MAR 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Blow Doesn't Dent Blaze Hopes
fired-up Coventry Blaze are preparing to overcome injury problems to
take on the champions Guildford in their own back yard tomorrow.
Samuelsson has been ruled out of the entire play-off tournament
because of a broken hand, and the club have been further rocked by
the news that Marc Twaite may have suffered a cruciate ligament
means that the two youngest players in the squad, Rob Eley and Shaun
Yardley will be called into action at the toughest time of the
they were both told by coach Paul Thompson that he is looking to
them to rise to the challenge facing them.
had a meeting with them yesterday and told them that they would
both be taking part. Both players have improved dramatically this
year and this is their chance to show me what they can do.
has suffered a bit of stiffness and we think it might be a
cruciate problem. We’re getting a second opinion on that before
we can say how serious it is.
seems that when we get to a crucial period we lose a couple of
players through injury.”
despite the set-back, Thompson is confident of over-turning all the
sides in the group, even though none of them will provide an easy
first game is away to BNL champions Guildford Flames, who have been
on a huge run of good form.
no reason why we should be intimidated. They’ve done at the end
of the season what we did at the beginning. We lost the league
when we lost three home matches in ten days when Steve Chartrand
is back to 90 per cent fitness now. He can add so much to a team.
He controls the game, he’s very strong on the puck, but he
brings so much more to the team than just his skills.”
the talismanic captain back to marshall events on the ice, the other
area where Thompson is looking for a match-winning performance is
between the pipes, and Barry Hollyhead had been picked to start in
goal for the Blaze.
had an excellent last third of last season and we made it to the
semi-finals, and I’m looking to him to repeat that.
have to refocus for the play-offs. In North America the league
doesn’t count for much and the play-offs are much more
been working on tactics. We know the strengths and weaknesses of
the other teams we’ll be playing, and they know ours.
it’s a new league now and there’s no reason why we can’t
first team to visit the Skydome in the play-offs will be
Peterborough, on Sunday, who play an aggressive game and were
involved in several fights in their last trip to Coventry.
for the clash are still available, but it is expected to be a
sell-out, and the atmosphere plays a vital role in firing up the
fans have been absolutely fantastic. We’ve had excellent away
support and now it’s getting louder in the Skydome.
want to biggest crowd ever. The noise is worth a goal to us when
the players skate out onto the ice and hear all that cheering.”
players have added to the sense of occasion by growing beards for
the play-offs – a tradition that comes from North America when so
many games were played the team didn’t have time to shave.
players tend to have a bit of growth on their faces to stop the
sweat stinging, and it’s become a tradition to grow a beard for
I’m not sure that all of our players are capable of growing a
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