ICE HOCKEY - Blaze hammer Storm in easy victory - The Coventry Observer

ICE HOCKEY - Blaze hammer Storm in easy victory

Aaron Sutcliffe 13th Dec, 2022 Updated: 14th Dec, 2022   0

COLTON Yellow Horn scored a hat-trick as Coventry Blaze hammered Manchester Storm 9-0 to record their biggest win of the Viaplay Elite League season.

Yellow Horn started and completed the scoring whilst Radek Vesely scored a brace with further goals from David Clements, Kim Tallberg, Mitch Cook and Brady Norrish at the Skydome Arena.

The result means Blaze sit second in the Elite League standings, eight points behind leaders Guildford Flames who have a game in hand.

And Yellow Horn opened the scoring at 10.17 before Vesely doubled Blaze’s lead with his first of the game at 12.42 on the powerplay.

However, the first period was halted with 38 seconds left to play after a piece of the plexiglass popped out of its stanchion forcing the players back into the dressing room.

When play resumed, Yellow Horn grabbed his second of the match with nine seconds of the first period remaining to hand Blaze a three-nil lead.

Tensions began to rise at 32.56 as Blaze’s Norrish clashed with Dallas Ehrhardt as each player received two minutes for roughing.

Great Britain international Clements scored his fourth of the regular season at 35.56 before Player of the Month for November Tallberg struck on the powerplay at 39.14.

With 32 seconds left in the second period, Cook scored to finish a period of dominance for Blaze who took a commanding six-nil into the third.

Vesely’s second came at 46.33 before Norrish registered Coventry’s third powerplay goal of the game at 53.24 and Yellow Horn completed his hat-trick at 56.49 with Johnny Curran grabbing his third assist.

Head Coach Danny Stewart said: “It was an unbelievable performance from start to finish. We played really well in all areas and every aspect of our game was good.”

Blaze are next in action away at Guildford on Saturday, December 17 in the Challenge Cup with the face-off at 6pm at Guildford Spectrum.

And Blaze return to Elite League action against Belfast Giants on Sunday, December 18 with the face-off at 5.30pm at the Skydome Arena.

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