Storm subdued by Blaze in annual ‘Teddy Bear Toss’
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.