Ferrara Steels the show against former team
British forward Luke Ferrara was the star of the show as the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze defeated Sheffield Steelers 8-2 at the Skydome Arena in pre-season action.
Ferrara, signed from Sheffield this summer registered a hat-trick and two assists on way to being named Man of the Match against his former club.
Both teams went into the game low on numbers. Coventry missing Danick Paquette, Garrett Ladd, Marco Vallerand, Ben Lake and Kevin Noble. Jonathan Kirk and Josh Gent, both guests from the Hull Pirates came in last minute to help bolster the Blaze ranks. Former DEL top-scorer Adam Courchaine made his home debut after arriving in the country earlier this week.
Sheffield, following the previous night’s battle the two teams were without Zack Fitzgerald, Mathieu Roy, Colton Fretter and former Blaze forward Matt Marquardt. British goalie Brad Day got the start for Steelers in place of usual number one Ervins Mustukovs.
Ferrara got the scoring underway against his old mates at 2.11, finishing well from a Brett Robinson feed. Then followed his second at 13.31, re-directing a shot on the powerplay from Gustav Ahnelov.
A freak goal made it 2-1, Robinson trying to bat a puck out of the air, the Blaze forward unintentionally scoring into his own net to end the first period.
Following a big hit by Blaze’s Vojtech Kloz on Steelers’ Levi Nelson, the Czech defenceman dropped the gloves with Brady Ramsay, each receiving five for fighting at 29.05.
Moments later, the hat-trick came for Luke Ferrara to put the home side 3-1 ahead.
The lead was extended to 4-1 on 32.20, Captain Jordan Pietrus registering, before it was 5 and then 6-1 at just 33.57. Gaelen Patterson scoring the fifth on a break-away, Ross Venus the sixth in similar fashion.
Tim Wallace scored his second of the weekend for the away side on 34.10, sending the teams to the locker room at the end of the second period with a score of 6-2.
Edgars Bebris, whose trial period has been extended at least a week with the Blaze then scored a deserved goal early in the third and final period (42.12) to make it 7-2. Brett Robinson completing the rout with two minutes to go for a final score of 8-2.