Flames absorb heavy defeat at Cardiff
4 consecutive Devils goals in less than 6 minutes across the opening period had the home team in control for the rest of the night during an eventual 8-3 road defeat at Cardiff. Matt Pope converted a powerplay at 11:12. Less than 2 minutes later Sean Bentivoglio made it a 2 goal lead then Matthew Myers and Joey Martin strikes just 44 seconds apart had Cardiff well in command at 4-0 through a single frame. An early 2nd period powerplay for the Flames helped them get one back when Ian Watters beat Ben Bowns, but Tyson Strachan replied not long after to re-store the initial gap with the 5-1 count. A run of penalties ensued including a major and match to Bentivoglio then a string of minors to both sides during which Kruise Reddick scored shorthanded to get the Flames within 3 less than a minute from period close. Unfortunately, as the night seemed to be going for Spectrum’s men, Devils had an answer for everything and another Pope goal, this one just 4 seconds from the buzzer, had the Welsh outfit holding the initial period ending cushion, only now with 40 minutes in the books. The home team piled on another 49 seconds after period re-start with Martin’s 2nd of the evening. A late shorthanded Kevin Phillips strike made it 7-3, but an even later Devils follow up through Gleason Fournier closed the scoring on the 8-3 final.
“Coming off a game like that is a tough way to close out the weekend,” said Head Coach Paul Dixon, “but heading into a full training week we will have to really consider that 5 or 6 minute stretch in the 1st period that put us behind by a 4 goal margin.”
“On most nights you are not going to recover from that, and we know we can’t allow that to happen against any team, let alone the league leaders who don’t need much encouragement to deliver a highly skilled attack on any team.”
“All we can do now is take the lessons from the evening and try to be better the next time out.”