Coventry Blaze celebrated ten years at the Skydome tonight with an emphatic 6-1 victory over bottom feeders Hull Stingrays. To mark the move from Solihull a decade ago His Worship the Lord Mayor of Coventry dropped a ceremonial puck on the ice, occupying a mayoral mat for this purpose.
Blaze stormed 3-0 ahead in the first period, prompting an unprecedented early timeout from the visitors. American ace Luke Fulghrum then achieved his hat trick in the second period. By the last period it was possible to bring on reserve net minder Tom Murdy. The ice was starting to cut up by then.
The same noisy group of supporters from Hull with their dancing queen were present as they were a fortnight ago. As Blaze fans chanted 'We are number one', they respomded 'We are number eight.'