Blaze Deliver defeat to Flames
A couple of unanswered Coventry Blaze goals in the 2nd period preceded an exchange of strikes in the final set as the visitors handed the Flames a 3-1 defeat on Spectrum ice. In the opening frame, the contestants shared 25 shots, slightly favouring the home team, but not one crossed the line as 20 minutes closed on a scoreless draw. The first goal came just over 3 minutes into the 2nd when a stretch of 4 on 4 play resulted in a Blaze 2 on 1 where Luke Ferrara opted for the shot, and that found a path to the net. Later, a fortuitous turnover opened up a rare half ice 2 on 0 and one pass on that was all that was needed for Jordan Pietrus and Blaze to beat a stranded Chris Carrozzi to take a 2 goal lead into the 3rd. About 10 minutes from close, an innocuous looking Blaze clearance through centre ice bounced its way behind everyone, and an initial save on a breakaway was eventually jammed in on follow up by Adam Courchaine to all but put the game out of reach at 3-0. Inside the last 4 minutes, while killing a penalty, Kevin Phillips tapped a John Dunbar feed into the net to break up the Kevin Nastiuk shutout bit, but that would be the only offence of the night in the loss.