Coventry Blaze U11 @ Nottingham



Coventry Blaze U11 rolled into Nottingham on Saturday 14thNovember on the back of a disappointing result and performances against Sutton. The journey to Nottingham was not the best, due to the atrocious weather, but all players and families arrived unscathed.


The team were greeted by 2 Elite League Coventry Blaze players whilst they were doing their off ice warm up, wishing them luck, which provided some open mouth expressions from some of the young talent.


Nottingham are arguably the best team in the division, and have a great deal of depth. Because of this, the team knew that this match was likely to be the most testing that they had faced to date.


From the first faceoff the lads applied themselves stoutly and admirably. Coventry started very strongly, taking the game to Nottingham, and creating early opportunities to score. Coventry eventually took a deserved lead at 11:43 when Luke SULLIVAN took advantage of a goal mouth scramble to score.

Coventry continued to put the pressure on, making sure that they weren’t caught on the counter, and went further ahead at 13:20 with a goal by Josh KELLY, breaking away, and scoring over the net minders left shoulder.


This goal seemed to inspire Nottingham to come to life, and they reduced the deficit at 14:30 to make it 2-1 to Coventry at the first interval.


The second period again showed some great play by Coventry, who continued to press. However Nottingham posted the equalising goal at 18:09.

At this stage, some players heads may have gone down, but Coventry continued to press causing some mayhem around the Nottingham goal, without any success. Nottingham took the lead at 27:10 in the second period. Still Coventry pressed, and should have perhaps got an equaliser when Joseph TARR, through on goal tried to lift the puck over the leg of the net minder, but was unable to, and the goalie made a save. Coventry were then dealt a blow as Nottingham went into a 4-2 lead, with a goal 8 seconds from the end of the second period.


Coventry came out in the 3rd period, with some fire in their bellies, and reduced the deficit to 4-3 when Captain Charles CONEY scored, assisted by Jake HAYWARD and Barney SARI. Coventry were clearly confident that they could get a result, pressing the opposition, and out shooting Nottingham in the 3rd period. Their efforts did not seem to be affected by penalties against Josh KELLY (Slashing) and Barney SARI (Tripping), but Nottingham scored 2 further goals without response to record a 6-3 victory.


Coventry Blaze Under 11’s should be very pleased with their performance in this match, as it could have gone either way. This performance was a platform for the lads to progress and develop throughout the rest of the season





Charles CONEY


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