Cardiff Devils 7 – 3 Glasgow Clan

Glasgow Clan’s injury and illness list continued to have a bearing on their results as Cardiff Devils took a 7-3 win at the Viola Arena.

Travis Ehrhardt was back after missing the last couple of games, while head coach Zack Fitzgerald was drafted back into action as a result of Scott Tanski, Mac Howlett and Craig Peacock all still missing from the team.

But they were joined by Nolan LaPorte, who was ill and Linden Springer, out through injury, continuing the stretch the resources of the team.

The first period was sign of the long night ahead as Andrew Lord’s side took a lead they never lost and the tone was set from five minutes in.

Gleason Fournier set up Blair Riley for the opening goal, firing past Patrick Killeen in the Clan net and Cardiff were one up on the powerplay.

That became two – again with a man extra – as Joey Haddad smashed in a one-time that flew into the net.

Mike McNamee made it three from three in powerplays as the Devils again took advantage with Matt Pufahl in the penalty box.

The misery of the first period was compounded by a fourth for Cardiff as Fournier picked his third point of the night in a 20-minute session that was one to forget for the Clan.

An early effort in the second showed there was life in the Glasgow players when Scott Jacklin’s shot tested Ben Bowns in Cardiff’s goal, allowing Chad Rau to sweep in the finish.

However Devils restored the four-goal lead as Matthew Myers fired in and by the end of the middle stanza, Clan couldn’t bite into Cardiff’s dominant lead, despite a much better showing.

Glasgow pulled another back in the third on the powerplay as Scott Pitt and Matt Beca combined for the latter to blast in a powerful effort.

Rasmus Bjerrum fired high into the net to reduce the gap to two as the game ticked into the final five minutes, with the hope that, just maybe, Clan might get something out of this.

Needless to say, any such flame was extinguished as Sam Jardine netted, with Stephen Dixon adding Cardiff’s seventh on a miserable night, but one that, despite the final score, still kept the travelling Purple Army proud of the team’s effort.

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