The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Dundee Stars at Skydome Arena on Saturday.
High in confidence from a five-game winning run, the Stars took an early lead through Carter Johnson at 8.23. The goal was the big centreman’s second of the season and came on a 3-on-2 attack to beat Taran Kozun in the Blaze net.
The home side took some time to find their feet in the game, but the first period break served them well as they came out full of energy in the second.
Swede Kim Tallberg deservedly levelled the game for Coventry on the powerplay at 26.18 and his second via a re-direct put them ahead on 34.36.
The physicality and atmosphere picked up as the middle period which ended with Blaze 2-1 to the good.
Coventry continued to have the better of things early in the third and at 53.52 they took a 3-1 lead via the in-form Alessio Luciani.
Over the past six games, the first-year professional has seven points (five goals, two assists) and his marker on the night was assisted by Tallberg for his third point, earning the man of the match award.
To Dundee’s credit, their heads never dropped, and Jake Elmer made it a one goal game again less than a minute later (54.47).
Blaze weren’t to be denied a much needed home victory, though, and with Kevin Carr pulled for the extra skater, top-scorer Kobe Roth registered his 11th of the regular season to secure the two points.
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