ICE HOCKEY: A SEVEN minute powerplay following an incident in the middle period of Saturday’s game against Fife Flyers cost Blaze as they slipped to a two goal loss on the road.
Blaze’s Danick Paquette received a two plus two minute penalty and a match penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct following an altercation on and off the ice with the penalty box attendant – the penalty was later downgraded to a ten minute misconduct.
Following a goalless first period, the incident provided Fife with the catalyst needed to open the scoring.
With seven minutes of powerplay available, Fife scored at 36.52 through Danick Gauthier – and five minutes later their lead was doubled when Liam Heelis found the back of Kevin Nastiuk’s net.
Blaze weren’t helped by the standout performance of Fife netminder Andy Iles, who turned away 43 shots.
Despite pulling goalie Kevin Nastiuk late in the game, Coventry were unable to find a way past Iles falling to a 2-0 defeat, their fifth in a row in Kirkcaldy.
Head Coach Danny Steward said, “We did everything but score tonight.
“We made a couple of mistakes early and ‘Nasti’ came up big, but I really thought we dominated from there on.
“Credit to the Fife goalie as he played a blinder. I won’t comment on anything else.”
Picture: Martin Watterson.