Stewart shoots down Steelers again
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze posted a fifth successive win over Sheffield Steelers after a thrilling 5-4 shoot-out victory at the Skydome in the Elite League.
Blaze came flying out of the traps with Carl Lauzon putting them ahead after just 99 seconds.
Steelers tied the game at 11.46 through Conny Stromberg before Blaze went back in front at 13.34 with a delayed penalty goal.
It was Jim Jorgensen who struck for the fourth time in three games - his 100th point in all EIHL competitions - with the goal given after much deliberation by the officials. It also extended his point-scoring run to five games.
Blaze then stretched their lead with 39 seconds of the opening period remaining, Brenden Walker notching his first goal at home with a third assist of the game from Chris Bruton.
Walker then hit a post before Steelers cut the deficit at 33.28 with a five-on-three powerplay marker from Stromberg who was 2+2 on the night. Fredrik Vestberg then tied the game 3-3 at 48.24.
Carl Lauzon, with his second restored Blaze's lead at 50.49 but a powerplay strike from Cullen Eddy 68 seconds later sent the game into overtime.
Despite a penalty to defenceman Boris Valabik, there was no scoring from either team and the game went to the shoot-out.
Goaltender, Brian Stewart saved from Steelers duo Tyler Mosienko and Conny Stromberg whilst Drew Fisher and Jordan Pietrus scored for Blaze, just as they did in Sheffield last Saturday to secue the extra point.
"I loved our 5-on-5 game tonight for the most part. I thought once we got puck's deep we created alot of scramble situations. We scored three goals just by getting pucks around the paint and we talked about getting those gritty goals... I know Thommo was pretty upset, he felt the referee cost them the game.... There was a number of penalties that I wasn't happy with, it wasn't so much those against us, but some of those that I felt he could have called against Sheffield, but it's neither here nor there, I'm just glad we got the two points." - Blaze Head Coach, Chuck Weber
"The referee gave them a two goal head start... It was a great game of hockey from both teams. We had a few chances to steal it but we didn't do it. But, I am flabbergasted by the level of officiating and decision making." - Steelers Head Coach, Paul Thompson
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"I just try to play my game and stay consistent. I'm here to get us into a playoff spot and really ramp it up, if the individual stuff comes with it then that's a bonus." - #57 new signing Chris Bruton
"I work on a lot of stuff after practice. For me the shootout is the funnest part of the game whether I'm watching or getting to shoot. It's something I put a lot of time into and have fun with. It was a huge two points for us. To beat them five times in a row, we've proven that we can play with the best teams in the league." - #20 Drew Fisher