FEB 01] COVENTRY BLAZE REPORT
Milton Keynes Kings 3
Blaze won the Planet Ice Shield in some style last night as captain
Steve Chartrand showed off his mesmerising influence.
rained in during a dominant first period to put the game beyond the
Milton Keynes Kings.
Twaite pushed an easy shot in from Cooper’s past, Claude Dumas
scored the first of three goals with a wriggling run through Kings'
after shot followed on the Kings goal in what was an open game. A
sequences of “oohs” from the crowd erupted into cheers when the
best attacking line of the night got into gear.
was Chartrand’s vision that set the third goal up. As he and Dumas
broke away together he could see Yardley in acres of space to his
well-timed pass and a confident shot from the youngster took the
score to 3-0, and seconds later the same three players combined in
the same order for another goal.
the game been tighter, Henrik Sjodin would have been
man-of-the-match. Kings kept attacking and he pulled off a series of
excellent saves to stop them closing in.
such save, forced after Ruggles lost the puck, followed by a swift
clearance, led to the fifth goal as the Blaze picked up momentum
front of a crowded goal Soderstrom saw the puck going behind him and
in one movement swivelled and shot to make it 5-0 at the end of the
game slowed down after that, and Kings scored the best goal of the
night with a mazy individual effort from Mike Breadmore.
scored during a powerplay, again with Chartrand playing a role, and
the most popular goal of the evening soon followed, when the captain
was Chartrand’s first since returning from injury. While he was
absent Coventry lost league position and went out of the ntl cup –
perhaps his return will lead to better fortunes in what will be a
tough play-off group.
stabbed the eighth in, and Poole pulled scored the first of two late
consolations for Kings before blood was spilled on the ice as Coutes
and Irvine had a violent disagreement.
Blaze’s Irvine got called for the original foul, Coutts seemed to
start the fighting, and came off much the worse as he had to be
taken to the changing room for treatment.
crowd loved it, and knowing they had won, the players seemed
relaxed, with Ruggles showing his dancing skills from the penalty
arrived late at the left post to score goal nine, and Dumas
completed his hat trick and made sure Coventry earned their first
trophy since their move from Solihull.
players get a break on Saturday, when they join the supporters for
bowling at the Forum in Coventry, before finishing the BNL programme
at Hull on Sunday.
the season starts to get really serious.
on goal: 39-33
Dumas 3+3; Yardley 2+1; Chartrand 1+6; Cooper 1+2; Eley 1+1;
Soderstrom 1+1; Twaite 1+0; Kelham 0+1; Johnson 0+1; Shewan 0+1;
Watkins 0+1. Net -
Poole 2+0; Breadmore 1+0; Coutts 0+1; Higdon 0+1; Long 0+1; Smillie
0+1. Net - Spells 39/10