Blaze are left frus­trated at home de­feat

Coventry Telegraph - - SPORT - By CRAIG SUMMERTON cov­s­port@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Blaze’s Marco Vallerand in ac­tion against Fife Fly­ers.

DE­SPITE heav­ily out-shoot­ing their op­po­nents for the sec­ond night run­ning, Blaze were left frus­trated fol­low­ing a 4-3 home de­feat to the Fife Fly­ers.

The game started in the right way for the Danny Ste­wart’s men against his for­mer club, as man of the match Ben Lake scored the first of two at 9.22.

Be­fore the open­ing pe­riod was out though, Liam Heelis reg­is­tered to tie things up (18.15).

Into the sec­ond pe­riod and the ex­cel­lent Andy Iles in the Fife net came charg­ing out of his net to poke-check a puck away from for­mer Fly­ers cap­tain Ryan Din­gle. The Blaze for­ward be­ing bun­dled over be­fore win­ning the next puck bat­tle to poke home past the dis­tracted keeper.

Next came a fight as Blaze’s Dan­ick Pa­que­tte took ex­cep­tion to Tommy Muir, the pair each re­ceiv­ing five min­utes in the penalty box.

Go­ing 2/3 on the pow­er­play, Fife first took ad­van­tage through Shayne Stock­ton at 33.12. Lake from the re­turn­ing Brett Robin­son fol­low­ing sus­pen­sion made it 3-2 at 34.34, but Fife hit back again through Chase Sch­aber on 39.06. De­spite sus­tained of­fen­sive zone time and 46 shots, Blaze weren’t able to find a fourth way past Iles.

The even­tual game-win­ning­goal came from Fife’s Evan Blood­off (47.54).

Blaze have con­firmed the de­par­ture of Amer­i­can for­ward Gar­rett Ladd with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

The 28-year-old has sig­nalled his in­ten­tion to re­turn to North Amer­ica for per­sonal rea­sons.

Head coach Danny Ste­wart said: “We thank him for his efforts whilst he’s been with us.”

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