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. 

 
“It certainly is not the best game we have played all season, but it mostly came down to a few key moments that went horribly wrong for us and that was the big difference,” admitted Head Coach Paul Dixon.
 
“The opportunities they scored on were obviously glaring outnumbered situations. Some were a bit of back luck, but on every goal we put Chris in an exceptionally bad spot.”
 
“We did score shorthanded, but we had a number of powerplay opportunities, including a bit of 5 on 3 time, and despite some good looks we didn’t get anything from them, and that hurt us more than anything.”
 
“We had enough chances to score more than a single goal, and you obviously have to get more than 1 to be successful.”
 
“We really came after them in the 3rd and it would have been interesting to see what would have happened had we been able to score early in the period, but we didn’t and now all we can do is look ahead to Wednesday night while we put this one in the rear-view mirror.”
 

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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