INTERVIEW: Blaze boss 'looking' at a replacement should the right man become available - The Coventry Observer

17th Aug, 2022

INTERVIEW: Blaze boss 'looking' at a replacement should the right man become available

BLAZE coach Danny Stewart admitted he’s ‘looking’ at possibly bringing in a new team member to improve Coventry Blaze’s roster.

But the coach admits if players perform to the same standard as they did on Sunday night against the Nottingham Panthers, he won’t be forced into making a change.

Blaze lost 3-2 against Nottingham on Sunday night at the Skydome Arena. Despite missing out by a goal, Stewart was impressed by his side’s performance – and admitted Blaze deserved more from the game.

Speaking to The Observer after the game, Stewart said: “We’re definitely looking to see what players are out there.

“If the right players are available it’s something we have to look at. Having said that if players play like tonight we don’t have to worry about changes.

“But a few of the guys have to find consistency.”

Two powerplay goals helped Panthers win in front of another strong Skydome crowd.

The loss means Blaze remain mid-table having won six of their opening 13 games – teams lower down the league do have games in hand.

One area of play Blaze need to improve according to Stewart is their penalty kill.

He said: “Going by this weekend our penalty kill needs to improve.

“Up until a few weeks ago our PK was a strength. But Nottingham got goals on the powerplay and it happened last night.

“I’m disappointed with the loss. But the performance was there.

“We had a lot of zone time and I thought the defence did a great job in stepping up to the neutral zone.

“One thing I’m trying to drill into the team is not get too high or low. Tonight we played great hockey and deserved better.”

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