Flames drop 5-2 game at Coventry
An early Flames goal had them in the lead at Coventry, but it would be the only lead they would hold as Blaze went on to bag 5 of their own the rest of the way to secure a 5-2 win over the Flames in the final Challenge Cup group round match. It was Ian Watters who had the visitors in front 7 minutes in, but the Blaze closed the period with a 2-1 lead thanks to a shorthanded strike by Marc-Olivier Vallerand and a follow up marker by Jordan Pietrus in the back half of the frame. A scoreless middle set ensured that slim difference remained on the board to start the 3rd, but Coventry extended their advantage at 48:05 with Vallerand’s 2nd of the contest, this one on a powerplay. Pietrus earned his 2nd at 53:19 then completed the Hat Trick inside the last 5 minutes before Liam Stewart bookended the scoring with his club’s 2nd 72 seconds from close.
“The winning side tonight, definitely deserved to be the winners,” said Paul Dixon. “They definitely had the better of the territorial play, the shots and the better opportunities to put up offence so all we can do try to be better tomorrow.”
“Even though the game had little impact on the final Cup standings, we certainly were looking for more from the evening, so we are not happy with how it turned out.”
“At the same time we can change none of that game now and the important thing is to put this behind us quickly and start looking at tomorrow when a fast, skilled Fife Flyers will be in Spectrum.”
“We need to be prepared to try to dictate play a bit more to suit our game and see if we can put in a good effort that stands a much better chance to get a result.”