Blaze Rebound to Kick Start Cup Campaign
Coventry Blaze rebounded from a 4-1 loss in Cardiff on Saturday, defeating the Devils 3-2 on home ice on Sunday.
The result was an important one for Blaze who needed to kick-start their Challenge Cup campaign after three losses to start the group stage.
Evan Bloodoff’s blast direct from a Mathew Thompson face-off win won the game for the Blaze late and put the valuable two points on the board in Group B.
The night didn’t start well for the Blaze as Stephen Dixon took advantage of a defensive error to give the away side a 0-1 lead just 68 seconds into the game.
Coventry responded well though and got a quick equaliser through defenceman Dane Gibson who combined with Ross Venus before finishing in close.
The Blaze took the lead early into the second period when Ryan Penny scored his first for the club on a delayed penalty at 23.57.
Netminder C.J. Motte was again in fine form for the Blaze and stood strong as the Devils began the third period on the offence.
The American was finally beaten again by Josh Lammon who pulled off a nice move to gain space before finishing neatly at 43.55.
Blaze continued to battle in front of their home crowd and were rewarded with 3.19 to go when Bloodoff fired home Thompson’s face-off win to send the Skydome wild.
The Devils pulled netminder Mac Carruth with three minutes to go chasing an equaliser but two late penalties killed their momentum as the Blaze skated out 3-2 winners.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “It was a bit of a scrappy win but a big one for us. We needed that one. It’s obvious the cup hasn’t been nice to us, but we stressed the importance today and we found a way to grind out the two points.”