ICE HOCKEY - Coventry Blaze respond to Glasgow defeat with Guildford victory - The Coventry Observer

ICE HOCKEY - Coventry Blaze respond to Glasgow defeat with Guildford victory

Coventry Editorial 20th Feb, 2024 Updated: 21st Feb, 2024   0

COVENTRY Blaze produced a stirring comeback to beat Guildford Flames 3-2 after slipping to a 4-2 defeat at Glasgow Clan.

Blaze recovered from an early two-goal deficit against Flames as Ian McNulty, Johnny Curran and Blake Thompson all scored to complete a fine turnaround at the Skydome Arena.

That came after McNulty and Tyler Kirkup found the net for Blaze in defeat at Braehead Arena against Glasgow.

The results mean Blaze sit fifth in the Elite League standings.

Against Guildford, the Flames raced into a two-goal lead as Peter Crinella scored on the powerplay at 2.47 before Lewis Hook fired home at 9.26 to leave Blaze stunned.

Coventry responded at 15.39 when former Flames forward McNulty grabbed his 15th goal of the season via a rebound from Kim Tallberg’s initial effort.

And Blaze struck again on the powerplay at 26.18 through Curran after Flames forward Steven McParland was assessed for a goaltender interference penalty just 10 seconds earlier.

The home side completed the comeback at 48.46 when defenceman Thompson saw his direct play rewarded with a goal.

Tempers flared in the final 10 minutes as several players clashed behind Blaze netminder Taran Kozun’s net with Coventry able to kill off the resulting penalty and secure the points.

In Glasgow, Clan took the lead after just 21 seconds through captain Dyson Stevenson before Tallberg had a goal ruled out after scoring with a high stick.

Blaze top scorer McNulty levelled the game at 24.00 with a back-hand effort from close range to net his 14th goal of the season.

Coventry netminder Kozun then made a miraculous diving save to drag the puck off the line, confirmed via video review, after Glasgow thought they had taken the lead.

However, Clan reclaimed the lead at 29.13 when Gary Haden scored on the powerplay before Michael Pelech extended the home side’s advantage at 38.13 with a shot through a crowd of bodies.

Blaze kept themselves in the contest through Kirkup’s goal at 53.41 before the visitors pulled Kozun for the extra skater in the final minute and captain Brady Norrish hit the post.

However, after more Blaze pressure, Clan sealed the win at 59.25 when Robert Lachowicz stole a puck along the boards and fired into an empty net.

Coventry host Dundee Stars on Saturday, February 24 with the face-off at 7pm at the Skydome.

Blaze then travel to Sheffield Steelers on Sunday, February 25 with the face-off at 4pm at Utilita Arena.

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