Devils over Flames in OT

On home ice the Flames gathered a Cup table point, but had a 3-1 lead only to end up in overtime where Gleason Fournier’s tiebreaker early in the 4th period lifted the Cardiff Devils to a 4-3 win. 


Less than 30 seconds into the evening Cardiff Devils jumped in front on a Stephen Dixon strike.  Back to Back Flames 5 on 3 powerplays shortly thereafter were a good chance to quickly pull even, but Spectrum’s men couldn’t get back to level.  Later in the frame, Travis Fullerton was put to the test when Cardiff Devils were awarded a penalty shot but the effort rang off the bar and the score remained 1-0 through the opening frame.   


A couple of minutes into the 2nd, John Dunbar evened the count at a goal each and in the 26th minute Calle Ackered had the home team in front on a powerplay.  A Corbin Baldwin blast just past the halfway mark made it a 2 goal lead, but a reply by Charles Linglet on a Devils powerplay a little over 2 minutes later pulled the visitors within a single which is where things stood through 40 minutes. 


A little over 8 minutes into the 3rd, Sam Jardine squared it for Devils and that closed the regulation scoring forcing an extra period of 3 on 3 where the Devils banked the extra Cup point at 61:36. 


“It is gut wrenching to lose that game,” admitted Paul Dixon. “We gave it a good run for a lot of the night against a very good side, and to have been in front 3-1 makes it even more disappointing.”


“Having said that, we have to look at the big picture that we did get a point and we have to be pretty happy with what we did out there with a few less bodies than we are used to.”


“We will get back to practice tomorrow and hopefully we will get a guy or two back for the weekend and see if we can move ourselves back into the win column.”


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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