21st Nov, 2017

Blaze on a high after home win against rivals Nottingham

Shaun Reynolds 29th Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY BLAZE continued their inspired form with a 5-3 win against the Nottingham Panthers at the Skydome on Tuesday night.

An early goal from former Blaze forward Chris Lawrence put the visitors in front with just six minutes on the clock.

However three markers from Michael Quesnele, Jordan Pietrus and Drew Fisher ensured the Blaze went into the first period break with a handy two goal advantage.

Coventry failed to capitalise on multiple chances at the start of what was a goalless second period as the Panthers started to display their frustration as both Cam Janssen and Geoff Waugh received minor penalties for elbows and high-sticks respectively.

Despite two goals from the visitors in the final period, the Blaze matched their rivals with markers from firstly Brett Robinson and then Drew Fisher who scored his second goal of the night.

The win means Coventry continue their strong run of form which has seen the Blaze pick up nine points from their last six games.

Blaze head coach Chuck Weber said: “I liked how we got momentum back throughout the game, every time Nottingham scored we responded and our penalty kill tonight was fantastic.

“We didn’t have many passengers tonight, all the guys drove the engine and it was a solid all-round team performance.

“Jordan (Pietrus) gave a big hit in the second period as did Drew (Fisher) – we really matched the physicality of the Panthers and offensively it was our best performance of the year.”

The Blaze have a day to rest before facing Nottingham once again at the National Ice Centre on New Year’s Eve (face-off 3pm).

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