The weather may have put paid to Charlton versus Cardiff City on Saturday, but it could not stop Coventry Blaze meeting Cardiff Devils at the Skydrome tonight. A sensational match saw Blaze run out 6-4 winners.
The match almost came to a halt in the first period. The Skydrome Arena has something of a reputation for bad ice and desperate running repairs had to be carried out to the playing surface while the game was stopped. One wag shouted out, 'There's better ice outside.' Nevertheless, it did not put the Devils off their stride and they were 2-0 ahead at the end of the first period to the delight of the vociferous Cardiff support, one of whom sported a large wig in honour of Devils captain Brad Voth.
More drama was to come in the second period. With Blaze having turned the match round to go ahead 4-2, the rumble of all rumbles kicked off and the referee was down on the ice in the middle of a mound of bodies. Cardiff man mountain, captain and charm merchant Brad Voth was sent off and although Coventry Quebecker Sylvain Deschatelets was punished for his part in the brawl, he did not go down the tunnel.
Cardiff pulled the score back to 4-4 and Blaze net minder Perras was to blame for at least two of the goals. Blaze supremo Paul Thompson had had enough and substituted the out of form Perras, replacing him by Steve Fone.
This steadied the ship and Blaze powered into the lead and Cardiff never looked like getting back into it as Coventry dominated the last period with some fluent passing and doughty defending.