ICE HOCKEY - Blaze run ended by Stars in mixed weekend - The Coventry Observer

ICE HOCKEY - Blaze run ended by Stars in mixed weekend

Coventry Editorial 21st Mar, 2023   0

COVENTRY Blaze saw their five-game winning run come to an end at home to Dundee Stars before they won the return fixture in Scotland.

Blaze were beaten 5-3 at the Skydome Arena before they exacted revenge on the road with a 6-3 win at Dundee Ice Arena.

The results mean Blaze remain fifth in the Elite League table.

Coventry were made to pay for a slow start on home ice as Dundee raced into a four-goal lead just past the 20-minute mark.

Philippe Sanche scored the only goal of the first period at 7.39 following a strange bounce and went on to complete his hat-trick with further goals at 20.24 and 22.16.

And Benjamin Sokay added a fourth at 22.43, after Blaze coach Danny Stewart had called a time-out, with netminder Miklos Rajna replaced by Paavo Holsa.

Blaze responded through Johnny Curran at 23.21 and further reduced the deficit when JD Dudek found the net at 38.38.

Dundee ended Coventry’s hopes of a comeback when Toms Rutkis struck at 54.06 before Curran scored a consolation at 55.12 as he tipped home Nate Halbert’s initial shot.

However, Blaze avenged their defeat the following night as Peyton Frantti ensured the visitors made the perfect start with the opening goal at 2.46.

Dundee equalised through Drydn Dow at 10.16 only for Mitch Cook to restore Coventry’s lead at 13.17 and Sanche to net a second leveller for Stars at 18.53.

The back and forth contest continued when Alex Forbes scored his first of the regular season at 28.54 only for Dundee to restore parity for a third time when Carter Folk netted at 30.16.

Coventry took control of the game in the second period as Tyler Kirkup scored his fourth goal in seven games at 32.39 before Curran extended Coventry’s lead at 38.37 and Cook’s second of the game sealed the win at 43.55.

Blaze are next in action at home to Guildford Flames on Wednesday, March 22 with the face-off at 7.30pm at the Skydome.

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