FEB 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Edinburgh Capitals 2
Tom Watkins hat-trick saw Coventry Blaze get some confidence back as
they ended their poor run of form against under-strength visitors.
early goal by Shaun Johnson set the tone for the evening, with
Hampton replying for the Capitals.
it was the second period where the Blaze accelerated into an
unassailable lead. Ruggles (twice), Kelham, Eley and
Watkins all scored.
this time the Blaze showed they also have the appetite for a fight,
with Michael Tasker and David Patterson being ejected from the game
shortly after halfway for a punch-up.
this time, the Capitals, who started with just 13 players, had lost
their spirit, and could only managed a Svanstrom goal in the third
period as Watkins and Cooper both scored twice.
narrowly failed to do the blaze a favour by beating Basingstoke
Bison, going down after penalties.
means that Coventry are fourth in the BNL table, with a game in hand
over Fife, who are one place ahead of them, and three in hand over
Blaze are unlikely to be able to catch up, but have already
qualified for the play-offs, which start in March.
good run this week, with a home game against Hull on Thursday and a
double-header away at Hull and Fife, could be crucial for position
in the league, which determines who the team will play in the play-offs.
on goal: 49-25
Watkins 3+5; Johnson 2+4; Ruggles 2+4; Cooper 2+2; Eley 1+1; Kelham
1+1; Shewan 0+3; Dumas 0+1; Twaite 0+1.
Net - Hollyhead 25/2
Hampton 1+0; Svanstrom 1+0; Hough 0+1; Karlsson 0+1.
Net - Crossland 49/11
night’s result was a welcome relief for the Blaze, who had
continued their losing streak at Peterborough the night before.
100 per cent record in the Planet Ice Shield went in a away 4-3
defeat. Blaze improved on their supine midweek performance, with
more grit in defence, but still lacked confidence in front of goal.
Soderstrom and Ruggles all scored, but two of the goals came only
after a deficit had built up.
on goal: 28-29
Yardley 1+1; Ruggles 1+0; Soderstrom 1+0; Irvie 0+2; Knights 0+1
Johson 0+1; Watkins 0+1