Blaze split weekend with Flyers
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze split the points with Fife Flyers this weekend, going down 4-0 tonight after a 6-5 success last night.
Blaze Head Coach Chuck Weber missed the trip to Kirkcaldy for personal reasons, with James Pease running the bench in his absence.
Brenden Walker (ill) joined Great Britain trio Ashley Tait, Russell Cowley and Russ Venus out of the line-up, with Josh Godfrey again sidelined with injury.
But Blaze were boosted by the availability of Bobby Chamberlain, James Griffin and Lewis, Hook, who are on two-way deals from Milton Keynes Lightning.
However, their hopes of making a solid start were undone after just 23 seconds when Shayne Stockton nudged Flyers in front.
Quick-fire markers from Justin Fox (28.40) and Ryan Dingle (30.47) extended Flyers' lead, with Blaze calling a time-out after the third goal.
Blaze, beaten 6-0 on their last visit in September, lost Chris Bruton on a 10-minute misconduct at 49.51 before goaltender Brian Stewart went off injured to be replaced by Renny Marr, against his former club, at 50.53.
Boris Valabik was then assessed 19 minutes of penalties at 54.43 after clashing with Nico Sacchetti, with Kyle Haines adding a fourth on the resulting powerplay with 90 seconds left.
"It was a difficult night for us and it did not work out the way we wanted it to. It is a tough place to play and when you don't play your game you are not going to be successful.
"We talked about getting off to a good start but we did the complete opposite. It gave them the momentum and it put us on the back foot.
"We did not stick to the game-plan and we were turning over pucks. They are a good team and they counter well. We left ourselves a little exposed.
"I thought the line of Chamberlain, Hook and Griffin was excellent. They did what we needed them to do, they gave us some minutes and put Fife under pressure. They brought us a lot of energy and speed.
"Stewie is OK and he will be fine for Wednesday against Nottingham. He came off as a precaution and Marrzy did a good job in his home rink." - Director of Hockey Operations, James Pease