GENTING Casino Coventry Blaze secured an important 3-2 win against the Cardiff Devils on Sunday having suffered a 4-1 defeat to the same opponents the previous day in the Challenge Cup.
Dane Gibson, Ryan Penny and Evan Bloodoff were all on target as the Blaze finally registered their first win in the competition having lost their opening three matches.
Despite taking the two points, Coventry are still rooted to the bottom of the group with Cardiff and Guildford Flames on six and five points respectively.
The Blaze fell behind after just 74 seconds when Cardiff took advantage of a defensive error which allowed Stephen Dixon to put the visitors in front.
However, Coventry found a quickfire equaliser through Gibson on 2mins 56secs after he combined with Ross Venus before finishing from close range.
The home side then went ahead early in the second period when Penny scored his first goal for the Blaze on a delayed penalty at 23mins 57secs.
Goaltender CJ Motte was in fine form once again at the Skydome Arena but he could not prevent Josh Lammon from levelling the game up on 43mins 55secs.
Coventry clinched the win with just 3mins 19secs left to play when Bloodoff fired home directly from Matthew Thompson’s face-off to send the Skydome into raptures.
Head Coach Danny Stewart admitted his side simply had to win the game for the sake of their cup campaign.
Stewart said: “It was a bit of a scrappy win but a big one for us, we needed that one.
“It’s obvious the cup hasn’t been nice to us, but we stressed the importance today and we found a way to grind out the two points.”
The Blaze return to Elite League action against Belfast Giants this Sunday, October 17 at the Skydome Arena with the face-off at 6pm.
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