Pietrus praises "amazing" Blaze fans
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Captain Jordan Pietrus took the time today to repeat his positive post-game message on Sunday to Blaze fans.
Speaking to Blaze Media Manager Rob Plaister, the 31-year-old Canadian has pledged that he and his teammates will do everything that they can to push on from the back-to-back victories over Belfast and Manchester last weekend, continuing to pay tribute to the Blaze fans.
“It was a big weekend for us, we’ve gone through a pretty trying stretch here recently so it was good to get out and get a couple wins. Now we need to continue to build on the momentum we created this past weekend.”
Asked if there was anything in particular that may have initiated the positive response last weekend, the Man of the Match on Sunday continued:
“I think we really tried to bring our focus on what we need to do to be successful. Near the end of the week the players had a closed door meeting. What flipped the switch? I’m not sure exactly but as I said before we have to continue to make strides this weekend and build on our momentum."
With two goals against the Manchester Storm, Pietrus took his season total to 6, equalling defenceman Josh Godfrey for top goal-scorer on the team. A 3-0 victory over the Storm, has put qualification for the quarter-finals of the cup in Blaze’s hands, knowing a regulation win on Friday in Nottingham will see them through. On Sunday, Blaze with new signing Ben Davies in the line-up will face the Braehead Clan for the first time this season at the Skydome Arena.
Looking forward, the Captain said:
“It’s another big weekend for us. But every weekend is a big one in the Elite League. Friday is going to be a great test for us in a must win game in Nottingham, and then on Sunday, we take on a Braehead team who will be hungry for a win as well.”
Asked about his emotional words and the wave that followed to the Block 8 faithful on Sunday, the Blaze number 16 commented:
“I just think it’s important to recognize how important our fans are to us and our success. They stick by us through thick and thin, and it was nice to get the opportunity to let them know right from one of the players that our fans are the best in the league and we need them behind us! The fans 100% make the Skydome a difficult place to play for opposing teams and I love that!”
Jordan then paid a special tribute to the Block 8 contingent who stay after every game and chant to the players who remain on the ice for their post-match interviews.
“We turn to Block 8 and give them the famous ‘Hirschy’ wave when we win a game because they have been huge in combatting opposing team fans when they come to the Dome. They’re amazing, the guys love the chants and the drums, so it just adds to the atmosphere and the fun around the rink.”
Concluding, Pietrus said:
“We are committed to working hard to improve as a team each day and turning that work into wins and results on the weekends.”