FEB 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Peterborough Pirates 5
of poking the Peterborough netminder’s eyes out and amputating all
their out-players’ legs, woeful Coventry Blaze didn’t stand a
chance of winning last night.
five goals in the opening 23 minutes put the tie beyond them as a
lack of confidence, sloppy play and terrible defending let the
Pirates in time after time.
games, against the leading sides in the BNL, have been characterised
by the Blaze having stacks more shots, but conceding more goals.
night, however, the confidence to take a shot evaporated. The
lacklustre imports were taken out of the starting line-up, but no
amount of switching around could muster many convincing efforts on
main problem was defending. In the first period every time they lost
the puck on the halfway line, Peterborough were left free to run in
on an exposed Sjodin.
first goal was scored by Chris Jamieson of the Pirates when they
were short-handed, as Blaze pushed forward leaving half the rink
lesson wasn’t learned, and Peterborough must have thought they
were on a training sessions and Jamieson scored again, McEwen twice
the Blaze did get a shot in it was generally long-distance and
presented no great difficulty to the hulking Raitanen. Only
Samuelsson managed to get a shot in that made any real impact as the
netminder collapsed to the ice under the force.
second period started no better. Whatever was said to the players in
the break didn’t work. But Barry Hollyhead, brought on for the
unlucky and overexposed Sjodin started to pull off a series of
excellent saves that kept the Blaze in the hunt and earned him the
on 31.40, the goal of the game, scored by Claude Dumas for the
Blaze. Passing was another of the side’s weaknesses all night –
he solved this by taking the puck around the entire Pirates side in
a mazy goal-to-goal run.
was also involved in the Blaze’s second goal in the third period,
as part of a good team break. Moving down the right he passed inside
to the powerful Cooper, who shrugged off the defence and slotted
past Raitenen for his first goal since his move to Hull.
was time for a comeback. The defence was slightly more organised,
with Knights and Cooper forcing the charging Pirates wide to give
reinforcements time to return.
had put the shutters up, and after the second gaol the confidence
briefly returned. Shots started to ping in at the Pirates goal, but
often with no-one following up quickly enough for the rebound.
Tasker missed a sitter with ten minutes to go, having four or five
shots against the stranded Raitanen. If that had gone in it would
have left the game on.
it fizzled out. Coventry keep looking down the table for a chance
for a morale-boosting win. Perhaps second-bottom Edinburgh will
provide that opportunity on Sunday. Before then the team must
confront last night’s demons again, and travel to Peterborough on
scores : 0-4/1-1/1-0
minutes : 8-12
on goal : 38-30
: Paul Shuttleworth
: Dumas 1+1; Cooper 1+0; Samuelsson 0+1; Shewan 0+1.
Nets - Sjodin (20’00) 11/4; Hollyhead (40’00) 19/1
: Jamieson 2+1; McEwen 2+0; Hammill 1+0; Markus 0+2; Morgan 0+1.
Net - Raitanen 38/2