COVENTRY, UK – Genting Casino Coventry Blaze strengthened their prospects of qualifying for the Elite League play-offs with a 3-1 victory over Dundee Stars at the Skydome.
They fell behind at 5.28 when Dylan Quaile converted four seconds into a Stars powerplay but a short-handed marker from Cale Tanaka at 10.01 levelled it up for Blaze.
But two goals in 58 seconds at the start of the third period was enough for Blaze, with Adam Henrich putting his side in front at 42.29 before Kelsey Wilson’s strike (43.27).
Coach Marc LeFebvre said: “I thought the first two periods were a comedy of errors at times, it was very sloppy. But we beared down in the third and crashed the net, which we have been working on all week.
“I thought [goaltender Mike Zacharias] Zach had a great game. They created some chances but he stood on his head and kept us going.
“Having Benn back also gave us a boost. He is a big presence on the blue line and that is something we have missed. He has worked so hard to get back into the line-up.
“It meant we could play Russ [Cowley] up front and he had a good game. He is Mr Dependable and works hard at both ends. Having six defencemen also gives us options.”
Blaze will now be looking to register a four-point weekend when they travel to Cardiff Devils tomorrow night.
LeFebvre added: “We know they will come out all guns blazing and we are going to have to be ready.”