ICE HOCKEY - Coventry Blaze come from three goals behind to down Flyers in overtime - The Coventry Observer

ICE HOCKEY - Coventry Blaze come from three goals behind to down Flyers in overtime

Coventry Editorial 15th Jan, 2024 Updated: 15th Jan, 2024   0

BRADY Norrish scored an overtime winner as Coventry Blaze came from three goals down to beat Fife Flyers 5-4 on home ice.

Norrish struck just 52 seconds into the extra period, having also scored earlier in the game, with Kobe Roth, JD Dudek and Mitch Cook all on target at the Skydome Arena.

The result means Blaze sit sixth in the Elite League standings.

Flyers took the lead at 5.07 when Johan Eriksson took advantage of a turnover at the Blaze end to break the deadlock.

And Fife doubled their lead at 22.31 as Lucas Chiodo finished neatly past Blaze netminder Taran Kozun from Eriksson’s pass.

The Scottish side struck again at 24.46 as Chiodo scored his second goal of the game to leave the home side with a mountain to climb.

However, Blaze responded at 26.49 when Roth grabbed his 15th goal of the season from David Clements’ pass.

And Danny Stewart’s side reduced the deficit further at 35.04 through captain Norrish before Dudek levelled the match on the powerplay at 36.34.

The Flyers reclaimed the lead at 44.18 courtesy of Troy Lajeunesse’s strike only for Cook to send the game to overtime with his first goal of the season at 47.31.

And Blaze secured the points at 60.52 when Norrish’s shot trickled through the legs of Flyers netminder Kevin Lindskoug after good work from Johnny Curran.

Blaze head coach Stewart said: “Getting that first one gave us some life and after the second we really upped our game, but I’ll be straightforward. I don’t think our urgency in the first period was good enough.

“For Fife to come down here after playing last night, our message was ‘don’t let them get off the bus’, to put pucks behind them and make them defend. But, we made mistakes on and off the puck and gave them life.

“We showed some resiliency to come back from 0-3 and 3-4 down, and we had some good performances but for us to go from a good team to a really good team we need to have everyone going and we’re not getting that right now.”

Coventry are next in action away at Guildford Flames on Wednesday, January 17 with the face-off at 7.30pm at Guildford Spectrum.

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