Devils vs. Blaze Preview (03/09/16)
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze travel to Ice Arena Wales for the first time today to face-off in a pre-season encounter against the Cardiff Devils (7pm face-off).
The two sides met earlier last week on Bank Holiday Monday at the Skydome Arena where a late Andrew Lord goal for the Devils sealed a 3-2 victory for the Devils (highlights).
It was the first time Blaze had lost a game in the final minute of a game on home for five years, when Geleen Eaters won 3-2 at the Skydome with a winning goal at 59.33.
Before that, Blaze had fought back from a goal down to tie things at two through Darcy Zajac whilst Swedish forward Robin Bergman was the other scorer for the home side.
British defenceman Mark Richardson hit the opening goal of the game with Patrick Asselin adding Cardiff's second before Lord's winner.
Former Blaze netminder Tom Murdy was the star of the show putting in an impressive performance as Devils' usual number 1 Ben Bowns watched on from the bench.
Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart wasn't displeased with the performance, citing two bad line changes as costing his side. Captain Jordan Pietrus, who says he is happy with the club's pre-season progress told us yesterday, "The game in Cardiff is another opportunity to get the kinks out, get our systems down, to get in good habits and get our conditioning there, and then Sunday (vs. Nottingham at the Skydome Arena) is to play for keeps and we've got to get a win."
Andrew Lord, Head Coach of the Devils said of Coventry to Ice Time TV (watch here), “They have a really good side, they have some size, some skill and speed, and they are a very well-rounded package. I have to give Danny (Stewart) full credit. He’s done a really good job with recruiting. Matt Marquardt comes to mind, he had a good physical game, he has skill and a good shot. Bergman had a good game too, he definitely has some high calibre skill. They have a pretty well-rounded D-core that like to play physical and in your face and obviously we know what (Brian) Stewart can do when he gets hot, basically single-handedly to teams!”
The game in Cardiff tonight can be streamed live online via Ice Time TV for a price of £8. Blaze TV's own Stu Coles will join John Donovan on commentary.
Blaze are back in action on home ice tomorrow as the Nottingham Panthers travel to the Skydome Arena for the first competitive game of the season, a Challenge Cup encounter with a 5.15pm face-off.
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