Sens vs Blaze 21/10/17

The Sens faced the Coventry Blaze, a team who they had not met this season so far and a team who had some close fought
results against the rest of the league and could be dangerous when on their game.

Mark Hartley returned to the Sens net after not being available for the previous weekend and Sens turned out pretty much
a full strength roster. Not quite knowing what to except, Sens went out hard in the hope of getting some quick goals to put
the game out of sight early with one eye on the Widnes game following the day after. This plan went well when Ryan Fraley
managed to sneak the puck just over the line after some good battling in the corner and around the Coventry net, making
it 1-0 after 5 minutes. Lewis Otley then broke foward on a 2-on-1 with the netminder and Blaze defensive over-playing the
pass leaving a gap for Otley to put the puck in and a 2-0 lead. This caused Coventry to take a timeout to try and regain
their composure, for fear of a blowout. This worked as they managed to keep thee score the same despite further pressure
from the Sens team.

In the second Coventry managed to score after just 46 seconds when a floating shot from the blue line managed to find its
way into the Sens net. At this point Sens decided to up the intesity and physicality which worked perfectly and they
managed to domniate Coventry for the rest of the period, scoring two further goals. The first being Nathan Britton with
a well taken goal on a 4-on-4 and then Tom Proctor with only 4 seconds remaining and made the game 4-1.

Any thoughts of the third being an easy one was immediately put to one side when Coventry scored their second after
46 seconds of the puck drop. In previous weeks this could have been the Sens downfall, letting their heads drop and
not fully concentrating on their own game, but this was not the case and it seemed lessons had been learnt and Tom
Proctor scored his second of the night a few minutes later to restore the 3 goal advantage, and then Elliott Knell made it
6-2 with just over 10 minutes left. A delayed penalty goal by Coventry gave them some hope, and them from resulting
face-off they took advantage of a loose puck to slot home their fourth and make it 6-4 and put some pressure on. Sens
now decided that they just needed to ensure there were no mistakes and ride the game out, which they succesfully did
with no further goals being scored by either team.

A good start to the double header, with no injuries picked up and a good way to go into the game at Widnes the following
day. Sens were generally happy with how they had played, although they will hope to shore up the defenses for the
coming weeks as they look to climb the table.

Stats
Mark Hartley – 34/4 88.24%

Graham Laverick – 34/6 82.35%
Joshua Crane – 3/0 100%

Tom Proctor – 2+0 Elliott Knell – 1+2 Nathan Britton – 1+1 Lewis Otley & Ryan Fraley – 1+0
Tyler Nixon, Jonny Bell, Shaun Wild & Tom Humphries – 0+1

MOTM – Tom Humphries
Sens Shield – Jonny Bell

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