EIHL: Braehead Clan pile on the misery for Coventry Blaze
Braehead showed real character as they inflicted Coventry's third straight road loss, winning 5-2 to go above the Blaze.
Last Updated: 20/11/12 4:21pm
Braehead, who released two players earlier in the week, showed real character as they inflicted Coventry's third straight road loss, winning 5-2 to go above the midlands team and keep themselves in the mix.
It was a game that could have gone either way and the end result wasn't decided until late in the game.
Both teams had chances in the first session, but the only one that was taken was by ex-Blaze man Robert Farmer at 17.47 with three seconds remaining on a Clan powerplay.
The Clan got caught napping inside the first minute of the second period as Matt Beleskey got the visitors back on level terms with 40 seconds on the clock. The hosts regained their lead with a goal from Drew Miller at 33.58.
Clan player/coach Jordan Krestanovich opened up a two-goal lead for the home side as he netted at 44.47. It was a one-goal game once again as Sam Smith fired into the net at 50.28.
The hosts restored their two-goal lead as Krestanovich with his second scored on a shorthanded play. With Hirsch pulled for the extra skater Jade Galbraith fired into the empty net to complete the scoring.
Cardiff Devils completed a feat that no other team has managed this season and that was to beat the Dundee Stars at home in regulation time and they did it in a comprehensive fashion, skating in 9-1.
Stuart MacRae netted a brace of short handers with the first goal of the game as well as the last and helped his team go above Sheffield to occupy third place.
Devils got off to a blistering start as Stuart MacRae put them in front with a shorthanded goal at 3.36. The visitors doubled their lead with a strike from Kenton Smith at 5.37 and in the 11th minute Chris Blight added a third to give his team a three goal lead after the first period.
The Stars pulled one back with a strike from Sami Ryhanen at 26.34. Rather than this fuelling the home side, it fuelled up the Devils as Mac Faulkner at 31.58 and Paul Bissonnette less than a minute later gave them a 5-1 lead.
A further two strikes from the Devils from Bari McKenzie at 35.42 and Ben Davies 28 seconds later ended the game as a contest.
With the points in the bag the Devils eased up in the third period and only added a further two markers late in the game. Chris Blight got his teams eighth at 55.29 and MacRae completed the scoring with his send shorthanded goal 57.20.
Hull Stingrays' recent home form, where they had won their last four games, evaded them as they went down by the odd goal in five to table-toppers Belfast Giants. The win for the Giants saw them open up a two point lead over second placed Nottingham.
An early indication that the game was going to be tight throughout was evident in a first period that ended goalless.
The visitors finally got the break through with two strikes early in the second period, Craig Peacock opened the scoring at 21.26 and then Andrew Fournier doubled the Giants lead 3 minutes played in the second period.
The home side pulled one back with a strike from Jereme Tendler at 27.58. However, a powerplay goal from Bobby Sandrock at 32.57 restored the Giants two goal lead.
A shorthanded goal from Jason Silverthorn at 52.47 set up a tense end to the game. Despite pulling the goaltender in the last minute, the Stingrays couldn't find a way past Murphy to send the game into overtime and Belfast skated off with the points.
Edinburgh Capitals' miserable run on the road continued as they went down for the 20th straight time, losing 4-1 at Fife Flyers.
Their last win, ironically was a 4-1 win against Fife on 2nd January. As for Fife they had recent signing Bobby Chaumont in their line-up and he contributed with 1+1, this win saw them move out the bottom two for the first time since the 6th October.
The Capitals shocked the home team as Jordan Steel put the visitors in front with only 27 seconds on the clock. Flyers got back on level terms with a strike from Chris Wands at 7.22.
The hosts had to wait until the 39th minute before they got themselves in front with a powerplay strike from Derek Keller. They held onto this lead for the remainder of the period.
Two goals inside the first minute of the third period from the hosts ended the game as a contest. The first of these came at 40.23 from the stick of Jason Pitton and was quickly followed by Chaumont scoring on his debut 34 seconds later.