Pietrus & Robinson on fire in victory over Flames
Captain Jordan Pietrus and player/Assistant Coach Brett Robinson each had four points on a night where Alex Miner Barron's game-winner gave the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze an important 5-4 overtime victory vs. Guildford Flames at the Skydome Arena.
With British forward Luke Ferrara and Canadian Adam Courchaine back in the line-up, the home side started well with the influential Robinson opening the scoring on 3.57.
Flames' Man of the Match, Carl Ackered levelled the score (6.11) on the powerplay, the first of two for the Swedish defenceman.
Pietrus' first of a couple came at 11.41, the Blaze Captain beating former teammate Brian Stewart in the Guildford goal inside near post, the goalie protesting that his net was dislodged allowing the effort to find the back of the net. Following a video review, the goal was given and Coventry again lead 2-1.
On a 2-on-1 break, British forward Ross Venus put the puck on a plate for Canadian Danick Paquette who fired home (17.08), sending the home side to the locker room with a 3-1 advantage after twenty minutes.
Ben Campbell was the only scorer in a feisty second period for the Flames (34.27), leading to a nail-biting third and eventual overtime period.
Pietrus' second made it 4-2 early (40.52) on the powerplay, Blaze going 1/6 and Flames 2/5.
That second marker with the man advantage came for Guildford and Ackered at 42.52, the Swede with a clinical finish at the back-door making it a 4-3 game.
The score was tied on 47.11, Kevin Phillips throwing a speculative puck on net from the blue-line, eluding Blaze goalie Kevin Nastiuk for 4-4.
With news coming in that 8th placed Braehead Clan had been beaten by Dundee Stars (10th), following a time-out, the playoff chasing Coventry (8th) settled to take a point after regulation time (4-4).
Despite failing to capitalise on powerplay time to end the game, and begin overtime, Blaze found a way to take the all-important second point. Miner Barron beating Stewart with a relatively weak effort from the blue-line, the assists going to Coventry Man of the Match Pietrus and Robinson to equal the 4 points each.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "It was a massive two points. I thought the first period was one of the best of our year. We need to find a way to get more of a killer instinct though, our powerplay wasn't good tonight and we could have put them away. They are a good hockey club and keep coming, but we steadied the ship and found a way to win. We're in a good position now being just 2 points behind Braehead with a lot of hockey to play."