Blaze Bitten By The Vipers

Last updated : 09 January 2011 By Covsupport News Service/F&i
Coventry Blaze went down to a 4-5 defeat to Newcastle Vipers tonight at the Sky Dome in Coventry.

The Blaze were without Sean Selsmer who has flu and the sides of the Sky Dome were pretty full with around 25 Vipers fans in the away section as the match got underway with Dutch referee Martin de Wilde in charge.

On 8.55, Brett Jaeger made a save from Mike Prpich but lost the puck and Jamie Tinsley fired into the net for the opening goal which was doubled eleven seconds before the end of the first period when Patrik Forsbacka found the net for a powerplay goal.

The Blaze had 19 shots to the Vipers ten and one minute and forty nine seconds into the second period, Robert Farmer pulled a goal back for the Blaze after his initial shot hit the plexi glass.

Blaze, who won at Dundee last night, kept pressing and Brad Zanon hit the pipes but Newcastle went up the other end and hit a third with a powerplay goal from Patrik Forsbacka.

Fifteen seconds more had passed and it was 4-1 to Newcastle when Jaroslaw Rszeutko scored an even handed goal.

There was more second period misery, despite Blaze now leading the shot counts 40-18, to come as Patrik Forsbacka completed his hat-trick on 34.02, assisted by former Blaze player Danny Stewart.

The Blaze players must have had a roasting from Paul Thomson as they came back out for the final period fired up. Within twenty one seconds of the restart, Arron Nell made the most of the Blaze's numerical advantage and scored assisted by Greg Chambers.

Arron Nell was grasping the mantle for the Blaze and 48.02, he hit his second goal of the night then 54 seconds later, youngster Ross Venus found the net.

In a grandstand finish, Jason Robinson hit the bar but they could not get the goals they needed and let Newcastle win 5-4.

On Saturday, the Blaze travel to Cardiff Devils before taking on Sheffield Steelers at the Sky Dome on Sunday.

Other results Edinburgh 0-9 Sheffield, Hull 0-3 Nottingham, Cardiff 6-1 Dundee. Coventry ENL Blaze were beaten 8-5 at Whitley Bay