Blaze boss satisfied despite missed opportunity

Coventry Blaze boss Danny Stewart was pleased with his team’s efforts last weekend, despite seeing them miss the chance to record two victories in the Elite League.

Blaze won 4-1 at home to Dundee Stars on Saturday and looked set to follow up at Nottingham Panthers the following day when they led 5-3 early in the third period.

However, the hosts hit back to seal a 6-5 victory after a shoot-out – but Stewart wasn’t too downhearted.

“I thought we played a great hockey game – we played miles better than Saturday and we find ourselves on the end of a shoot-out loss rather than a 4-1 win, but that’s the way it goes sometimes,” said Stewart.

“It was back and forth all night, but credit to them, they played a good game too. All-in-all it was a great performance by the guys, it’s just a shame we fell slightly short.”

Saturday’s victory over Dundee was Coventry’s fourth win from their last five home games, with goals by Kevin Noble, Ben Davies, Ross Venus and Josh Godfrey sealing the points for Stewart’s team.

“I’m happy with another win at home – for the most part I think we were in complete control of the game,” he added.

“We had a lot of possession and shots and some good individual performances. Stewy (Brian Stewart), the few times he was tested made some good stops, and our Brit pack in particular – ‘V’ (Ross Venus) had a great game, Ben (Davies) too, both had big goals and Clem (David Clements) had a great game.”

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