Blaze push Stars aside on home ice
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze registered a third straight Elite League victory, defeating a short-benched Dundee Stars side by a score of 4-1 at the Skydome Arena.
The Scottish side came into the game missing former Playoff Champions with Blaze, Craig Cescon and Cale Tanaka - American forward Joey Sides and Josh Grieveson away with Great Britain under-20's.
Callum Anderson backed up for the Stars in the absence of Craig Holland. Blaze also having a stand-in deputy goalie, Hull Pirates' Ashley Smith with Renny Marr also on GB under-20's duty. Russ Cowley sitting out too following a hit last Sunday vs. Manchester.
Blaze Man of the Match Kevin Noble scored his second goal of the season in as many weeks at 2.51 for 1-0, the assists going to Shawn Boutin and Ashley Tait.
Captain Jordan Pietrus later exchanged pleasantries with Dundee's Justin Faryna, Blaze's David Clements and Stars' Cameron McGiffin separating from the pack and dropping the gloves at 9.54.
Dutch international Kevin Bruijsten tied things for the Stars at 23.12, the goal orchestrated through the magnificent patience and skill of Vinny Scarsella.
Shortly after the Skydome crowd rose to their feet as Dundee goalie Joe Fallon pulled off a contender for save of the season. Garrett Klotz with a cross-ice pass to Brett Robinson, his shot stopped by Fallon's flashing glove.
Blaze though lead again just past the half-way mark, Ben Davies grabbing his third goal since joining the club assisted by Matt Marquardt and David Clements at 33.23.
Fellow British forward Ross Venus extended the Coventry lead to 3-1 at 45.37, Robin Bergman with the feed, Brett Robinson on his 100th Blaze appearance with the second assist.
Defenceman Josh Godfrey scored the final goal of the night, firing from the blue-line for 4-1 at 51.24, the Canadian's ninth of the year, assisted by Barry Almeida, his sixth straight game with a point and Jordan Pietrus.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said: “I’m happy with another win at home. That’s 5 from our last 6 at home. For the most part I think we were in complete control of the game. We had a lot of possession and shots and some good individual performances. Stewy (Brian Stewart), the few times he was tested made some good stops, and our Brit pack in particular, V (Ross Venus) had a great game, Ben (Davies) too, both had big goals and Clem (David Clements) had a great game.”