Blaze bounce back with Dingle hattrick
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze bounced back from defeat the night before to take a 6-4 home victory over the Milton Keynes Lightning at the Skydome Arena.
Both sides came into the encounter short on bodies, Blaze again missing Marco Vallerand and Vojtech Kloz who received a three game suspension for kneeing on MK's Kyle Essery, also absent through injury. The away side adding Tommy Mele who fought Kloz following the collision and influential defenceman Paul Phillips to the missing list.
Adam Courchaine opened the scoring in the first period (14.31) before Lightning Man of the Match Denny Kearney levelled on the powerplay (19.39).
As per much of the game, the second was dominated by minor penalties dished out by referees Dean Smith and Stefan Hogarth.
Overall, Blaze were to go 3/6 on the man advantage, MK 3/9. The first Coventry powerplay goal coming from Man of the Match and hattrick hero Ryan Dingle (26.01). The American then making it 3-1 (32.03) again with the extra skater.
As the second period came to a close, the away side again registered in the closing seconds (39.40), Christian Isackson scoring on the powerplay for 3-2.
In game 501 for Coventry, British forward Ross Venus followed up on a rebounded effort by Luke Ferrara to make it 4-2 (41.54).
Milton Keynes refused to go away though with Carl Hudson, on the powerplay ripping a shot past Blaze's December 2017 Player of the Month Kevin Nastiuk for 4-3 (47.08).
The hattrick strike and eventual game-winning-goal came for Coventry Man of the Match Dingle at 50.45, again with the additional man.
Danick Paquette with his fourth point of the night made it 6-3 (54.04), beating Miika Wiikman one-one-one, Blaze goalie Kevin Nastiuk registering a rare assist on the effort.
Cheered on by their enthusiastic travelling fans, MK registered a consolation at 56.38 through Ben Foster for a final score of 6-4.