Stewart frustrated by home shut-out

Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart admitted he was frustrated after seeing his team shut-out on home ice by Belfast Giants on Sunday.

Blaze went into the game on the back of Saturday’s impressive 7-4 victory at Braehead Clan, but they found the Giants too hot to handle the following day as they fell to a 3-0 defeat.

“Anytime you don’t score at home it’s frustrating, although I can’t fault the effort,” said Stewart.

“The first period was probably a non-event. The first ten of second they put pressure on us, the second ten, we were all over them but we couldn’t get one.

“I think it was one of those nights where whoever got the first was probably going to see it though and win. They obviously got that second one and it was a tough uphill battle from there.

“I think we possibly tired in the third, we went with five guys at the back all weekend and we had the long trip.

“We’re not making excuses but I think they had that little extra step than we had in the third.”

The weekend was far from a write-off for Coventry, with Saturday’s success against Braehead ending their recent run of poor results in Scotland.

“To score seven goals on the road is pretty impressive,” added Stewart.

“Going into the game we were 0-5 in Scotland, so it was good to get that win under our belt. There were lots of positives.

“We’d had a couple of good games, and pucks start going in, you get a bit of puck luck and all of a sudden you get a bit of confidence.

“For Liam (Stewart) to get two on the penalty kill was a huge factor in the game.”

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