Cardiff Devils 2 Glasgow Clan 6

Glasgow Clan picked up their first league win of the season as they inflicted a first domestic defeat over Cardiff Devils in the Welsh capitals.

It had only been six days since both teams met in their league opener and they were at it again at the Viola Arena, with the deposed champions keen to add another two points.

But it wasn’t to be as the Clan got only their second win in 11 visits to this particular building since it opened in March 2016.

Joey Haddad fired an early shot across the bows in the opening minute, but Travis Ehrhardt saw one go just over in response a short time later.

Both sides traded more efforts in the opening period as Patrick Killeen held a Sam Duggan shot, while Ben Bowns denied Mac Howlett’s effort after he was teed up by Craig Moore.

The home side took the lead after 12 minutes as Sean Bentivoglio got a touch on an effort from Matias Sointu and Clan were behind.

It took 71 seconds for Clan to fashion an equaliser as Matt Pufahl found Matt Beca in front of goal, finishing over Bowns and it was honours even.

Charles Linglet hit his shot over as the Devils threatened the nudge ahead again, but he was denied as the defence lines stood firm.

It was an exciting start to the second period as Andrew Lord’s men pressed, with Gleason Fournier denied by Killeen.

But it was the visitors who got the go-ahead goal as Scott Tanski fed Craig Peacock from the behind the net and Bowns couldn’t stop the shot.

Zack Fitzgerald’s men opened up a two-goal lead within a couple of minutes as Linden Springer got the assist for Howlett to score his first goal of the season.

The Devils were reeling and soon they were down 4-1 as Mathieu Roy netted on the delayed penalty to silence the usually noisy home support.

Defensively, Glasgow had to keep things tight as penalties were starting to creep in, but the blue liners were in top form to maintain the three-goal lead.

There was concern over Matt Beca, who had to be helped off the ice after coming up against Josh Batch, adding to the intensity of the night.

But Rasmus Bjerrum was able to get on the scoresheet that left Bowns beaten to open up a 5-1 lead as the points looked to be coming back to Scotland.

Sam Jardine got one back for the Devils immediately as they tried to claw their back into the game, but one more goal added to the joy of the travelling away support.

Matt Haywood was the one to get it, scoring on an empty net to make sure of a great road win for Fitzgerald and his team.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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