Netminder Ben Bowns, Pic: Richard Murray.

Cardiff Goalie Ben Voted Elite Player Of The Week

Cardiff Devils goalie Ben Bowns, a Yorkshireman in his fifth season with the Welsh club, is Elite League Player of Week.

British netminder Bowns gave reigning champions and leaders Devils a massive boost posted keeping back-to-back shutouts and saving 97.59 per cent of the shots he faced over three fixtures.

Devils won all three matches, beating Glasgow, Coventry and Sheffield. They scored 13 goals and concede two. 

“It was a massive weekend for us,” said the 28-year-old Great Britain netminder. “Defeats in Belfast were disappointing, but you have twists and turns in a season when there are 60 fixtures to play. 

“It was never going to be plain sailing. It’s times like that when you pull together as a team. 

Cardiff Devils’ Ben Bowns.

“Any time you win and get a shutout it’s a little bit sweeter for a goalie. But it’s never down to the goalie entirely – the guys in front of me were unreal, blocking shots like they did and clearing rebounds. 

“If it wasn’t for those guys I wouldn’t have got the shutouts. They made my job much easier.

“You start feeling pressure a bit more in those low-scoring games and maybe nerves can be a little more intense, but I stick with the process and know that whatever happens will happen. 

“I can only try to give my team the best chance to win.”

Devils are two points clear at the top of Elite League with a game in hand. That rearranged fixture at Fife Flyers in Scotland is played on Thursday and then Devils return for a home clash with Guildford Flames at the Viola Arena in Cardiff Bay on Friday (7.30pm).

Cardiff Devils coach Andrew Lord.

Elite League fixtures

Thursday, March 7: Fife Flyers v Cardiff Devils (7.30pm)

Friday, March 8: Belfast Giants v Glasgow Clan (7pm), Cardiff Devils v Guildford Flames (7.30pm).

Saturday, March 9: Milton Keynes Lightning v Coventry Blaze (7pm), Nottingham Panthers v Dundee Stars (7pm), Sheffield Steelers v Fife Flyers (7pm).

Sunday, March 10: Dundee Stars v Manchester Storm (5pm), Coventry Blaze v Milton Keynes Lightning (5.15pm), Fife Flyers v Sheffield Steelers (6.30pm).

Sunday, March 10: Challenge Cup final, Belfast Giants v Guildford Flames at the Viola Arena, Cardiff Bay (4pm).

Tickets for the Challenge Cup Final are still available here.

Cardiff Devils 

remaining 9 Elite League fixtures

Four home, five away

March

Thursday 7 v Fife Flyers (away, 7.30pm)

Friday 8 v Guildford Flames (home, 7.30pm)

Saturday 16 v Sheffield Steelers (away, 7pm)

Sunday 17 v Glasgow Clan (home, 6pm)

Wednesday 20 v Glasgow Clan (away, 7.30pm)

Saturday 23 v Manchester Storm (home, 7pm)

Sunday 24 v Dundee Stars (away, 5pm)

Saturday 30 v MK Lightning (home, 7pm)

Sunday 31 v Coventry Blaze (away, 5.15pm)

Belfast Giants

8 fixtures left, six home, two away

March 

Friday 8 v Glasgow Clan (home, 7pm)

Friday 15 v Coventry Blaze (home, 7pm)

Friday 15 v Coventry Blaze (home, 7pm)

Friday 22 v Manchester Storm (away, 7pm)

Sunday 24 v Sheffield Steelers (home, 4pm)

Wednesday 27 v Coventry Blaze (away, 7.30pm)

Friday 29 v Fife Flyers (home, 7pm)

Saturday 30 v Dundee Stars (home, 7pm)

ELITE ICE HOCKEY LEAGUE 2018/19

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM STREAK
Cardiff Devils 51 37 8 6 80 .784 204 130 587 3-0
Belfast Giants 52 38 12 2 78 .750 200 129 647 1-0
Glasgow Clan 53 30 18 5 65 .613 189 161 664 0-1
Nottingham Panthers 54 26 18 10 62 .574 166 170 878 1-0
Guildford Flames 53 27 21 5 59 .557 171 161 638 1-0
Fife Flyers 50 25 19 6 56 .560 163 168 700 0-1
Sheffield Steelers 54 26 25 3 55 .509 160 186 797 0-1
Manchester Storm 53 23 25 5 51 .481 156 183 1094 0-1
Dundee Stars 51 19 20 12 50 .490 144 174 512 1-0
Coventry Blaze 50 21 22 7 49 .490 175 193 661 0-4
Milton Keynes Lightning 51 14 33 4 32 .314 126 199 877 1-0

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