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Blaze get league revenge over Hull Stingrays

By Steve Carpenter Monday 12 November 2012 Updated: 13/11 12:51

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REVENGE was sweet for Blaze as they ended another busy weekend on a high after getting the better of Hull Stingrays in the Elite League.

Paul Thompson's side returned to winning ways on Sunday evening by beating Hull 2-1 at home just 24 hours after losing out to the same side 4-2 on the road in the Challenge Cup, a result that proved to be insignificant for both sides who had already qualified for the quarter-final stage of the competition.

Sam Smith fired Blaze ahead in the third minute at the Skydome with his first goal for the club as the hosts continued to put pressure on the top four.

Then followed a much-anticipated clash between Benn Olson, who was sent off for fighting during last week's 8-2 defeat against Belfast Giants, and Stingrays’ Ryan Hand.

Both players received five-minute fighting majors before Blaze took a two-goal advantage.

Thompson praised the impact of Shea Guthrie last week and last year's player of the season continued his impressive run of form by firing the home side 2-0 in front on seven minutes.

The visitors set up a tense finale when Dominic Osman cut the deficit back to one shortly before the half-hour mark.

But Blaze managed to hold on to gain quick revenge over Stingrays and earn their 300th Elite League victory.

"It was an ugly win but we got the two points," said Thompson. "We lacked a bit of energy and were not firing on all cylinders this weekend.

"We went two up early and I would have liked to have got the third goal because it would have killed the game.

"But they got a five-on-three powerplay goal and then it got a bit tense but we managed to see it out.

"I have to give credit to Greg Blais (Stingrays netminder). He made four or five point-blank saves and Hull also defended very well and made it hard for us."

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