FEB 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Hull Thunder 3
Blaze kept their heads to earn a second consecutive goal glut
against weaker opposition, with AJ Kelham leading the onslaught with
reasonable crowd for a midweek game saw a largely British side take
on understrength Hull. Beset by financial problems, the visitors
only had ten players, plus a goalie.
having an inexperienced team, and just one fan in the crowd, Hull
got off to the better start and scored first through Florence. The
ice seemed sluggish in the first period and the Blaze were unable to
get any momentum going.
assured of their superiority despite missing Soderstrom, Sjodin,
Tasker and Chartrand, didnít lose their heads, and overturned the
good move down the right by Tom Watkins tipped the puck into the
centre for the mercurial Ruggles to score a short-handed goal on
second period, and Blaze moved into second gear on ice that wasnít
as sticky. The Blaze discovered their knack of scoring two goals in
quick succession to undermine the opponents.
Hull player Stephen Cooper was immense. He and Knights helped plug
the defensive hole that has been too apparent in recent weeks, and
he also provided new attacking options, scoring a rare powerplay
goal for the Blaze
later Claude Dumas wriggled through a throng of players to flick the
puck to Twaite, who gave Blaze a two goal cushion.
Hull didnít give up, and Shudra scored a fine goal on the break
that was generously applauded by the home fans.
cut inside the Hull defence to provide an attack from a new angle,
and Dumas scored, and Kelham put the fifth in minutes later.
Hull made a game of it, and forced Hollyhead into making an excellent diving
save before scoring the third through Plommer
the game left the visitors in the third period as their lack of
troops began to tell and Kelham scored three more goals.
scored two, Knights slotted one home and Eley another, the puck
brushing off his leg, as the Blaze notched up their 23rd goal in two
game beckons at Hull this weekend, along with the stiffest challenge
of them all at Fife, who apart from a moment of madness against Hull
recently, have been undefeated on home ice all season.
scores : 1-1/4-1/7-0
minutes : 2-10
on goal : 49-18
: Mohammed Ashraff
: Kelham 4+2; Ruggles 3+2; Dumas 1+4; Twaite 1+4; Cooper 1+1; Eley
1+0; Knights 1+0; Shewan 0+2; Watkins 0+2; Yardley 0+1.
Net - Hollyhead 18/3
: Plommer 1+2; Shudra 1+2; Florence 1+1; Payne 0+1. Net - Noble 49/12