Match report

Five in a row for Blaze

Blaze 6
v
Panthers 1

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze boosted their hopes of qualifying for the Elite League play-offs with a 6-1 victory over Nottingham Panthers at the Skydome.

Blaze welcomed forward Cale Tanaka back into the line-up with defenceman James Isaacs sitting out.

Captain Ashley Tait also moved second on the all-time appearance list for Blaze in all EIHL competitions with 423.

Drew Fisher's short-handed breakaway marker at 8.42 separated the sides at the end of the first period.    

Brenden Walker then scored twice inside 96 seconds (21.10 powerplay & 22.46) at the start of the second session to put Blaze in the driving seat.

Jordan Pietrus added a fourth at 35.49 which signalled the end of Panthers goaltender Miika Wiikman, who was replaced by Dan Green.

Brett Robinson stretched his point-scoring streak to six games, scoring for the fourth straight match, at 48.07 before Kevin Noble and Cam Janssen dropped the gloves.

Chris Bruton made it 6-0 at 51.08 but Blaze goaltender Brian Stewart was denied a shut-out by Evan Mosey with 71 seconds remaining.

It was Blaze's fifth successive win and moved them into seventh place, five points clear of ninth-placed Manchester Storm.  

"I thought it was very professional. We stayed out of the box which was key. What I loved about this group was the pride they showed in the goals against. They were genuinely heartbroken that they gave up that goal late. That's a huge sign for the level of professionalism and level of commitment to playoff style hockey which we showed tonight." - Head Coach, Chuck Weber

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"I think we are coming together and getting some scoring. We are playing pretty tight defensively too. That game was pretty fun." - #57 Chris Bruton

"It just gives us more confidence and more momentum going into the playoffs." - #20 Drew Fisher