Blaze dominant in Steelers victory
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze produced their best performance of the season to date to defeat the Sheffield Steelers 5-1 on home ice.
Despite being "hopeful" of having Garrett Ladd return to the line-up, Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart had to again do without the American forward. Jonas Westerling and Scott Aarssen, as per the night before absent for the Steelers.
Outshooting their opponents 53-32, Sheffield Head Coach Paul Thompson summed it up best saying, "Coventry were the better team from minute 1 to 60."
Former DEL top-scorer Adam Courchaine opened the scoring and his account for the season (6.27) before Marco Vallerand made it two (7.52). The Canadian collecting a feed from Brett Robinson, making a sweet move around Sheffield goalie Ervins Mustukovs and finishing with a celebration to match the high class of the effort.
A prolific scorer in pre-season, Ben Lake next registered his first of the Elite League campaign slotting home a well-executed wrap around for 3-0 (9.36).
With the Skydome crowd buoyant, Thompson called a time-out as the opening period settled with the home side taking a convincing lead to the locker room.
There was just a single goal in the middle twenty minutes, Danick Paquette like Courchaine and Lake before registering his first of the season on the powerplay. The feisty forward going down to one knee and giving the big fist pump as the scoreboard read 4-0 (34.23).
Into the third period and there was a well-deserved goal for Ryan Dingle whilst short-handed (45.26). The Blaze assistant Captain leading the way all night with his tireless work ethic at both ends of the ice.
Sheffield finally got on the board (54.20), John Armstrong breaking Blaze Man of the Match Kevin Nastiuk' shut-out and ending the game 5-1.
Head Coach Danny Stewart
#7 Dax Lauwers
#9 Ben Lake