COVENTRY BLAZE failed to take any points from their home tie against the Nottingham Panthers as a late goal from the visitors dented any chance the Blaze had of success.
Following four back-to-back wins at home against opposition including Dundee, Sheffield and Fife, the Blaze conceded with just over two minutes to go as Nottingham’s Brad Moran beat Coventry netminder Brian Stewart to his left.
In what proved to be a stop-start game, Coventry were the first to score as Brett Robinson converted a penalty shot after having a scoring opportunity taken away from him when he was brought down in front of net.
Nottingham responded shortly before the conclusion of the second period as Juraj Kolnik tapped in a loose puck with 38 minutes played.
A frustrating third period then ended in anger for the Blaze as Brad Moran scored what proved to be the winning goal.
Post game, Coventry headcoach Chuck Weber said: “It’s disappointing, this time of year we have to get points – it’s not that I’m worried about Nottingham getting points, it’s more we didn’t get any points.
“I thought we got off to a good start, we did a decent job but our powerplay let us down tonight.
“We tweaked a couple of things around and I’ve got to make another adjustment to simplify things a little more.
“I felt we had a number of chances – shorthanded as well.
“Nottingham’s goalie made some big saves at key times and we failed to take our chances.”
Coventry’s next fixture is on Saturday night when they welcome the Belfast Giants to the Skydome Arena (7pm face-off).