Blaze deliver 3-2 defeat to Flames
1st period Goals by Brett Ferguson and Ben Campbell were the Flames only offensive markers, and a late 2nd period Blaze offering was the difference during a 3-2 defeat at Coventry on Sunday night. Gaelan Patterson opened the scoring at 12:06, but the lead was short-lived when Ferguson came right back and pulled the Flames even 54 seconds later. Ryan Dingle looked like he may have put the home team in front for the 1st break when he scored inside the period’s final 2 minutes, but another quick Flames response, Campbell beating the buzzer by 13 seconds, ensured the teams were square at 2 each to start the 2nd. Blaze did have the lead through 40th minutes thanks to Dingle’s 2nd which turned out to be the winner and the final goal of the evening at 34:25 before the teams skated through the final session, including a stretch with Brian Stewart on the bench in exchange for an extra attacker, without change to the final count.
“That was a pretty even game, and Coventry got just the offence they needed, whereas our 2 goals is not going to be enough to win on most nights,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“Blaze are looking for that final playoff spot. They played exactly like a team that is fully aware of that and they very successfully minimized our chances.”
“The good thing about the weekend is we are getting repetition in the way things are likely to be in the final weeks and in the playoffs.”
“There are going to be some tight games, and we are going to have to work out ways to be on the good side of edging it out.”
“We have now nearly wrapped up our travel schedule for the regular season, and we are looking forward to a stretch on home ice beginning Wednesday night when Milton Keynes Lightning stop in.”
“Hopefully the upcoming 5 game home stand will come with a few results and a good dose of confidence ahead of the Playoff Quarter Final.”