After last week's dramatic events, it was a subdued mood at the Skydome as Coventry Blaze went down 1-3 to Hull Stingrays. Hopes of Blaze retaining the Elite League championship are fading and even making the play offs is going to be a big ask as the team is now stuck in mid-table with the leading sides pulling away.
With coach Tommo suspended, mascot Scorch the Dragon was notionally in charge but seemed more interested in having play fights with Hull mascot Polo. Hull even lacked their disco dancer who normally brightens up the atmosphere.
With suspensions and illnesses, Blaze were seriously short benched and two-way players and other unknowns were brought in. With reserve net tender Murdy away, his replacement brought his homework.
Even the office manager was mobilised on the ice. A rather rotund, middle aged gentleman, it has to be admitted that he has upped his skills and made some good plays.