Devils take 5-2 Cup win
After an early 3rd period tying goal for the Flames, the Cardiff Devils replied with 3 of their own to depart Spectrum on the back of a 5-2 Challenge Cup win over Surrey’s team.
A little over 5 minutes into the evening a pair of Devils minor penalties put them down 2 men and the home team made it count when Calle Ackered blasted a Kruise Reddick delivery for a 1-0 lead. The Devils replied shortly after, however, when a turnover opened up a 2 on 1 that saw the initial shot stopped, but Jake Morisette was on hand to bury the rebound and the period timed out with the teams on even terms.
Just under 7 minutes into the middle frame the Devils powerplay put them in front when a hard ricochet off the end boards was immediately slammed home by Sean Bentivoglio and the Welsh gang carried the slim margin into the final set.
Just 11 seconds after re-start Kevin King threw a puck on net that was re-directed beyond Ben Bowns, levelling at 2 apiece, but about 5 minutes later Mike Hedden wired a close range high wrister that turned out to be the winner. A run of 4 on 4 play was the opening the visitors used to double the difference when Joey Martin converted the 2 on 1 feed about 8 minutes out, and they completed the result with the final strike thanks to perfect execution by Matthew Myers on a clear shorthanded breakaway in the 16th minute.
“It is a tough night to lose like that when the game was tied with about 15 minutes to play,” explained Paul Dixon.
“Having said that, there are nights when you just have to say the other team was better than you, and certainly Cardiff was.”
“They have an incredibly and deeply talented team. They are fast and physically strong, and they secure their own end very well. They get sticks in lanes, they cut off ice, they check hard and they are just generally very difficult to penetrate when you are trying to attack.”
“Even on the powerplay, a situation we saw a lot of tonight, we were not able to get the same number and quality chances that we often see.”
“Cardiff are the kind of team that you really need to be playing with a lead because if you are trying to recover a deficit your chances get pretty slim, pretty fast.”
“We are not going to sit here and feel sorry for ourselves. We will pick ourselves up now and take another crack tomorrow night when Nottingham Panthers arrive.”