Preseason Friendly Results 2/9/18
COVENTRY BLAZE 4 GOTHIQUES D’AMIENS 2
Coventry Blaze bounced back from Saturday night’s defeat to Amiens to beat the French side 4-2 on Sunday, but needed to recover from two goals down to do so.
Following a goalless first period, Amiens took the lead just 12 seconds into the middle frame thanks to Spencer Edwards.
Just under three minutes later it was 2-0 to the visitors after Baptiste Bruche beat Blaze netminder Miika Wiikman, but Coventry continued to battle and were rewarded in the 27th minute when British forward Luke Ferrara found the back of the net.
Despite chances at both ends, it appeared the game might finish 2-1 as the clock ticked down, only for the Blaze to mount a sensational rally in the closing stages of the third period to snatch victory.
With just 63 seconds left on the clock, Ben Lake scored a dramatic equaliser for the Elite League side before captain Kevin Morris pounced just 12 seconds later to put the Blaze ahead.
Amiens pulled netminder Lucas Savoye in favour of the extra skater in a bid to draw level, only for Justin Hache to fire into the empty net with six seconds to go to secure victory for Danny Stewart’s side.
DUNDEE STARS 2 EHC FRIEBURG 3
Dundee Stars couldn’t make it two wins in a row as EHC Freiburg took victory in a 3-2 overtime win on Tayside.
After a solid 5-1 success on Saturday, Omar Pacha’s men looked to do the same again, but found themselves edged out by the Germans.
Marc Wittfoth opened the scoring on the 25 minute mark, but Matt Marquardt levelled on the powerplay a short time later, with both teams locked at 1-1.
Dundee got their noses in front through Matt Bissonnette, with his second goal of the weekend however Marvin Neher was on target for Freiburg, taking the game into the extra period.
The DEL2 side claimed the result as Nikolas Lisenmaier scored with an unassisted goal a minute and 39 into overtime to clinch it and end the weekend for both teams in dramatic fashion.
FIFE FLYERS 2 TOLZER LOWEN 3 (OT)
Fife Flyers’ pre-season preparations ended in disappointment as Tölzer Löwen took a slender 3-2 win, but needed overtime to do it.
The DEL2 side got the victory they needed in the UK after going down to Manchester Storm on Saturday in a game that was closely fought.
Danick Gauthier was first to find the net when he struck in the opening five minutes to put the Flyers in front.
Aziz Ehliz tucked the puck away at the back post to equalise for the visitors in the second, only to see Bari McKenzie put Fife ahead again.
Another equaliser, this time from Kyle Beach early in the third tied the game, taking it all the way to overtime, where Tölzer took the win, courtesy of captain Florian Strobl, who slotted home on a breakaway.
GUILDFORD FLAMES 7 MILTON KEYNES LIGHTNING 4
A four-goal effort during the second period helped Guildford Flames see off Milton Keynes Lightning at The Spectrum on Sunday night.
Trevor Morbeck’s short handed goal put the visitors ahead after just over ten minutes, but a quick response from the Flames allowed Erik Lindhagen to equalise just 20 seconds later.
Another quick exchange of goals later in the period, first Joonas Huovinen for MK then Kruise Reddick for Flames, saw the two sides enter the first break tied at 2-2.
Guildford took full control of the game during the second period, Reddick completing his brace in the 28th minute before Evan Ritt made it 4-2 just over a minute later.
Ian Watters added a fifth Flames goal on the power play in the 35th minute, with Jordan Abt making the most of the extra ice to score Flames sixth goal in a 4-on-4 situation late in the period.
A short handed goal from Lindhagen further extended the Flames advantage, before Eric Neiley pulled one back for the Lightning.
Owen Griffiths added a fourth goal for the visitors with a little over five minutes to go, but it was little more than a consolation marker.
MANCHESTER STORM 3 EISPERATIN CRIMMITSCHAU 6
DEL2 side Eispiraten Crimmitschau bounced back from Saturday night’s defeat in Fife to beat Manchester 6-3 in Altrincham on Sunday evening.
Vincent Schlenker put the German side ahead after nine minutes with a power play goal, but Dane Byers goal 45 seconds from the buzzer saw the two sides enter the first intermission all square.
The two sides exchanged goals again in the second period, with Marius Demmler scoring for the visitors while Luke Moffat found the net for the Storm, to leave it all to play for entering the final frame.
Crimmitschau reclaimed the lead through Rob Flick in the 46th minute, before Felix Antonie Poulin responded for the Storm just past the mid-way point of the period.
A final flurry in the last five minutes saw the German side pull away however, former Cardiff and Milton Keynes defenceman Carl Hudson finding the back of the net before a quick fire double from Benjamin Kosianski and Schlenker, who scored an empty net goal, wrapped things up for the visitors.