Vipers Feel The Blaze Heat

Last updated : 17 January 2009 By PM Down The Sky Dome
Coventry Blaze Ice Hockey Team beat Newcastle Vipers 7-3 tonight to move into third place in the Elite League.

Paul Thompson made two changes bringing in Blake Forsyth and Erik Hjalmarsson but despite the Blaze starting well, Newcastle scored twice early on in front of a nearly full house at the Sky Dome.

Payette spent the period looking for a fight until Carlyle Lewis had a word. Then on 10.09, Adam Calder pulled one back to silence the sixty Toon fans,

It was a case of "Now That's What I Call Hockey" from the Blaze in the second period as they ended the period 6-2 up. Looking better on offense and defense, they moved the puck well and Carlyle Lewis scored on 24.02 after holding the "D".

Tom Watkins added a third on 30.16 as Lewis unsights the Net Minder before Adam Calder nets the fourth.

The goals from the Blaze continued with a brilliant solo powerplay goal from Jon Weaver on 37.33 before veteran Barrie Moore makes it six from a Weaver assist.

The Blaze leave the ice to a standing ovation as Paul Thompson's demand for speed and soft hands clearly pays off.

Into the third and Derek Campbell hits his second goal of the night but it is not long before Jon Weaver makes it 7-3 from a Deschalets assist on 52.52.

With Blake Forsyth adding much needed speed and skill, the Blaze cruise to an easy win and normal service returns to the Blaze organiation as "I Feel Good" is played.

Tomorrow night, the Blaze travel to Scotland to face Edinburgh Capitols. Face off is at 6pm.