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Coventry Blaze 7
Milton Keynes Kings 4

It was a well-attended wake, sombre yet jolly as Coventry Blaze handed out an end-of-season beating to their local rivals.

In play-off terms the match was dead, and so, it seemed were most of the crowd as the Skydome faithful sat and pondered where the season had gone.

After a blistering start to their first year in their new home, the Blaze wobbled in January and never really got back on track.

But determined to prove that they could still turn it on, they came out of the blocks like greyhounds, and started rattling in goals.

The BNL player of the season, influential captain Steve Chartrand, who has signed a new contract with the team, started the rout after just a minute, swivelling and shooting while unmarked in front of goal.

Kings weren’t to be outdone, and pulled the scores level with a slick move, Poole being given space to fire past Barry Hollyhead.

Chartrand crossed from the right for Dumas to score the first of an eventual hat trick, before Tasker and Knights made goals for each other seconds apart.

The young players Eley and Yardley were given more ice time, and had a few good efforts, but the line of Chartrand, Dumas and Kelham was proving dominant.

The partnership was fractured when Kelham went off injured, but Dumas scored while unmarked, being supplied by the ever-resourceful Chartrand.

Goal celebrations apart, the crowd were moribund, and stayed that way for the second period as almost nothing happened.

The referee dished out minor penalties, mostly to James Pease, for a series of innocuous offences, to try and keep the interest going, but the biggest cheer came when Kings netminder Craig Lindsay left the ice to take the final bow of a fine career on ice.

Kings then decided to make a game of it, and Randall picked up a rebound from a hot that glanced off Sjodin’s stick to bring the score back to 5-2.

Shewan scored Coventry’s sixth on 45 minutes after Chartrand rounded several players but couldn’t quite squeeze the shot in himself, but the team couldn’t really be bothered to celebrate.

Chartrand was then tripped but fed the puck to Johnson, who put Dumas through for his third and Coventry’s seventh before a late Milton Keynes rally saw two goals by Mike Breadmore.

The Planet Ice Shield was awarded to the team at the end, and now the re-building process begins as Paul Thompson sets about securing a squad for next season.

Period scores: 5-1/0-1/2-2

Penalty minutes: 12-8

Shots on goal: 37-32

Attendance: 1924

Referee: Simon Kirkham

Blaze: Dumas 3+2; Chartrand 1+4; Knights 1+1; Shewan 1+1; Tasker 1+1; Johnson 0+2; Soderstrom 0+1.  Nets - Hollyhead (31’26) 17/1; Sjodin (28’34) 15/3

Kings: Breadmore 2+1; Randall 1+2; Poole 1+0; Long 0+2; Coutts 0+1; Smillie 0+1.  Nets - Lindsay (31’26) 25/5; Spells (28’34) 12/2


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CWN / Sport / Ice Hockey / Coventry Blaze / 18 Mar 01
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