Nottingham Lions got back to winning ways with a 10-2 win over basement team Coventry Blaze.

Missing from Lions line-up was Captain Luke Thomas, the “C” being taken by Elliot Perrin. Also missing from last week, was 17 year old Jake Fisher.

Back into the line up came Connor Glossop, Slavomir Kasprzak and Max Bennett.

Nottingham dominated right from the opening face-off, pinning Coventry back behind their own blue line, facing a barrage of shots from all angles.

Yet it was Coventry, first on the power play late in the second minute. Elliot Perrin sent to the box on a holding penalty.

After having no shots on goal during their man advantage, Blaze were caught having too many men, when Lions cleared up the ice.

Blaze survived until the seventh minute when, after good work from Rob Perks and Dan Hazeldine lead to Slav Kasprzak converting Lions first Goal.

Within a minute, Joe Humphries put an Ondrej Pniok pass away for two-nil to the Lions.

A charging penalty on Blaze Matt Maurice, just before the half way mark in the period, lead to a power play third goal from Elliot Perrin, assisted by Cameron Pywell and Joe Humphries.

Nearly two minutes from the end of the period. Humphries went for holding followed by Coventry’s Dale Buckland holding the stick a minute later.

Only twenty-five seconds into the 2nd period Ondrej Pniok latched onto Joe Humphries rebound, on the power-play, to make it four without reply.

It took a further eight minutes of constant pressure on the Blaze goal before Lions gained their fifth success, this time Sam Jackson scoring from a Connor Glossop rebound.

This goal saw the end of Blaze Netminder Graham Laverick’s game, being replaced by David Roxburgh.

Just after the half way mark of the game Slavomir Kasprzak and Jordan Stokes were sent to he penalty box for interference and roughing respectively. Then with four minutes before the end of the period, Jay McFayden and Adam Andrews had a disagreement, with McFayden getting two for roughing, and Andrews, two plus two roughing and a ten minute misconduct penalty.

Three and a quarter minutes into the final session, Lions score increased to six, thanks to Connor Glossop’s accurate pass finding Slavomir Kasprzak with the second assist going to Max Bennett.

Coventry broke their deadlock in the fiftieth minute, with Matt Maurice breaking away, receiving the puck from Stokes, and unleashing an unstoppable shot past Tom Hovell for 6-1.

Undeterred by this set back, Lions replied within thirty seconds with a second goal for Joe Humphries after work from Ondrej Pniok.

With no shut-out to defend, Tom Hovell left the game, bringing GB women’s international, Samantha Bolwell, in for her home “on-ice” debut.

Dead on fifty-three minutes, Ondrej Pniok’s second goal made it eight-one, Pywell and Humphries the Assists.

Nearly fifty minutes, Sam Bolwell had made three or four strong saves, when Daniel Burton got Coventry's second and their final goal of the night.  With just over three minutes to go, Blaze, Matt Maurice received a two plus ten checking to the head penalty.

Inside the last minute, Joe Humphries completed his hat trick, helped by Dan Hazeldine. Then ten seconds from the end Connor Glossop and Kieran Raynor supplied Cameron Pywell for the tenth and final goal for the Lions.


Monday, 07 December 2015.