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Ice Hockey: Blaze draw Hull's sting with drubbing.

Byline: Antony Hopker

Coventry Blaze completed a fine weekend's work with a routine demolition of Hull Stingrays.

The British National League side attempted to compete but quickly ran out of steam and only ended the first period level thanks to two bizarre strokes of luck. The puck bounced off the boards for Sergiy Rublivsky's opener and thesecond goal when Slava Koulikov's shot went in off Dan Carlson's stick.

Apart from that, it was all Blaze. Graham Schlender and Adam Calder scored the first two goal and then Coventry pulled away in a second period during which Hull didn't manage a single shot on target. Neal Martin cut inside to start off the rout and Joel Poirier slipped in a fourth, tipping a shot from the point.

Doug Schueller was left in acres of space to blast home the fifth on the powerplay while Chris McNamara completed the feat moments later.

Poirier made it 7-2 before the second interval, diving and shooting a loose puck through a crowd of players. Calder added a powerplay goal early in the third period and the game turned into an exhibition, with Blaze skating lazy circles around Hull.

With the back-up netminders on, the game chugged along to its end, with Dan Shea making a decent diving save at the feet of Rublivsky.

Ashley Tait completed a 9-2 win for Coventry.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 31, 2005
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