the scores level again with a nice wrist shot on 13.24.

With his second of the night on a bad bounce off Phillips’ pads, Roy made it 3-2 before Mikael Lidhammar beat the clock by a second to put Glasgow 4-2 up after 20 minutes (19.59).

Despite the late blow in the previous period, Blaze began the second bright and were rewarded when Andrew Johnston scored from a Janne Laakkonen feed for 4-3 (21.23).

It was a tied game at 25.57 when after much Blaze pressure forward Dillon Lawrence found a loose puck in front of Patrick Killeen’s net to make it 4-4.

On the powerplay, Glasgow again went ahead on 27.23 as Rasmus Bjerrum hit home and that’s the way it stayed through 40 minutes.

The third period became a scrappy affair before the game swung on its head, with even more scoring.

Ross Venus, like Haywood celebrating a testimonial season tied things 5-5 on 53.44 much to the anger of Killeen who felt he had been impeded by the Brit.

Another Blaze goal, and their first lead came just seconds later as Johnston ripped a wrister past the Clan keeper at 54.05 for a score of 5-6.

With tensions running high Travis Ehrhardt was to take a 2+2 penalty and Johnny Curran made him pay with what was to be the game-winning-goal on the powerplay (5-7) at 55.39.

This crazy game wasn’t done yet though as Roy hit his hattrick short-handed at 56.44 to give the Clan hope (6-7).

It was to be the Blaze’s night though as Ferrara grabbed his second of the game on the man advantage at 56.51 to give Coventry an incredible 6-8 victory and four-point Scotland weekend.