Updates have been pretty rare on here of late and the flow of posts has dried up. When I started the blog I had hoped that I would quickly be able to get a group of contributors together to collaborate on producing regular Devils / EIHL content. With the exception of @cardiffdevilfan, who has been super reliable and committed in helping get the blog of ground, despite our best efforts, we were unable to tempt anyone else to contributing.
So what does that mean for the Devils Diary? Well it means I/we aren’t going to be able to run it to the depth and amount of content which I had anticipated so we’re going to take a step back from posting until a time when there are more fans keen to get involved.
Box score: 2-1, 1-2, 0-2
Ben Bowns 16 saves; Jackson Whistle 31 saves
Power play: Devils 2/7; Clan 3/6
Joey Martin 1 G, 2 A
Andrew Hotham 1 G, 1 A
Justin Faryna PIM 7
Belfast Giants fought back from an 2-0 deficit to snap a three-game losing streak and leave the Devils empty-handed in the first meeting of the season between the two sides.
The Devils were unable to capitalise on two separate 5-on-3 powerplays whilst the Devils penalty kill was breached on three occasions.
The Devils, without a game tonight, immediately turn their thoughts to their final CHL fixture and are preparing to travel to Sweden. Belfast face Coventry Blaze tonight.
Here’s @cardiffdevilfan‘s report:
1st period- 2-1
Devil wasted no time continuing their goal scoring success as Asselin (Haddad, Martin) puts is pass Whistle only 40 seconds in. They maintained their dominance as they kept the pressure on and controlled the game. This lead to a 5-on-3 as Riley and Saviano both sat in the box for 2. Of course the Devils didn’t waste this opportunity as Martin was left with acres of space in front and buries it (Hotham at 7:45). While the Devils relaxed a bit, the Giants were determined to score as they landed so good hits as well as zone time. Then, Reddick got called for interference and the stage was set. Jarrett finds himself at the point unmarked and puts it behind Bowns, halfing the Devils lead.
2nd period- 3-3
The curse of the 2nd period struck once again for the Devils as they seemed to struggle from passing to shooting. However they did start of positively with Hotham (Martin, Morissette) taking charge and getting the Devils 3rd goal at 22:39. The problems soon set in as Bentivoglio misses 2 wide open empty nets, keeping the score 3-1. The Devils would soon regret this missed opportunity as the Giants started to creep their way back into the game. Their 2nd goal took some deliberating from the refs as it goes off a skate, but it was allowed, making it 3-2. Things looked up as the Devils had a good period of pressure but once again managed not to score. Just as it looked like the the period would end with the Devils ahead, the Giants equalised after a bad turn over front he Devils behind the net. The period ended 3-3
3rd period- 5-3
Things only got worse in the 3rd for the Devils. Louis took a penalty for holding at 43:47 and the Giants once again used this opportunity. Shields put them in front for the first time in the game, leaving the Devils with more pressure to score. One way the Devils looked to turn things around was by getting physical. The first to drop their gloves was Batch and Kurtz, batch with the takedown. However it didn’t stop there. After a good hit from Martin and Faryna, a scrap developed with both Faryna and Connolly dropping the gloves. Riley then got a game misconduct for 3rd man in and Lord got 2 for roughing, somehow leaving the Devils on a penalty kill. This time, the Devils were able to kill it off. It looked like the perfect chance to equalise as Devils earned themselves a 5-on-3 but the Giants defence remained strong, keeping the score 4-3. The game proved to be out of the Devils reach as Sylvestre scored the Giants 5th goal of the night.
It proved a frustrating night for the Devils as they were unable to put away a lot of chances. They look to regain some confidence on Wednesday against Vaxjo, although it might have to wait until the weekend.
Highlights & Post-game(Courtesy of Ice-Time TV of course)
Saturday / Sunday
MAN 2 vs. MKL 3
FIF 7 vs. BRA 1
EDI 7 vs. DUN 2
BEL 5 vs. CAR 3
BEL vs. COV 5:15 PM
MKL vs. MAN 5:30 PM
GUI vs. FIF 6:30 PM
You may or may not be aware that the Devils played on Tuesday, we reckon they might have won. Tonight they return to what will be (or at least very, very close to) a sold out IAW for our first clash of the season with the Belfast Giants.
This will be our only game of the weekend before the team heads to Sweden for their final CHL fixture with Vaxjo having a score to settle with us.
This, our bread and butter of the EIHL, has to be our priority though and it could be a pretty good team to face the Giants, who’re yet to record an EIHL win on the road so far this season and are coming off back to back losses against Nottingham and Manchester.
It’s very early days of course so the form book still doesn’t mean too much but the fact three of their players (Goulakos 50 PIM, Vandermeer 39 PIM and Sylvestre 32 PIM) are in the league’s top-five for PIM tells you that they’re gonna present a physical test and when we get on the ice, we quickly need to put Tuesday’s famous win right to the back of our minds. We’ve shown we can compete with the very best in the EIHL (and Europe!) but we’ve also shown this season that we’re capable of coming unstuck and that things can unravel fast – this is simply a game which cannot be taken lightly.
LW Matt Pope is again expected to be injured whilst C Paul Crowder will sit this one out despite icing in the CHL on Tuesday; he completes the final game of his three-game domestic suspension for slashing.
So, you know we need more people to help out with the blog, right? You know how we should’ve put up a ton of content on arguably the team’s finest ever result, right? You know how we said we were going to post a statistical breakdown of the game, right?
Well here’s a selection of some of the best reaction we’ve seen appear on social media since last night’s epic win…
LISTEN NOW – Forward Joey Haddad says he is 'honoured' to be a part of a Cardiff team that has achieved so much: https://t.co/JbgeSoGwwX
Box score: 2-0, 1-0, 2-0
Ben Bowns 23 saves; Ryan Nie 21 saves
Power play: Devils 0/2; Clan 0/2
Mark Richardson 2 G, 1 A
Ben Bowns stopped all 23 shots
Josh Batch 1 G, 1 A
Jake Morissette 0 G, 2 A – total 201 EIHL points
Mark Richardson scored twice and Ben Bowns recorded a second shutout in four days as the Cardiff Devils continued to regain their composure with a convincing win over visiting Braehead Clan.
The Devils busy schedule continues on Tuesday night as the CHL returns with the visit of Vaxjo Lakers to the IAW.
Vaxjo are 5-0-0 in the Swedish SHL following their 3-1 against Frolunda last night.
From the off the Devils looked to have shaken off the troubles of last week. In fact, it only took 3 minutes for the Devils to capitalise, as Batch gets his first goal of the season on a rebound from Richardson. The game ramped up after this with both teams landing some big hits. After a massive hit from Lord in the Clan zone the Scots went looking for revenge. This lead to Louis dropping the gloves this time against Doty. Shortly after, Benti took advantage of a mistake from the Clan, putting the Devils up 2-0. Nie continued to be impressive and pulled off more big saves. The Devils gained a powerplay late on in the period and despite not increasing their lead, it looked more promising than last week
Devils started this period on a penalty kill as Paris finished off the 1st in the box for interference. However, this didn’t discourage the Devils as Bowns remained strong in net. The Devils enlarged their lead as Richardson puts the puck behind Nie off a smart pass from Paris (Morissette).
Another successful PK from the Devils demonstrated that this special team was working more effectively than last week. There was fast and furious passing interchanges from the Devils but they couldn’t extend their lead. The defence looked solid and the clan offered little by way of scoring opportunity.
Unlike previous games, the Devils did not weaken as the game went on. Richardson (Batch, Moore) also continued his dominance as he bagged his second goal of the night at 43:19. It was a night for the defenders as that also put Batch’s tally up to 2 points that night. Clan had a small period of pressure where they looked for their first of the night. This proved fruitless as Paris and the other D-men remained strong in front of the ever reliable Bowns. The Devils weren’t content with 4 goals though as Hotham (Paris, Bentivoglio) buried a 5th goal at 45:47. Despite the clans best efforts they could not get past GB’s number 1 Ben Bowns as he earned himself his second shutout in a row.
The Devils look to continue this form as they face their final CHL opponent, the Vaxjo Lakers, in Wednesday. This performance has finished off a good week taking the maximum points available.