Match report

Late Mosey strike beats Blaze

Panthers 3
Blaze 4

A late Evan Mosey goal saw the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze defeated 4-3 by the Nottingham Panthers at the Motorpoint Arena.

Mosey, who returned to the line-up following recent absence registered with less than 3 minutes remaining, disappointing a Blaze side who had done so well to fight back from two goals down.

British forward Luke Ferrara opened the scoring for Coventry (7.44), Ross Venus winning a race and board battle to feed his teammate. 

Panthers long wait for a goal after being shut-out by the Sheffield Steelers twice over Christmas ended at 13.40. Tim Billingsley on the powerplay hammering past Kevin Nastiuk for 1-1.

Lifted by the strike, a confident Nottingham side took it to Coventry in the middle period. Following a number of narrow misses, Zack Phillips finally beat Nastiuk again (26.57) frustratingly for Blaze just seconds after killing a powerplay attempt.

With a second goal of the night on the man advantage, Alexander Mokshantsev deservedly extended the advantage to 3-1 (29.55), the Panthers going 2/3 overall.

With a powerplay of their own, Blaze found a way back into the game through Captain Jordan Pietrus (37.25). Marco Vallerand picking up an assist before having to leave the game following a high-speed collision with Mosey.

The teams were tied at 48.08, Gustav Ahnelov scoring a second powerplay goal for Coventry (2/4 overall), Adam Courchaine registering an assist on both equalling the club record of 9 consecutive away games with a helper.

As the clock ticked down and the Blaze lines mixed up through the absence of their top-scorer, it was Mosey who found the game-winning-goal beating Nastiuk with a laser strike for 4-3 (57.06).

Despite a late powerplay and pulling of Nastiuk for a 6-on-4 advantage Coventry couldn’t find another way past Patrick Galbraith in the Nottingham net thus ending the long losing streak. 

Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "Nottingham were better than us tonight. For whatever reason I felt we were flat. Nastiuk was solid once again and we had some good individual performances, but at the end of the day we just didn't have enough of them and they deserved their two points."