Blaze pick up point in Milton Keynes
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze picked up a point on the road in a 5-4 overtime defeat to local rivals Milton Keynes Lightning.
The home side came out of the traps quickly taking a two goal lead through Tommy Mele (6.18) and Gui Doucet (11.22).
Blaze Assistant Captain Ryan Dingle pulled one back following excellent work by Adam Courchaine and Marco Vallerand (12.47) to end the first period 2-1.
On the powerplay, Coventry Man of the Match Danick Paquette tied the game at two (36.07), the only goal in the middle stanza. Blaze going 1-4 with the man advantage, MK 1-5.
The final period saw a flurry of scoring and big opportunities for both sides. Gaelan Patterson (47.27) made it 2-3 Coventry but MK hit straight back through their Man of the Match Kevin King (46.57).
Blaze Captain Jordan Pietrus, scoring for the third away game running thought he'd snatched the two points for his side making it 3-4 at 55.52.
Kevin King though, who has been a thorn in the side of Coventry all season beat Kevin Nastiuk for the second time just 7 seconds later (54.59) to tie things again 4-4 after 60 minutes.
With 52 shots in total, compared to 37 from their opponents, Blaze might have felt hard done by as offensive defenceman Paul Phillips won the game 5-4 for Milton Keynes (63.33) in the 3-on-3 sudden death overtime period.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "We were a bit slow out of the gates tonight and Nasti made a couple of good saves early. I thought we got better as the game went on and had lots of zone time. We went up twice in the third period and gave one back the next shift. We have to be smarter in those situations and not force plays at that point in the game. It's disappointing to lose but a point earned and we have to bounce back and put in a good performance at home tomorrow night!"