Giants slay Blaze at the Skydome
Three quick-fire goals in the first period helped Belfast Giants to 1-4 victory over the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze at the Skydome Arena.
Blaze welcomed back defenceman Marc Cantin but British forward Ashley Tait missed out after picking up a knock last weekend.
The Giants who started with Stephen Murphy in net were without DJ Rutherford, Alex Foster and Chris Higgins.
The game started in feisty fashion, Darcy Zajac and Jonathan Boxill fighting after an elbowing penalty to the Blaze man on 2.35.
The first period belonged to the away side, player/coach Derrick Walser giving Belfast the lead (12.36) before a double from Blair Riley, the first a mix up from the Blaze defence on the powerplay and second a long-range shot beating Brian Stewart high (15.42 and 17.20).
No further goals were scored in the middle period despite Belfast hitting the pipes. The Giants though did manage to extend their lead to four with Steve Saviano finding the net at 42.03. Blaze’s Bjorn Bombis added a consolation at 58.42, ending a run of near six periods of play for Coventry without a goal, ending the game 1-4.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “Again, I can’t fault the performance as a whole. Yes, we made a couple of mistakes in the first period and it ended up in the back of our net. We came out the first 7 or 8 minutes and looked the better team and then penalty, penalty, penalty put us on the back foot again. Pucks aren’t dropping for us right now, several times we had good net presence and if a guy is righty it’s dropping on his left side and vice-versa. The luck’s not there, and we’ve got to continue to work and believe that we are going to come through it. We have skill in that room and we’ve got to start believing and stick together but if everyone starts pointing fingers now then you’re not going to come out of it.”