Blaze “deserved better” says Stewart after Flames loss

Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart believes his side “deserved better” after a 4-2 Challenge Cup defeat to Guildford Flames at the Spectrum on Saturday night.


It was the home side who opened the scoring on 7.55 with Owen Griffiths registering his first of two following a feed from the ever-dangerous John Dunbar.


With a highlight feel finish, Blaze’s Charles Corcoran tied things on 23.17 before the American linked with Finn Janne Laakkonnen to turn provider for Justin Hamonic who made it 1-2 at 31.18.


That was as good as it got for Coventry as mistakes proved costly. Straight from the penalty-box Calle Ackered led an odd-man rush, finding Cam Braes who made no mistake for 2-2 right before the end of the second period (39.30).


With his second on the night, Griffiths took advantage of a defensive breakdown by Coventry to make it 3-2 at 45.30.


With Jamie Phillips pulled from the Blaze net for the extra skater, Brett Ferguson fired home to complete the 4-2 Guildford victory (59.44).


Stewart reflected after the game, “I think we deserved better. I felt the second was one of our best periods of the season. Credit to their goalie, he made some good stops, but I think we should have come out of that period with a lead, we just had a switch off moment at the end. We made 3 mistakes tonight and they all ended up in the back of our net.”


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