MAR 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Face Battle To Stay In Play-Offs
Coventry Blaze face a tense weekend knowing that their season’s
fate is in the hands of others but they must still play well against
Peterborough get two points from their matches against Guildford
Flames, Coventry’s season is over, even if they go with form and
win twice against the Kings in the play-offs.
week’s last-gasp defeat at Peterborough and home set-back against
Guildford has left the team in this situation.
a position coach Paul Thompson is not happy with as he tries to
re-focus his depleted squad, which will be sees team fighter Kurt
Irvine join Marc Twaite and Mats Samuelsson on the injured list.
felt that the effort we put in was fine, but we let some goals in
that we shouldn’t have. Everyone knows what we have got to do,
and if we can’t beat Milton Keynes then we don’t deserve to
get into the semi-finals.”
goal-keeping problem has been the thorn in the Blaze’s side this
season. The team can out-shoot any of the opposition, but often find
their shots are saved while goals are going in too easily at the
Hollyhead will be back in goal for Saturday’s game at the Kings,
hoping to last longer than his last appearance, when he was pulled
after letting in several poor goals against Guildford.
not going to be an easy game against Milton Keynes. They are our
local rivals and they will want to put us out.”
threat Milton Keynes don’t pose as much as Guildford or
Peterborough is a physical one, and the Blaze’s lack of ability to
stand up to bigger teams has been another difficulty.
are the only team that intimidates us. Peterborough are big, but
they don’t frighten anybody.
need more size next season. Last season Fife won with a good
skating side and I’ve tried to follow that, but the referees
haven’t played it that way.”
it seems, is never far away, and captain Steve Chartrand’s
dismissal at Peterborough last week was a case in point.
Jamieson should be playing in Serie A. He’s a cheat. He’s been
diving all over the place to get someone sent from the ice.”
has never been sent from the ice before in 28 years of playing and
he shouldn’t have gone then.”
it or not, though, Peterborough won, and Thompson’s side, volubly
backed by the travelling Blaze fans, must now concentrate on Milton
suggest that Guildford are set to rest Mark McArthur and give their
resevere net-minder a game against Peterborough – making the
Pirates’ task a lot easier.
a claim that Paul Thompson hopes isn’t true:
not used their number two all season. Why would they want to do it
now? Guildford haven’t been beaten this year and they will want
to keep the winning streak going.
they scared of playing us again or something?”