Lake double helps Blaze to "ugly" road win
A double from Ben Lake helped the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze to an “ugly” 2-3 road win against the Fife Flyers.
The victory, Coventry’s first in 6 games at Kirkcaldy was a welcome Birthday present for Head Coach Danny Stewart, stopping his sides losing skid at seven matches.
Lakes opener in his third straight goal-scoring game against Fife came at 8.31, assisted by the returning Marco Vallerand and former Fife Captain Ryan Dingle.
Without Kevin Noble (Suspended), Luke Ferrara (Injured) and Dax Lauwers (Healthy scratch), Blaze also lost Adam Courchaine with a leg injury before Lake made it 0-2 (16.28).
A single strike in the second period from Danick Gauthier cut Blaze’s lead to 1-2 after 40 minutes.
With the next goal being crucial, player/Assistant Coach Brett Robinson found a finishing touch for 1-3 (50.12), his sixth straight appearance with at least a point.
The Flyers weren’t to go away easy though as Chase Schaber fired straight back (50.51).
Despite a pulling of netminder Andy Iles for the extra skater, the Blaze dug deep in the final minutes to claim a crucial victory.
Danny Stewart said, “We won and we won ugly. We lost Couch early on and put us down to 13 guys, but we found a way. Big character win on the road!”