19th Oct, 2017

Coventry Blaze star Egener has sights set on silverware

Coventry Editorial 18th Feb, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CANADIAN defenceman Mike Egener believes lifting a trophy would cap a ‘weird’ season for Blaze.

A run of six wins and an overtime loss in their last seven games has seen Blaze climb to eighth in the Elite League, two points behind Fife Flyers in sixth.

And they also remain in the Challenge Cup when they face Cardiff Devils in the second leg of their semi-final clash in South Wales next week.

“It would be awesome if we could win something this year, what a weird year that would be.” said Egener.

“It has not gone the way the guys, the fans and the organisation expected it to and we are not where we want to be in the standings but there are still two trophies to play for.

“It is a long season and a lot of things can happen. We have had injuries and a change of coach.

“We have played Cardiff well this year and I think we match up well against them. It is a fun time of the year, the best time of the year and every game is like a play-off game.

Coach Chuck Weber believes the secret behind the club’s recent success has been their strenuous training sessions and his side are now reaping the rewards.

He added: “The big thing I have stressed since I have been here is discipline. If you are going to take a penalty make it a good one, whether it is protecting a team-mate or denying your opponent a goal. Don’t make it a lazy one and a lot of that comes down to conditioning.

“We do a lot of battle drills on protecting the puck and winning the puck battles and then at the end they have a bag skate. If you practice at a high level then it makes the games seem easy. That’s the mindset is north America where the practices are so hard.

“It is about pushing guys out of their comfort zone so they feel exhaustion, they feel sick, because then the games will be a lot easier. The guys are buying into it and they deserve great credit because they have embraced the changes.”

Blaze are preparing for another double header this weekend which begins with a trip to Sheffield Steelers on Saturday before hosting Nottingham Panthers the following evening.

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