Storm sub­dued by Blaze in an­nual ‘Teddy Bear Toss’

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

MANCH­ESTER Storm suf­fered a dis­ap­point­ing 4-3 loss to mid-ta­ble coun­ter­parts Coventry Blaze.

The an­nual ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ brings with it pres­sure to score, as the hosts’ first goal is the sig­nal for char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions to be thrown onto the ice. How­ever, the home sup­port­ers didn’t wait long, when Gagnon’s well-placed wrist shot found its way into the Blaze goal.

A calami­tous er­ror from Matt Ginn gifted the vis­i­tors par­ity, when Broll tapped the puck into a va­cant goal. Less than two min­utes later, the Storm found them­selves ahead again with Hugh­es­man tak­ing full ad­van­tage of a for­tu­nate ric­o­chet. Coventry scored two goals in quick suc­ces­sion, Laakko­nen and Cor­co­ran send­ing the Blaze ahead 3-2 with one pe­riod re­main­ing.

In the fi­nal pe­riod, Cor­co­ran claimed his sec­ond goal, and de­spite a late con­so­la­tion goal from Cam Critchlow, it was Blaze that se­cured the vi­tal two points.

On Sun­day the Storm bounced back, se­cur­ing a vic­tory on the road against Not­ting­ham Pan­thers 3-2.

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