Blaze shut out! COVENTRY BLAZE 1 FIFE FLYERS 0.
GENTING Casino Blaze were left frustrated at the Skydome Arena as Fife netminder Shane Owen stopped 41 shots in his man-ofthe-match performance. The game-winning-goal came early from the Scottish side, Philippe Paquet firing past a scrambling Brian Stewart in the Blaze net on the powerplay at 5.05.
Missing both Ric Jackman and David Turon from their defence, the Flyers kept their game simple exuding much pressure throughout while attempting to take advantage of their small amount of chances on the break.
Following the opening goal, Coventry pressed for the equaliser with Blaze Man of the Match Liam Stewart coming the closest, bringing the very best out of Owen as the opening period came to a close.
Despite three powerplay opportunities in the middle period, Blaze were still unable to find a way past the Flyers' goalie who ended the weekend facing 82 shots and conceding zero in wins over Coventry and Manchester Storm.
Once again in the third and final period, Blaze pushed and pushed for the game-tying goal but despite three further powerplay chances and a late shout for a goal, it wasn't to be as the Flyers skated away with the two points.
Head coach Danny Stewart said of Owen: "He played unbelievable but he's part of their team. Last night he stopped over 40 shots as well - you've got to find ways to get to him, you've got to disrupt his game a little bit and unfortunately we weren't able to do it.
"I don't know what else we could have done out there other than put the puck in the net. You've got to score goals to win a hockey game and we didn'.'t "If anything I thought we could get more bodies in front of the goalie but other than that we had enough possession in their zone and enough looks. We've got guys that are here to score goals and unfortunately some of them aren't doing it right now and we've got to find a way to start scoring goals.
"We were all over them for the majority of the game. One mix up on our penalty-kill and they put it in the back of our net and they held on. Credit to them, they played a smart game, they did their best to limit their mistakes, they got one chance and they put it in the net and we didn't."
match facts CARDIFF 2 COVENTRY 3 0-1 Godfrey (Stewart) 7.57 0-2 Zajac (Bombis, Marquardt) 10.53 1-2 Fournier (Asselin, Borderleau) 19.48 2-2 Asselin (Hotham, Martin) 49.47 2-3 Marquardt (Bergman, Godfrey) 63.57 OT COVENTRY 0 FIFE 1 0-1 Paquet (Moyer, Gunn) PP 5.05 Shots: Coventry 41 Fife 22 OTHER RESULTS Elite League: Fife 7 Manchester 0; Nottingham 2 Dundee 1; Dundee 2 Cardiff 4; Edinburgh 2 Braehead 5; Sheffield 5 Belfast 1. Challenge Cup Group A: Belfast 5 Braehead 1. Group B: Manchester 2 Nottingham 3 (PS).
P W 0W0L L P Nottingham ........ 7 60 0 1 12 Cardiff ............. . 6 3 1 1 1 9 Fife ................ . 5 40 0 1 8 Sheffield .......... . 3 3 0 0 0 6 Coventry................... . 6 1 1 1 3 5 Braehead ........... 7 2 0 0 5 4 Manchester ....... . 5 1 0 1 3 3 Belfast........................ . 3 0 1 1 1 3 Edinburgh................ . 2 0 1 0 12 Dundee ........... . 40 0 0 40
Liam Stewart was industrious at both ends of the ice. Right, Garrett Klotz shows no ill effects from Saturday's showdown with Cardiff's ex NHL tough guy Patrick Bordeleau. Pictures: SCOTT WIGGINS
Robin Bergman tries his luck but Fife keeper Shane Owen was unbeatable on the night.