NOTTINGHAM U11 6 COVENTRY BLAZE U11 3
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
The second period again showed some great play by Coventry,
who continued to press. However Nottingham posted the equalising goal at
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
Spirit of The Game: Cody NURDEN