Blaze go down in Glasgow

GLASGOW – Genting Casino Coventry Blaze saw their resurgence in form take a hit following a 3-1 defeat to Braehead Clan in Glasgow in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League.

Blaze had won five of their last six games but went down to their third straight loss to Clan this season.Braehead Clan logo

After a scoreless first period, Blaze fell behind at 31.06 when Joel Champagne converted on the powerplay for Clan.

Lee Esders doubled Clan’s lead at 44.35 before they lost import goaltender Kyle Jones, with Mike Will replacing him at 53.31.

Will was beaten just five seconds later when Adam Henrich scored on the powerplay – his sixth goal in five games.

But after Blaze pulled netminder Mike Zacharias, Clan secured the points with an empty-net marker from Neil Trimm with 54 seconds remaining.

Coach Matt Soderstrom said: “It was an up and down performance.

“In the first period we looked hungry, we played well and we were the better team. We should have had a couple of goals but their goalie played well.

“They stepped it up in the second period and were the better team and in the third we couldn’t get that goal and then they got a second.

“Their goalie came off and we got a powerplay. It was a tough situation for their back-up to come in, we got a goal back and were pushing hard to get back into it. We pulled the goalie and then turned the puck over and they got an empty-netter. It was a frustrating night.”

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