25th Sep, 2018

'It feels good' - back-up netminder Preece reflects on Challenge Cup call-up

ICE HOCKEY: BACK up netminder Brython Preece starred for Coventry Blaze on Saturday night as Guildford Flames were beat 5-2 in the Challenge Cup.

The 20-year-old stopped 16 of the 18 shots that came his way, and he described his appearance as a case of ‘worth the wait’ after spending large parts of the season in the shadow of number one goalie Kevin Nastiuk.

From Cardiff, Preece conceded early on when Ian Watters scored for the Flames on seven minutes.

Jordan Pietrus and Marco Vallerand responded as Blaze gained the lead by the end of the first period.

Though no scoring took place in the second period, Brett Robinson and Flames’ British forward Andrew McKinney clashed on the ice before the latter picked up a ten minute abuse of an official penalty.

Vallerand hit his second of the night before Pietrus slammed home goals four and five – earning his hat-trick five minutes before time.

Former Blaze forward Liam Stewart then doubled Flames’ tally as the game ended 5-2.

After the match, Preece said: “It feels good to get a win, and it’s a big win too having scored five goals.

“If you’re patient the chance will come. That’s how it works.”

Picture: Scott Wiggins. 

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