Coventry Blaze boss Danny Stewart left disappointed after Fife Flyers defeat - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022

Coventry Blaze boss Danny Stewart left disappointed after Fife Flyers defeat

ICE HOCKEY: BLAZE coach Danny Stewart could not hide his disappointment after watching his side lose out to Fife Flyers in overtime at the Skydome Arena on Sunday night.

Despite fighting back from two goals down to take a point, the Blaze were left disappointed to lose 4-3 in overtime.

It all started so well for the hosts with Ross Venus celebrating his Team GB call-up by scoring the opening goal in the 14th minutes.

The Flyers hit-back early in the second period with captain Ryan Dingle beating Brian Stewart to tie the game and another short-handed marker by Dingle gave his side a 2-1 lead with 40 minutes played.

Carlo Finucci have the visitors a 3-1 lead before Blaze fought back and forced overtime thanks to goals from Brett Robinson, who beat Shane Owen on the powerplay, and with less than ten minutes remaining defenceman Shawn Boutin tied the game at 3-3.

With just under a minute of 4-on-3 powerplay time in the extra period, Blaze pushed for the game winner, but was not to be though as Finucci, similar to his first marker, broke with speed and beat Stewart to win the game for the visitors.

“I’m really disappointed,” said Blaze head coach Stewart. “More than several guys for whatever reason didn’t show up.

“We were very lucky to get a point and we have Brian Stewart to thank for that.

“We showed how we can play the last 12 or 13 minutes of the third, but that second period and start of the third, we come out and pretty much give up two short-handed goals and that’s the game right there.

“Credit to Fife they played a heck of a game and they deserved the two points.”

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