Mixed fortunes for Blaze in league and cup - The Coventry Observer

Mixed fortunes for Blaze in league and cup

Coventry Editorial 6th Oct, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

IT PROVED to be a mixed weekend for Blaze after they tasted another defeat in the Challenge Cup but bounced back to winning ways in the League.

The weekend got underway at Nottingham Panthers on Friday evening where Blaze suffered their third defeat in the cup competition.

Goals from Chris Lawrence and Greg Jacina saw the holders take a two-goal first-period lead before British defenceman James Griffin cut the deficit.

But despite calling a time-out and pulling netminder Brian Stewart, Blaze could not find a game-tying goal.




“That is the prime example why you have to play for 60 minutes in this league,” said LeFebvre.

“Teams are too good, there is too much parity in this league. We just got out-worked, we did not show up in the first period and I am very disappointed.


“We could not get out of our zone for the first 15 minutes, we came back in the second and third periods but that is two points dropped.”

LeFebvre was unhappy with the performance inside the National Ice Centre on Friday and demanded a response from his players on Sunday which he got when Blaze overcame Braehead Clan 3-2 at the Skydome in the Elite League.

Jereme Tendler gave Blaze a flying start by scoring after just 73 seconds and Derek Lee doubled their lead before Derek Roehl halved the deficit but Tender’s second of the night restored Blaze’s two-goal cushion.

Roehl netted again seven minutes from time but the hosts saw the game out to claim their first win in four attempts.

LeFebvre added: “I was proud of the guys for the way they responded. I was looking for a response and they found a way to grind out two big league points.

“We came out hard, they had a long trip and we wanted to get a jump on them. Overall it was a great effort.”

On Tendler’s purple patch, LeFebvre added: “That can only be a positive and it was good to see him get a couple of goals.

“We had different lines to try and get some people going and it worked for the most part.”

Man of the match Ross Venus had a great game full of energy against Braehaed Clan. (s) Photo by Scott Wiggins

Support community journalism by making a contribution.

The Coventry Observer's team of journalists provide a trusted source news, sport, entertainment and events going on in your area and issues which matter to you - both via our free weekly print edition and daily updates on our website.

Every contribution, however big or small, you can make will help us continue to do that now and in the future.

Thanks for reading this and the Coventry Observer.

Are you on Facebook?

Like or follow our Facebook page - facebook.com/CovObserver to get daily news updates straight to your news feed.

Recruitment

Find a career you'll love with our free career finder website.

Reader Travel

Check out all of the latest reader travel offers to get your hands on some free gifts.

Announcements

Weddings, Birthdays, Bereavements, Thank you notices, Marriages and more.

Advertising

Advertise with the Coventry Observer to reach your audience