Match report

Iles and extended Fife powerplay defeats Blaze

Flyers 2
Blaze 0

The Fife Flyers picked up two points over the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze at the Fife Ice Arena following extended powerplay time in the middle period leading to the two game winning goals.

Fife goalie Andy Iles, with a Man of the Match performance turned away 43 shots to keep the Blaze at bay.

Both sides went into the Elite League fixture without a number of key players, Garrett Ladd and Brett Robinson missing for Blaze, Sean Beattie, Shayne Stockton and Chase Schaber absent for Fife.

Danick Paquette returned to the Coventry bench, later becoming a centrepiece in the game and result.

No scoring occurred in the opening twenty minutes, with the major incident of the game coming late in the middle period. Blaze's Paquette picking up a 2+2+Match penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after an altercation on and off the ice with the penalty box attendant.

Coventry's David Clements and Fife's Russ Moyer also collecting five each for fighting at the same time, 36.19.

The home side came out of the melee with a full seven minute powerplay of which they made pay twice. Danick Gauthier at 36.52 and Liam Heelis 41.09 making it 2-0 before Blaze finally made it back to full strength.

Despite pulling goalie Kevin Nastiuk late in the game, Coventry were unable to find a way past Iles falling to a 2-0 defeat, their fifth in a row in Kirkcaldy.

Head Coach Danny Steward said, "We did everything but score tonight. We made a couple of mistakes early and 'Nasti' came up big, but I really thought we dominated from there on. Credit to the Fife goalie as he played a blinder. I won't comment on anything else."