First pre-season victory for Blaze
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze secured their first win of their 2019/20 pre-season campaign defeating the Manchester Storm 6-4 at the Skydome Arena on Wednesday night.
The Blaze got on the board early with Matt Pohlkamp scoring after just 31 seconds. Blaze man-of-the match Johnny Curran then made it 2-0 with a nice finish at 16. 14.
At the 20-minute mark, Canadian number-one netminder Jamie Phillips was replaced by Brit Jordan Hedley in the Blaze goal, and the Storm too switched their netminder at 30 minutes with Matt Ginn being replaced by Adam Long.
Long was beaten first on the powerplay as Drew Schiestel hammered home from the point at 34.40 for a 3-0 score-line.
After an Andrew Johnston breakaway effort was denied by the Manchester goalie, Dillon Lawrence was first to find the loose puck for 4-0.
In the third period, a Storm side missing several key imports for their first game of the season made a solid fight-back, scoring first at 44.49 through Adam Hughesman.
Just 5 seconds later though it was 5-1 as Evan Bloodoff fired past Long, much to the relief of the former Fife forward who had been denied on two or three previous occasions.
Cameron Critchclow with a short-handed goal cut the score-line to 5-2 (50.38) but Blaze again hit right back through David Broll on the powerplay at 50.48.
With the clock ticking down, Mathieu Gagnon (55.58) and finally Kyle Hope (57.36) made the result a lot closer for the Storm, with the final buzzer sounding on a 6-4 home win for the Blaze.