Weekend ends in further defeat for Blaze
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze suffered a third defeat over the weekend, falling 2-5 at the Skydome Arena to Patton Conference rivals Manchester Storm.
Having travelled back from Belfast earlier in the day, a weary Blaze side got off to the worst possible start as two quick strikes put them in a 0-2 hole. Matt Stanisz opened the scoring (8.06), Luke Moffatt making it two just seconds later (8.32).
Following a time-out, Danick Paquette dropped the gloves with Storm’s Dallas Ehrhardt, the Blaze man having to leave the game following the scrap with a facial injury.
Things didn’t get any better for Coventry in the second period as Andrew McKinney tapped home a cross-ice pass for 0-3 (22.06). On the powerplay, Scott Pitt made it 0-4 (31.40) before a brief Blaze fight-back came in the third.
Player/Assistant Coach Brett Robinson first beating Mike Clemente with a superb shot (42.43), Assistant Captain Ryan Dingle then cutting the deficit to two on the powerplay (48.19). It was Blaze’s only goal on the man advantage from eight opportunities, the Storm killing the game 2-5 with their second from four tries through Ehrhardt (49.53).
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “We are lacking in confidence and belief. We have let to many games slip and it’s 100% mental. It’s not in our ability or preparation. Most nights we find ourselves out-shooting and out-chancing teams but we keep finding ways to lose games through our belief. We’re not going to let a weekend like this derail us. The only guys that are going to change it are the guys involved in the room. I believe we have a group who care, but who are low in confidence right now and we’re seeing it in spurts of our game and game-to-game.”