GENTING Casino Coventry Blaze kicked-off their Premier Sports Elite League season with a shutout 2-0 win against Fife Flyers at the Skydome Arena thanks to Dane Gibson’s first professional goal.
Gibson opened the scoring in the second period to give the hosts a much-deserved lead before Ross Venus completed the win at the beginning of the final 20.
Victory for the blaze sees them sit behind only Guildford Flames in the early season standings by virtue of the Flames having scored more goals.
Canadian defenceman Gibson struck at 25mins 15secs after he collected John Curran’s pass before moving in from the left and firing an effort past Shane Owen.
Coventry doubled their lead at 41mins 44secs when David Broll’s effort went in off the skate of Venus to secure a comfortable win in their home city.
Blaze goaltender CJ Motte made 21 saves in an excellent display from the American against a Fife side who looked dangerous on the counter attack.
However, the hosts were in command throughout the contest, putting 30 shots on the Flyers goal, and will hope to continue their good start ahead of next weekend’s clashes against Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers.
Head coach Danny Stewart was delighted to secure a shutout win and praised his players after a lively showing in their season opener.
He said: “I am really happy, I thought we came out with a lot of energy, we defended so well tonight, we talked about team defence and being more committed to that and we were really good in all the zones.”