Match report

King double defeats Blaze

MK 4
Blaze 3

Despite a fight back from three goals down, the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze fell to a 4-3 defeat to Milton Keynes Lightning in pre-season action.

Danny Stewart's men travelled to their local rivals with defenceman Kebin Noble back in the line-up, in addition to new signing Vojtech Kloz and British pair Scott Robson and Nathan Salem, guesting from the NIHL's Peterborough Phantoms.

The game's first big moment came with Blaze Player/Assistant Coach Brett Robinson ringing the post of Polish International netminder Przemyslaw Odrobny whilst short-handed in the opening minutes.

Kevin King, later the overtime hero then opened the scoring at 14.50, converting on the powerplay.

Straight out of the NCAA, Ben Foster then doubled the home sides advantage on 21.26.

Former Elite League Challenge Cup Champion with Cardiff Devils, Carl Hudson soon made it three (23.59), again on the powerplay.

Robinson, who was earlier denied by iron got Blaze on the board at 36.09, scoring into an empty net with Odrobny taken out of position.

With just 15 seconds remaining in the second period, after much pressure, Gaelan Patterson registered his first in Blaze colours to end the second period 3-2.

Both teams changed their goalies to open the third period, Brython Preece particularly impressing in the Coventry goal after replacing Kevin Nastiuk.

The game was tied with 5.18 to go, Marco Vallerand the scorer, celebrating in front of a jubilant healthy away Blaze support.

Into overtime the game went, Blaze Man of the Match Garrett Ladd having the first big opportunity one-one-one, denied by Jordan Hedley.

With 2.10 remaining in the additional period, a cross-ice pass was converted by King, winning the game 4-3 for the home side. 

Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "It was another good workout. We were a bit slow out of the gates, but once we found some energy from that first goal, I thought we played well after that. We used everyone tonight as much as we could. It's important not to overuse guys this time of year. I also liked how we've battled back in both games so far after getting down early. There's some good early signs and now we just look to get better tomorrow."