Blaze secure four point weekend
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze completed a four-point weekend in the Elite League with a 5-1 victory over Sheffield Steelers at the Skydome.
Blaze, who won 3-2 on penalty shots in Sheffield on Saturday, brought James Isaacs back into the line-up with Josh Godfrey ruled out through injury while Kevin Noble was passed fit.
A fiery start to the game resulted in 32 minutes of penalties being dished out inside the opening six minutes, with Blaze defenceman David Clements assessed a 2+10 checking from behind penalty after 82 seconds.
Blaze forward Jordan Pietrus and Jason Hewitt [Steelers] received fighting majors at 4.08 with Boris Valabik [Coventry] and Zack Fitzgerald [Steelers] collecting roughing minors.
Steelers took the lead at 18.37 through captain Jonathan Phillips but a bullet from Jim Jorgensen tied the game up just 21 seconds later.
Man of the match Pietrus put Blaze in front 3.17 into the second period and he added another - his 17th of the season - on the powerplay at 31.06.
Jorgensen claimed his second of the game just 61 seconds later, with Fisher posting his third assist of the night.
Steelers then had a goal wiped out before Fitzgerald began throwing punches at Pietrus, both receiving fighting majors. The Steeler was handed a further 12 minutes for instigator while Valabik was given a 10-minute misconduct at 36.44.
Mike Quesnele wrapped up the points with a powerplay goal at 58.26 before there was a further altercation between Tanaka and Eddy. That was the last of the action as a jubilant home crowd celebrated a fourth successive victory over Steelers.
"Our penalty kill was fantastic again this weekend. Our powerplay was big too. That 5-on-3 goal was a difference maker. I felt that would be a turning point if we did not score, so we called a timeout to settle the group down a bit and they showed their talent with a heck of a finish." - Blaze Head Coach, Chuck Weber
When asked about the four game winning streak over Sheffield, Weber commented:
"There's no rhyme or reason. They are a very good team. I enjoy coaching against Thommo (Paul Thompson) he is a very talented coach. These are the things as a coach that you want and you embrace those type of challenges and what they present against you."
"We were beaten by the better team. I thought we played a decent game last night (Saturday) and we didn't take the opportunities that we created but tonight (Sunday) they took their opportunities and they were the better team and deserved the home win, it's as simple as that. We've got to look to get back to winning ways, a one point weekend is not what Sheffield Steelers are used to." - Steelers Head Coach, Paul Thompson
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"That feels good. Especially the first one, it was a big goal to tie it up. We were clinical, we got down to business in the third and stayed out of the extracurricular and just played hockey." - #11 Jim Jorgensen