September 28th, 2016

Last gasp Quesnele goal earns Blaze crucial home victory

Last gasp Quesnele goal earns Blaze crucial home victory Last gasp Quesnele goal earns Blaze crucial home victory
Updated: 9:14 pm, Jan 17, 2016

MICHAEL QUESNELE snatched a last gasp goal to earn Coventry Blaze a dramatic win at the Skydome on Sunday night against Dundee.

The Blaze made it hard work, though, as they had to come from behind on three occasions – markers from Fisher, Cowley, Tait and finally Quesnele, earned the Blaze two vital Elite League points.

A shorthanded goal from the visitors less than nine minutes into the game put Dundee ahead, however Coventry responded in determined fashion as eventual Blaze man of the match, Drew Fisher, brought the Blaze level with a powerplay goal.

The Stars responded with a powerplay goal of their own shortly before the end of the first period, but Russ Cowley’s marker at 23.01 brought the Blaze level once more.

Brian Stewart’s save of the season was in vain with just 12 minutes remaining as Craig Moore slotted one past the Canadian’s right pad.

Blazeskipper Ashley Tait then levelled the scores with nine minutes remaining, before Quesnele fired home the game winner with just 59 seconds remaining in overtime.

The two points come as welcome news to Blaze head coach Chuck Weber after his side were blocked out by three goals to nil against Braehead the previous evening.

Weber said: “It wasn’t pretty but two points are two points.

“We controlled the pace of play in waves and I thought we lacked some energy in the second period.

“The boys persevered and we were rewarded with two timely powerplay goals.

“It’s disappointing with regards to the penalties we conceded tonight, Boris could’ve told the referee what he had for lunch this afternoon and still would’ve received a penalty.

“Boris has been told by myself that he’s a captain of this team – tonight he was awarded a penalty for telling the referee “I understand” and the referee has took it in the wrong way.”

Coventry next travel to Belfast for two away games on the bounce next weekend.

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