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Henrich breakaway seals much-needed win.

Nottingham Panthers ???????? 2 Coventry Blaze??????????????????? 3 (After overtime) GENTING Casino Coventry Blaze got a much-needed win with a 3-2 overtime victory in Nottingham on Saturday.

Michael Henrich scored the winner with a breakaway just 18 seconds into sudden death as Blaze held their nerve, despite surrendering the lead twice.

Mike Zacharias pulled off a number of great saves as Nottingham outshot Blaze, despite having a shorter bench.

Both sides had two players suspended, while Coventry have lost Shea Guthrie for several weeks after a finger operation.

Blaze newcomer Kelsey Wilson was put on a line with Cale Tanaka and Ryan Ginand, and got the opener against his former team.

It took nearly 20 minutes for Nottingham to equalise, with Lynn Loyns getting the goal after attempting a wraparound.

Zacharias poked the puck clear but it was quickly fed back to the Panthers man by the net.

The ever-dangerous Ryan Ginand broke clear to put Blaze in front after Nottingham went close at the other end.

However, he was sitting in the penalty box when Matt Ryan scored moments after a similar effort was washed out by referee Tom Darnell.

At 2-2 it could have swung either way but a good pass by Mike Egener sent Henrich clear.

Relieved coach Matt Soderstrom was pleased with his side's second win in Nottingham this year.

"This is a tough place to come," he said. "I know they are missing some guys - so are we - but they are still a tough team to beat and they play well in that rink.

"But we battled hard and produced a solid performance. It was a nice pass from Eggy and when Michael Henrich is on a breakaway nine and a half times out of ten the puck goes in."

Nottingham: 36.04 LOYNS, Lachowicz, Jacina (PP); 57.03 RYAN, Weaver, Clarke (PP) Coventry: 17.39 WILSON, Ginand, Tanaka; 48.23 GINAND, Tanaka, Kallstrom; 60.18 M HENRICH, Olson, Egener Shots: Nottingham 31, Coventry 23 Penalty minutes: Nottingham 8, Coventry 18
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 20, 2014
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