ICE HOCKEY: Blaze Kills Off Giants


 Coventry Blaze took a much-needed victory last night after defeating the Belfast Giants 4-1 on home ice.

Blaze has struggled to pick up any form from the start of this season and as a result are lingering perilously close to the foot of the Elite Ice Hockey League.

However, in this Elite League Conference (Erhardt) match up, their true qualities shone through.

Blaze was forced to go defensive from the get-go with no less than 13 shots attempted by the Giants.

The early resistance from Coventry would be rewarded when Brett Robinson took advantage of the powerplay and presented Coventry with an early and surprising lead.

The start of the middle period saw Blaze waste two glorious powerplay opportunities, Ross Venus however didn’t miss shortly after when presented with his chance, making it 2-0 after a delightful assist from October Player of the Month Liam Stewart.

Garrett Klotz added another to make it 3-0 although Belfast hit back seconds later to finally beat Coventry Goaltender Brain Stewart.

A frustrating day was capped off for Belfast when Coventry scored into an empty net to make it 4-1.

An apparent angry Giants Goaltender, Chris Higgins’ irritation eventually boiled over when he butt-ended with moments remaining receiving a match-penalty.

Blaze take on Manchester Storm this evening with a much-needed victory required to propel them up the table in the Challenege Cup.

Face off is at 5:15 at the Coventry Skydome.


Jack Williams 

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