Blaze bounce back with Belfast victory
Casino Coventry Blaze bounced back from a Saturday night defeat by beating the Belfast Giants by the same 1-4 score-line at the SSE Arena on Sunday afternoon.
As opposed to the previous night, the early going belonged to Coventry who went ahead through the league’s leading goal-scorer Luke Ferrara who netted his 21st of the regular season at 3.07 on the powerplay.
Blaze man-of-the-match Andrew Johnston then doubled his sides lead on a breakaway, the Canadian beating Stephen Murphy who started in the Belfast goal at 5.44.
At 14.55, former Coventry star Ben Lake produced a nice spin and finish move on the man advantage to make it 1-2.
Following an altercation beginning with Coventry’s Charles Corcoran and Belfast’s Rickard Palmberg, Blaze’s Justin Hamonic and Giants’ Shane Long dropped the gloves at 16.19, the pair exchanging a couple of punches each before falling to the ice.
Shortly after the half-way mark, Johnston doubled his tally for the night, scoring Blaze’s second powerplay goal to give the away side a solid 1-3 lead (32.45).
With a smart re-direct from Dillon Eichstadt’s pass, Matt Pohlkamp made it 1-4 (35.56) and with C.J. Motte shutting the door at the other end, stopping an impressive 44 shots, the Blaze skated away from Belfast with an impressive character victory.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “The two powerplay goals were huge especially after a game like last night where we struggled to create anything. I thought Motte was superb tonight, the times where we needed him to come up big, he did and then some.”