Coventry Blaze moved above Belfast Giants into fourth place in the Elite League table following an emphatic 7-1 win over Edinburgh Capitals.
The Caps were left shorthanded due to the departure of three players announced on the morning of the game and Blaze made that advantage count in the first period.
Ryan Dingle opened the scoring after ten minutes when Adam Courchaine set him up and the forward made the breakthrough for the home side.
Caps goalie Pavel Shegalo and Coventry’s Danick Paquette got involved with each other in a showdown that seemed to give Danny Stewart’s side the momentum.
Two goals in the space of 78 seconds certainly suggested that when Kevin Noble doubled their lead to put them up two up.
Then Dax Lauwers got his first goal for the club after being set up by Luke Ferrara and the home side were in pole position by the end of the first.
Shegalo was replaced by Jordan McLaughlin in the Caps net, but their fortunes didn’t turn around as they would have hoped.
Blaze increased the lead to four a couple of minutes into the second period as Brett Robinson put away a shorthanded goal as Ben Lake sat for high sticks.
The Capitals’ miserable night got worse as Marc-Olivier Vallerand added a fifth before Ferrara notched up a sixth to end a good second period.
Lake made it seven to make the score even more comfortable, but Edinburgh picked one up as Callum Boyd fired in a consolation as the night belonged to Blaze.
PHOTO: Scott Wiggins
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