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Coventry Blaze 5 Hull Thunder 2

Relentless Coventry Blaze used their confidence to continue their winning streak at the Skydome by grinding Hull Thunder into submission.

From the outset the Blaze looked like the team that were going to make all the moves. They built pressure up on the Hull net, but could not find a way through the tight defence.

Thunder the last team to beat the Blaze in Coventry, then stunned the crown by breaking away to score, and to lead in the first period.

Two moments defined the second period, and with it the match. After Blaze had equalised through Kurt Irvine, they then quickly rasped in a fine goal to take the lead.

Mats Samuelsson hit the puck from long range and it whistled through the crowded centre to fly into the top of the net.

Blaze showed excellent resolution in defence, no more so than when two players were given penalty minutes for fouls.

Despite having five players up against three, Hull could not break through, and they seemed to lose the initiative.

Another quickfire double-whammy in the third period sealed Blaze’s victory. It is a feature of the team’s quick play that they can add to the scoresheet while the details of the previous goal are still being read out.

It fires the crowd, this time just 1,546, and stuns the opposition into submission. Mention must also be made of the defence – Henrik Sjodin not only proving resolute in blocking the shots but also in intercepting crosses well to start attacks.

Blaze : Kelham 1+1; Ruggles 1+1; Samuelsson 1+1; Irvine 1+0; Tasker 1+0; Chapman 0+2; Shewan 0+2; Johnson 0+1; Sjodin 0+1; Soderstrom 0+1.  Net - Sjodin 22/2

Thunder : Lyons 1+0; S.Johnson 1+0; Cooper 0+1; Defty 0+1; Houghton 0+1; A.Johnson 0+1.  Net - Noble 32/5

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CWN / Sport / Ice Hockey / Coventry Blaze / 11 Dec 00
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