FEB 01] COVENTRY BLAZE MATCH REPORT
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record crowd, five goals, four fights and a dancing dragon – what
more could the Coventry Blaze want on a winning weekend?
double victory over the Peterborough Pirates has left Paul
Thompson’s side looking a reasonable bet for the valued third
place in the BNL standings.
home match against the Pirates saw the Blaze stamp their authority
in a good game that descended into mob violence as the rattled
visitors dispensed with the puck and used their fists instead.
again the start had been delayed because of crowd congestion.
end result was a 2,516 audience – an impressive sight and a good
atmosphere, but another frustrating wait for those who had bothered
to buy their tickets in advance.
fun was added to by Cedric the dancing dragon, who took to the ice
during the interval, sashaying away to raise funds for NCH Action
tight first period saw plenty of smooth hockey, but no goals. Blaze
were generally superior, and got in plenty of shots, but to no
avail. Peterborough defended well to ensure a 0-0 score at the first
defending had more spine to it – helped in no small measure by the
return of captain Steve Chartrand from injury.
a face mask to protect his jaw, the verve and grit that has
occasionally been lacking in the last two months returned.
was a crunching tackle from defence, by Mathias Soderstrom, that set
the opening goal up. He prostrated himself in front of an attacker
to win the puck and send it down the ice.
immense Cooper, who always seems to have more time than any other
player, sent a fine cross in to Watkins, who scored.
celebrations, but only for a short while as the Pirates equalised.
Tasker missed the puck as it was sent down the ice by the
short-handed pirates, and other attempts to clear it were fluffed.
emerged from the penalty box to be gifted the puck in front of an
open run on goal, and he didn’t miss such an easy opportunity.
on the half-hour mark, the Blaze moved up a gear. Johnson passed
from the left corner to Watkins, who seemed to miss the puck, but
Shewan was lying in wait, and regained the lead.
sooner had that crowd sat down than they were on their feet again as
Ruggles scored straight from the restart.
double-whammy, seen so often in the second period, as good as ended
the contest, and chance after chance rained on Raitanen in the
made the score 4-1 as a patient build up on a powerplay led to
another goal, and Peterborough were forced to call a time-out to try
it was to be Coventry’s day seemed inevitable when at the end of
the second period and beginning of the third they successfully
defended a powerplay with two of their players in the box,
Dumas scored on 49.50 to cement the victory with a very tidy goal,
and Peterborough, sensing defeat, switched goalie to give David
Whitwell a run out.
he didn’t let anything in for the remainder of the game was
largely due to the tendency of the Peterborough team to launch into
any Blaze player who ventured into their half.
set upon Eley, and while that was being disentangled, Knights won an
encounter with the Pirates’ Geoff O’Hara.
Blaze box started to get crowded with Irvine being sent in for a
foul, and the first set of miscreants had just returned to the ice
when Peterborough’s Chris Jamieson launched into Shaun Johnson for
no apparent reason.
wasn’t penalised for his involvement, but Kelham was minutes later
when he pulled Mark Mackie’s shirt off as they exchanged blows in
front of the Blaze goal.
scores : 0-0/4-1/1-0
minutes : 36-34
on goal : 36-19
: Graham Horner
: Watkins 1+1; Dumas 1+0; Kelham 1+0; Ruggles 1+0; Tasker 1+0;
Cooper 0+2; Johnson 0+2; Soderstrom 0+2; Knights 0+1.
Net - Hollyhead 19/1
: Shields 1+0; Hammill 0+1; Jamieson 0+1.
Nets - Raitanen (49’50) 30/5; Whitwell (10’10) 6/0
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