Blaze continue Panthers dominance

Drew Fisher (2), Mike Quesnele, Jordan Pietrus and Brett Robinson were on target as Coventry Blaze won 5-3 at home to Nottingham Panthers on Tuesday night.

Blaze have now taken 11 points from their last eight games at the Skydome and have won all three home meetings with the Panthers this season.

Head Coach Chuck Weber said: “There were a lot of momentum plays which happened and I liked how we got momentum back – every time they scored we responded.

“Getting up 3-1 the way we did and our penalty kill was fantastic. A lot of guys were driving the engine – we did not have many passengers.

“They really pushed in the third period which we expected. They are too talented not to, but I liked the way we responded.”

Panthers’ Head Coach Corey Neilson was unhappy with his team’s efforts: “We didn’t have any luck, but I don’t think we earned any tonight,” he said.

“Before the game we had a great meeting and talked about the things we needed to do, but quite frankly I’m disappointed. Those first two periods we weren’t very good.

“I think they played a little more desperate than us. Our execution wasn’t great and there was an overall lack of competitiveness which I don’t think I’ve ever seen from our group.

“Their goaltender played great, but we have to find ways to win because these games are critical – we’ve got to be better.”

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