Dingle overtime penalty-shot wins it for Blaze
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze picked up their first win of the 2017/18 pre-season campaign, defeating the Manchester Storm 4-3 in overtime thanks to a Ryan Dingle penalty-shot.
The Storm arrived in Coventry at full-strength whilst the Blaze await the arrival of former DEL forward Adam Courchaine and defenceman Kevin Noble sitting out as a precaution after taking a shot to the face earlier in the day during training.
The visitors began the game in the ascendency, helped by multiple powerplay opportunities in the opening twenty minutes. Matt Bissonnette (3.54), Mike Hammond (7.35) and Shane Bakker (18.33) all scoring on the man-advantage with Elite League's top-scorer of last season Matt Beca picking up a couple of assists.
The three first period goals for the visitors were split by British forward and Blaze Man of the Match Ross Venus being well rewarded for outstanding work on the penalty-kill, scoring short-handed (11.26), helped by line-mate Ben Lake.
At 1-3 down, Danny Stewart's men came back strong in the middle period. Marco Vallerand registering from Ryan Dingle at 23.29 before Captain Jordan Pietrus tied the game on 24.34.
The third period saw both teams change their goalies, Brython Preece replacing Kevin Nastiuk for Coventry and Declan Ryan taking to the ice in place of Mike Clemente for Manchester.
The British pair held firm, taking the game into overtime following a 3-3 score-line after 60 minutes of play.
Early in the extended period, Ryan Dingle put on the burners to beat Dallas Ehrhardt to a loose puck, the Storm defenceman hauling down the Blaze forward as he broke free on goal.
Referee Mike Hicks signalled for the penalty-shot with the Blaze Assistant Captain brushing the ice off his shorts to beat Ryan superbly and win the game 4-3 for Coventry.