Devils Beat Flames 5-2

The Flames pulled even a couple of times but in the end a pair of Cardiff Devils 3rd period goals put a 3-2 game out of reach and the visitors departed after delivering a 5-2 defeat to Spectrum’s tenants.   About halfway through the 1stperiod, a penalty shot awarded to Joey Haddad translated to a goal when he delivered on his uncontested opportunity.  Just over a minute later Kevin Phillips finished a nice set up when he buried the equalizer, but Haddad added another to take the Devils to break up a goal.  Rhett Rachinski pulled the game to even terms again early in the middle set, but a late period Justin Faryna answer had the Welsh visitors holding a slim lead at the close of 40 minutes.  At 48:13 Layne Ulmer moved the Devils in front by a couple and shortly after that Joey Martin completed the scoring when he added his side’s 5th

 
“Cardiff does a great job of taking advantage of their best opportunities, and they certainly deserved to win, but I don’t think 5-2 was necessarily a good reflection of the game,” said Paul Dixon.
 
“At 3-2 we had some really high quality chances and hit a post and could have been even in the late stages of the game.”
 
“We gave a good effort against a very good team who leads the league.  There is no reason to hang our heads tonight, and now we just look ahead to other opportunities coming up this weekend.”
 

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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