Panthers take 2nd pre-season victory over Blaze
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze’s first home game of the pre-season ended in a 1-3 defeat to the Nottingham Panthers at the Skydome Arena.
Coventry included two guest players in their line-up – defenceman Edward Knaggs and forward Zack Milton from the Bracknell Bees – while the Panthers started GB international netminder Jackson Whistle.
The Blaze took the lead just over five minutes into the game when Finnish forward, and Blaze man-of-the match, Janne Laakkonen scored his second goal of the weekend when he fired home a pass from Drew Schiestel at 5.04. However, the lead was short-lived, with Panthers defenceman and assistant coach Mark Matheson beating new Blaze netminder Jamie Phillips at 6.40 while each team had a man in the penalty box.
The Panthers took the lead just before the midway point of the second period with William Quist scoring at the backdoor, following good build-up play from Brett Bulmer and Alexis Loiseau, at 29.19.
Blaze back-up netminder Jordan Hedley replaced Phillips between the pipes for the third period and both netminders pulled off excellent saves as the period progressed. First, Whistle reacted to a tip in front from Andrew Johnston, then Hedley pulled off a great save to deny Gui Lepine.
With the clock winding down, new Blaze fan favourite David Broll was given a two-minute penalty for cross-checking at 59.32, and the Panthers exploited the man advantage with their man-of-the-match Sam Herr firing home with just 19 seconds left on the clock.