Blaze unable to execute Steelers before Christmas
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze were beaten by the Sheffield Steelers for the second time in as many nights in their final game before Christmas.
Despite Blaze having a total of nine powerplay opportunities and outshooting their opponents 35 to 33, Blaze were defeated by a score of 1-3 with Head Coach Danny Stewart pinning the result on his sides failure to execute.
Blaze welcomed back David Clements following illness, but were again without Canadian defenceman Marc Cantin. The Steelers absent forward Jesse Schultz again.
The first period began as a continuation of the night before in Sheffield. Despite Blaze working hard in the early going it was Colton Fretter who opened the scoring for the Yorkshire side on the powerplay at 12.19, assisted by Mathieu Roy.
As per Wednesday night, Fretter then turned provider for Roy doubling the away teams advantage at 19.45.
There was no scoring in the middle period, Blaze coming the closest with Brett Robinson failing to capitalise on a gaping net.
Coventry continued to throw shots on Sheffield Man of the Match Ervins Mustukovs early in the third but the Latvian stood strong.
Looking for the elusive first goal, Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart pulled his goalie Brian Stewart with just under three minutes remaining, but it was the influential Levi Nelson netting to make it 0-3 Steelers at 58.05.
The goal did eventually come for Coventry in their festive Christmas jerseys, Barry Almeida beating Mustukovs on his sides ninth powerplay opportunity at 59.34 for a final score of 1-3.
Danny Stewart said post-game: “I thought we played a hockey game where we played well enough to get a result, but we just couldn’t get that goal. We had some great looks and just couldn’t bury our chances. We had those three consecutive powerplays in the final period and we just didn’t execute and the game fell away.”
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