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Blaze taste back-to-back defeats

Blaze taste back-to-back defeats Blaze taste back-to-back defeats
Updated: 4:52 pm, May 07, 2015

BLAZE tasted back-to-back defeats for the second time this season in both the Challenge Cup and the Elite League.

A 3-1 defeat at Sheffield Steelers on Saturday in the cup was followed up by the scoreline as Marc LeFebvre’s side dropped points in both the league and cup.

Colton Fretter put Steelers ahead on Saturday only for Derek Lee to level 55 seconds later.

Gord Baldwin restored Sheffield’s lead and Tyler Mosienko made it 3-1 with a penalty shot .

The defeat leaves Blaze second from bottom in Group B.

“I am disappointed we did not get the two points but we need to start finding ways to win,” said head coach Marc LeFebvre.

“It comes down to the little things and we need to be a little smarter.

“Frank Doyle also made some excellent saves and that is why he is one of the top three goalies in the league.”

Blaze were hoping to bounce back the following evening but they fell to their first home defeat at home in the league after losing 3-1 to Cardiff Devils.

Blaze defenceman Craig Cescon and Andrew Hotham dropped the gloves after just 110 seconds before Josh Batch nudged Devils ahead.

Joey Martin had a penalty shot saved by Blaze goaltender Brian Stewart but Joey Hadded did double Devils’ lead with a short-handed strike.

Steve Goertzen grabbed a goal back for Blaze just 32 seconds into the final session only for player-coach Andrew Lord to restore Devils’ two-goal advantage.

And despite pulling Stewart and calling a time-out, Blaze – again without injured defenceman Mike Egener – were unable to get back into the game.