Important road win for Blaze in Manchester
Casino Coventry picked up an important road win defeating the Manchester Storm 3-4 in Altrincham on Saturday night.
The victory keeps the Storm (9th) four points behind the Blaze (7th) with the game also seeing a welcome return to action for Coventry defenceman David Clements and forward Janne Laakkonen.
It didn’t start so well for the travelling side though as Mathieu Gagnon opened the scoring at 8.48, resulting in the Storm fans throwing teddy bears onto the ice in aid of charity.
It took a while for the Blaze to beat Matt Ginn in the Storm net, and it came fortuitously as a defensive breakdown involving the Manchester goalie saw David Broll score into an empty net at 31.57.
The game then caught fire with Adam Hughesman putting the home team ahead again at 33.48.
Coventry were quickly level on 34.50 as the returning Laakkonen finished superbly to make it 2-2, Clements also back following several weeks out grabbing an assist.
The Blaze took a lead at 36.37 through man-of-the-match Charles Corcoran on the powerplay, and it was one they weren’t going to give up as the American registered again at 49.22 for 2-4.
With Ginn pulled from his net for the extra skater, the Storm managed to get within one as Critchlow scored but with just 9 seconds remaining there wasn’t enough time for them to find the equaliser as the Blaze skated away with a welcome 3-4 victory and a crucial two points.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “It was a big win for us. It’s never easy coming into this rink but I thought we competed better than we have all year. Before the game we said 5-on-5 we’re confident against this team and we had to concentrate on winning the special team battles and I believe we did that tonight.”