Ferrara double defeats Panthers
A double from man-of-the-match Luke Ferrara helped the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze to their second consecutive four-point weekend defeating the Nottingham Panthers 4-3 at the Skydome Arena.
The first period saw Nottingham take a deserved lead on the powerplay through Adam Deutsch at 4.18.
The Blaze came back strong to start the second but were constantly thwarted by Great Britain International Jackson Whistle who started in the Panthers goal ahead of Canadian Kevin Carr.
A bit of magic was needed, and it came on 35.43 when Johnny Curran’s sublime pass from behind the net was fired home by Blaze’s top-goal-scorer Evan Bloodoff.
Panthers again went ahead at 39.11 when their man-of-the-match Sam Herr’s well-executed pass was finished at the back-door by Ollie Betteridge.
The Blaze redeemed themselves on the same powerplay through Andrew Johnson making it 2-2 with just 7 seconds left of the middle period, Curran again being awarded with the helper.
At 43.49, Luke Ferrara continued his good scoring form to put the home side ahead with a quick shot assisted by Justin Hache, his second of the night.
The lead didn’t last long though as Brett Bulmer took advantage of a broken play to make it 3-3 at 45.45.
Following a too many men call on the Panthers, the eventual game-winning goal came again from Ferrara, whose re-direction from a Dillon Eichstadt shot found the back of the net at 48.12.
The Panthers came close to levelling the scores on several occasions in the final minutes but a combination of a battling Blaze defence and Jamie Phillips in net kept them at bay as the buzzer sounded on another Blaze victory.