Quickfire treble costs Blaze in Cardiff
Three quickfire goals in the middle period helped the Cardiff Devils defeat the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze 5-1 at the Viola Arena in the Challenge Cup on Saturday night.
With defenceman Dillon Eichstadt returning from injury, Blaze travelled to South Wales at full strength. The Devils were boosted by the return of Captain Joey Martin but were without influential forward Mike McNamee.
The visitors took a lead on 11.02 as man-of-the-match David Broll beat GB international Ben Bowns top-corner on the powerplay.
With the man-advantage, Cardiff’s player of the game on his return Martin drew his side level at 14.38.
That’s the way it stayed until 36.14 when Gleason Fournier found himself wide open in front of net, beating Jamie Phillips for 2-1 on a delayed penalty.
It was the start of a horror 62 seconds for Coventry as Bryce Reddick (36.43) and Matt Pope (37.16) on the powerplay made it 4-1.
Again, with the extra man Stephen Dixon via an unfortunate bounce off Phillips’ wrapped up the scoring (45.21) for a final score of 5-1.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, “We were in the box way too much tonight. We were unfortunate with a couple of bad bounces and that mad couple of minutes cost us. We didn’t give up anything five-on-five but in the end, we just had too many guys overworked on the penalty-kill.”