ICE HOCKEY: DANNY Stewart revealed time is ticking for a couple of players within the Blaze camp following Saturday’s overtime loss to Dundee.
A standout hat-trick for Stars’ Riley Stadel secured a 3-2 win for Dundee, leaving Stewart with no option but slam his side’s performance as ‘garbage’ and ‘selfish’.
Garrett Ladd ensured Blaze made the perfect start when firing the home side into the lead after just 2.30.
Though Blaze had more than a minute of five-on-three powerplay time, Dundee found the only goal of the middle period when Stadel registered his first marker of the night at 37.33.
British forward Ross Venus helped Blaze regain their one-goal advantage at 41.56, but Stadel tied the game once more just minutes later.
Blaze netminder Kevin Nastiuk was forced into a world-class save seconds before the final buzzer sounded. Nastiuk’s grab forced the game into overtime.
Jordan Pietrus hit the post in the opening moments of overtime. But man of the moment Stadel won the game for the visiting side at 64.26 to earn Dundee their first win at the Skydome since March 2011.
Stewart said: “We played horrible hockey.
“Saturday night at home, there’s no excuses. We weren’t there physically or mentally.
“That was our worst performance of the year in a game where we needed two points.”
The coach didn’t rule out the possibility of team changes in the coming weeks either.
“For a couple of guys the clock is ticking,” said Stewart.
“I’m not sure if the guys thought Dundee would come in and we’d roll them over. But they have a good goalie and have left Coventry with two points.
“It was garbage, not good enough.
“I’m frustrated with our powerplay. It sucks the life out of you.
“Our powerplay hasn’t been great at around 20 per cent before tonight, but the last few games we have been getting goals.
“Tonight we turned the puck over, it was garbage and selfish. That’s not how we’re built.”