8th Dec, 2016

Blaze win against Manchester sets up mouth watering Sheffield playoff tie

Shaun Reynolds 20th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

COVENTRY BLAZE completed their regular season campaign in fine style on Sunday night at the Skydome Arena, defeating Manchester Storm 6-2.

The win confirmed that the Blaze will face arch-rivals Sheffield for their playoff quarter final tie – the first leg of which takes place at the Skydome on Saturday night (March 26) at 7pm.

Coventry welcomed Manchester to the Skydome on the back of a disappointing 2-1 defeat away at Dundee on Saturday (March 19) night.

Forward Carl Lauzon signalled Coventry’s intent to Manchester just 21 seconds into the game as the Canadian tapped home a close range shot to put the Blaze ahead.

The visitors received a sensation of de ja vu shortly into the second period as Brett Robinson doubled the Blaze’s lead just 32 seconds after the resumption of play.

A further goal from Robinson, and a mid-period marker from Jordan Pietrus put the Blaze four goals ahead just after the 30 minute mark.

Despite a Storm goal shortly after Coventry’s fourth goal, the Blaze dominated possession and saw out the third period with a further goal courtesy of  Russ Cowley.

Manchester added a second to their tally shortly before the final buzzer, however their efforts were in vain as the Blaze recorded a dominant 6-2 win.