7th Dec, 2016

Birthday boy Carl Lauzon grabs a hat-trick as Coventry Blaze secure valuable four-point weekend

Steve Carpenter 8th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CARL Lauzon made it a birthday to remember after scored a hat-trick as Coventry Blaze made it four-point weekends with a 6-5 victory over Edinburgh Capitals in Murrayfield.

Blaze had got their weekend off to the best possible start thanks to a 12-4 demolition over a depleted Capitals side on Saturday evening.

Goals from Russ Cowley (2), Drew Fisher (2), Lauzon (2), Chris Bruton, Jordan Pietrus, Brett Robinson, Jim Jorgensen, Brenden Walker and Ashley Tait stunned the Skydome crowd as Blaze ran riot.

And Chuck Weber’s side managed to record a fourth consecutive win over the same opposition on Sunday to move three points clear of ninth-placed Manchester Storm.

Lauzon and Robinson were on target again as the hosts took a 2-0 lead before the Capitals pulled level but two further markers from Lauzon, who was celebrating his 29th birthday, and one from Bruton helped Blaze open up a 5-2 advantage.

The Capitals responded once more to make it a one-goal game but Bruton doubled his tally with 20 seconds of the middle session remaining and the vistors pulled one back in the final period to made it 6-5.

“We talked before the weekend about doing the business and getting four points and that is what we have done,” said Blaze head coach Chuck Weber.

“It is not easy with the long bus trip up here but we had to grind it out. I much preferred this match, having to play with a one-goal lead for 19 minutes – it was play-off hockey.

“Edinburgh had their push at times and had a couple of chances at the end when they pulled their goalie but we held on.

“I thought the line of Lauzon, Robinson and Bruton was fantastic. Sometimes you need a line to step up and push you over the top and they did that.”