JAN 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
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Blaze face an uphill climb tonight as they try and make it to their
first final of the season, and the face-off time has been moved to
encourage fans to come and support them.
team are hosting the Guildford Flames in the second leg semi-final
of the ntl cup at Coventry Skydome.
having lost the first leg 4-1, the players are facing their biggest
challenge of the season if they are to make the final.
away leg was the first without captain Steve Chartrand, and his
team-mates had just discovered that his cut mouth had in fact
resulted in a broken jaw, and he was facing an operation and a
absence has forced the team to reshape and get used to playing in a
more defensive style.
operations director Grant Charman said the team has now adjusted,
and has been boosted by two good wins over Slough at the weekend.
are a much better team than many people give them credit for. They
are very physical and tough and they didn’t play badly.
two results gave a lot of confidence to the players that losing
Steve wasn’t the end of the world.”
game, however, will be a much harder proposition as the
defensively-minded Flames are likely to try and put the barriers up
in the goal.
face-off time has been moved to 8pm to encourage more people to come
games are purposefully held at 6pm to allow children to come along,
but the mid-week games tend to attract an older audience.
haven’t got any promotions on tonight, but we are expecting to
get a good crowd and it should be a fantastic atmosphere.
could be quite a chess match between the two coaches, but if we
get an early goal it could rock the Flames.
three goal lead is nothing hockey and the game is not over yet.
But it is a very big ask.”
the game is level over the two legs after overtime, the tension will
mount as the teams battle out five minutes of sudden death overtime.
there is still no result then there is a penalty shoot-out – but
again it is sudden death.