Of shots, and shot counts…

Reflecting on last nights Coventry Blaze victory against Sheffield.

Lots of words from the Sheffield camp regarding being mugged, and finger pointing to the mythical shot count scoreboard in the Sky (Dome!).  You know that shot count board that decides the game.  It doesn’t matter how many go in.  The same shot count board that establishes if you win the league or make it to Play off Final weekend; after all, its the number of shots that win you the game – isn’t it?

Of course it isn’t.

Shots are a fair reflection of the game, in football you would use a possession stat to prove this point.  I concede to that. But speak to any football manager about that possession statistic and they will tell you, its one of the biggest nuances in the game when it comes to trying to equate it with winning a game.

Go to Leicester City and ask the “Tinkerman” how his side are top of the Premier League when they consistently, give up possession, and are content without it.  They are happy without it. Sometimes they don’t even want it!  I digress, this is hockey.

The big surprise from last night for me, is the shock from Sheffield that they had so many shots and failed to win a game of hockey.  Its well known Blaze don’t take a lot of shots, but also well known we are happy enough taking less than 30 shots and still remain confident about winning a game of hockey.

Defensively, on our night, there isn’t a better side in the Elite League.  Yes, Stewart is a superb netminder and he gives us a chance to win.  But if you are a coach without one of these types in your net, you have been unlucky with injury (Paul Thompson) or you have recruited badly (No need to fill in this bracket is there?)

Any netminder can stand on his head and shut a team out.  Holt in Braehead, as average as he has been, has been our nemesis this season and done it to us.  Bowns, Murphy, Wiikman, Brown the list goes on of netminders who can shut teams out on any given night.

Pointing at Stewart and moaning he is too good is scraping the barrel a bit.  There is no hiding we can and do ‘ride the guy’ (tip of that hat to Paul Wheeler, I accept that point now) at times, but let me show you Ross Venus’s legs and you will see it wasn’t just big Brian stopping the shots that won us that game last night.  Michael Quesnele came off the ice last night and looked like he had ran three marathons with a heavy back back on. Jordan Pietrus, would skate through a wall if he had to for Brian Stewart.

‘Stewie’ is our last chance saloon, yes, but there are plenty of guys in his bar ready to put their pints down, stick their chests out and defend that same bar.

Was it really such a surprise last night?

Play off Final  – Blaze beat Steelers

Shots on goal – Coventry 20 Sheffield 37 (35%)

Play off Semi Final – Blaze beat Giants

Shots on goal – Coventry 29 Belfast 41 (41%)

Play off Quarter Final in Nottingham

Shots on goal – Coventry 28 Nottingham 47 (37%)

Play off Quarter Final in Coventry

Shots on goal Coventry 36 Nottingham 42 (46%)

The only other two times last season we beat Sheffield last season?

March 1st – Blaze 36 Steelers 42 (46%)

November 29th (Under Goertzen) Coventry 29 Sheffield 54  (34%)

A team doesn’t need to just take the most amount of shots to earn the right to win a game of hockey.  It needs hard work, endeavour and guts before anything else.  Thank God, or maybe thank Weber.


(Picture credits: Scott Wiggins)

#MarchonManchester Master List

Hello people

Please click on the below link at the foot of this message…

It will confirm…

a) You or your party are booked on the coach trip

b) If you have paid

c) If you have asked me for any special requirements

d) If you have booked as a group under one name, please check nobody in your party has booked themselves or appears on their own. This would be bad news.  If that happened, I would feel like Simmsey did when Mark Thomas tripped over the blue line in April.

If you see anything that isn’t right, or missing, let me know.

This is just a master list of bookings.  This isn’t allocation of who is on which coach.  That is the next stage of the process.  Great word that.

Link below, thanks

Manchester Coach





First of all, thanks to everyone for your support.  It should be a great trip.  Its important we are organised so please read the below in full.

Any issues, you have a couple of days to come back to me.

Whatever happens both coaches are leaving at 14:00 hours from outside the Skydome, outside Crosbys on Sunday.  If you are late, we will be gone and you won’t get your money back so please, please get their early. 

This may sounds harsh, but 2pm is the latest we can leave, and I don’t want to upset people as we are hanging around for Joe Bloggs who hasn’t got their in time. We wont hang around, we will be gone.

2pm the wheels turn and we head to sunny Manchester.

In an ideal world, I would like everyone to be there ready to go at 1.30pm, 1.45pm very latest.  I have checked the weather and it shouldn’t be raining so it shouldn’t hurt to stand around for 10 minutes.

On Saturday night before the Sheffield game, I will be sat at a table in Crosbys in the walk up area towards the toilets.  You can’t miss me, great looking guy, cheeky grin and chiselled looks.  I might even make a sign! Anyone who has booked for the coach needs to come and a) pay me if you haven’t already b) get your reciept and coach ticket. 

Cash only please, no cheques or green shield stamps thanks Dee.

I will be there from 5pm when Crosbys opens until 5 minutes before Face off.  I won’t be there after or during the game so this is the time to come and say hello, pay your money and get your tickets etc. This gives you 2 hours to get sorted.  If you have already paid, you still need to come and get your coach tickets..

If you are not coming to the Sheffield game, then please let me know.

There are 2 Coaches.  Each coach has a lead person, who will be close to the front of their coach, ticking off people as they get on.  Therefore get on as soon as you can!  Once everyone is accounted for we can get on our way.

Coach O’Marra – Pink Tickets – The Coach will have a PINK A4 PIECE OF CARD AT THE FRONT WITH “O’MARRA” ON IT.

Please get on this coach if you have a Pink Ticket

I will be the Lead Person.

Coach Calder – Green Tickets – The Coach will have a GREEN A4 PIECE OF CARD AT THE FRONT WITH “CALDER” ON IT.

Please get on this coach if you have a Green Ticket

Katie Lerigo (all being well!) will be the Lead Person

Both coaches are close to being full, so please don’t put your bags on the seat next to you to avoid having someone sit next to you.  Its rude and it will just delay us leaving.  If you want to purchase the seat next to you, there are a handful of seats, send me a message, and I will arrange that for £15 for you.

On the coach there is complimentary booze! Over 18s only!  When its gone its gone, obviously its for everyone, so if you want to bring your own as well, feel free.

There are also going be soft drinks, crisps and “Taylors Butchers” Sausage Rolls.

On the way up and down, there will be something on the TV’s to watch, no idea what yet though.  Least of my worries!

There is no scheduled stop on the way up there, the coaches are luxury and have toilets on, as well as hot water if you want to bring your own stuff to make a hot drink.  So only in emergency will we stop on the way to Manchester.  None of us want to miss face off!

Sounds like a military operation, but we all want to get their without delay, so important we all know the situation and times.

ANY problems please let me know

There are a handful of tickets, remaining should anyone want more.

On Friday there will be a full list of people published on here, together with who has paid, and if they have ordered Under 16s tickets.  I will need people to check this if you get time.

Rob Plaister