Blaze failed to secure a place in the EIHL post-season for the first time in their history following a 4-1 defeat at Sheffield Steelers on Sunday.
However, the Steelers bagged three goals in just over three minutes to end the dream and leave Stewart reflecting on a disappointing campaign.
“On the game for two periods we played some of our best hockey of the year,” said Stewart.
“It was unfortunate in the third – we made an individual error and they go up 2-1. Then, from what I’ve seen, a whistle was blown on the third one but the goal was allowed to stand.
“But I don’t want this to sound like sour grapes. I just said to the guys, there’s no one to blame but ourselves.
“We put ourselves in this position by not finding the consistency throughout the season.”
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