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Blaze are caught short against Stingrays.

Coventry Blaze ................................... 1 Hull Stingrays ..................................... 3 PERHAPS it shouldn't be a shock by now, but a sparse Coventry Blaze side lost at home to Hull Stingrays on Saturday.

The 3-1 defeat smacked of a mid-table clash. Coventry were short of bodies and lost Sean Selmser to illness after the first period, while Luke Fulghum struggled on also under the weather.

But there was no inspiration or extra effort to do anything to suggest that Blaze were going to produce any kind of spark at all.

Greg Chambers had his best game for weeks, if not the season, and young Ross Venus looked industrious enough as he was given more ice time than ever before.

For all the skating around, neither side created many chances in the first period. Hull took the lead after a Dan Carlson shot was turned into a Hull attack, and Sylvain Cloutier set up Jason Silverthorn on a breakaway.

It was Carlson who got the equaliser in a second period that was even quieter in terms of incident, but with a series of minor penalties, Blaze's big guns were getting noticeably more tired.

Brad Zanon got sucked out of position to allow Hull the space for what proved to be the game-winner as Kurtis Dulle was left open to slot home.

Try as they might, Coventry couldn't find a way back despite Chambers pulling some great moves, and Andrew Coburn worked the puck into the empty net as Coventry fruitlessly tried to find way back into the game.

Coventry: 23.23 CARLSON, Fussey, Lee (PP) Hull: 12.14 SILVERTHORN, Cloutier, Coburn; 47.57 DULLE, Davies, Cloutier; 58.58 COBURN, Tendler, Dulle (EN) Shots: Coventry 38, Hull 39 Penalty minutes: Coventry 28, Hull 18
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 13, 2010
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