FEB 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Coventry Blaze 9
Blaze had a major scare against a traditionally inferior team before
making the game safe in the dying minutes.
with a light squad, the Blaze took command early on but let the lead
slip and with minutes to go the score was seven-all.
and Shewan put the Blaze in front with two early goals. Fry
responded with a powerplay goal and Dumas gave Coventry a 3-1 lead
at the first interval.
Fry narrowed the lead, but the Blaze went on one of their second
period rampages that have become so common this season. Dumas,
Tasker, Eley and Ruggles all scored to make the game seem secure.
the Capitals came back, and with two minutes to go the score was
edged Coventry back in front, but Shewan picked up a penalty with 54
seconds to go.
took their goalie off for the remainder of the game to try and force
the overtime with six skaters against four.
gamble backfired when Soderstrom scored from the defensive blue line
to give the Blaze a two-goal lead.
are in the middle of a marathon stint of games at the moment, and a
tough few days beckons.
they travel to Milton Keynes Kings for the Planet Ice Shield – a
competition they still can win.
weekend sees a double-header against Peterborough Pirates, who have
become something of a nemesis to Coventry lately.
sides are close to each other in the BNL, and the results will be
crucial in the race for a good draw in the play-offs.
sides are level on points at the end of the season the results
between the teams involved are used to determine the final placing.
have to pick up good wins against Peterborough in case they end
level on points. Earlier in the season Blaze have lost 4-5 and 2-5,
so must win both games this weekend by a total of more than three
they are currently trailing Fife by one game to two, so they must
win the remaining game north of the border if they are to come
through above the Flyers.
the season ends at the end of the month the top eight teams go into
the play-offs. Two groups compete in a round-robin format, with the
teams that finished in 1st, 4th, 5th and 8th place in the BNL in one
group, and the remainder in the other group.
play each other home and away over the first three weekends in
March, with the top two teams going through to the semi-finals.
scores : 1-3/2-4/4-2
minutes : 0-6
on goal : 38-40
: Drew Fraser
: Fry 4+0; Lynch 2+2; Giusti 1+1; Hampton 0+3; Simpson 0+3; Karlsson
0+2; Svanstrom 0+1; Wilson 0+1.
Net - Crossland (time not recorded) 39/8; empty net 1/1
: Dumas 2+1; Kelham 2+1; Ruggles 1+2; Eley 1+1; Soderstrom 1+1;
Tasker 1+1; Shewan 1+0; Twaite 0+3; Knights 0+1; Watkins 0+1;
Yardley 0+1. Net -