Justin Kovacs scores the game winner for Panthers early in the final period against Devils. Credit: Panthers Images.

Devils Select Clan For Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals

Cardiff Devils will play Glasgow Clan in the Elite League Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

Second seeds Devils had to wait until number one club Belfast Giants had selected their opponents – Dundee Stars – and then head coach Andrew Lord went with Clan.

The lunchtime draw for Challenge Cup quarter-finals was led by Giants, followed by Devils, Panthers and Guildford.

Devils head coach Andrew Lord. Pic: David Williams.

It was predictable that Belfast would select Dundee because they have to travel for one leg anyway, while Cardiff had the choice of Clan, Storm or Steelers.

When they first three matches were clear Flames were left with Steelers to face over two legs.

Challenge Cup quarter-finals:

Belfast Giants vs. Dundee Stars

Cardiff Devils vs. Glasgow Clan

Nottingham Panthers vs. Manchester Storm

Guildford Flames vs. Sheffield Steelers

Stephen Dixon scored on a powerplay for Cardiff Devils against Nottingham. Pic: David Williams.

Home advantage rights are with the top four seeds. The schedule for quarter-finals will be revealed after playing dates have been agreed.

Cardiff Devils are back in action in the Elite League on Wednesday evening when they take on Fife Flyers in Cardiff Bay.

Head coach Andrew Lord and his Devils endured their worst weekend of the Elite League ice hockey season, losing against Coventry at home and Nottingham away.

Devils were fed up after the home defeat against Blaze after one of their worst team displays this season, while they were edged out 3-2 against Panthers away.

It was the third time the rivals had met this season and all of them have been won by an odd goal, although Panthers haven twice.

Back-to-back defeats over the weekend make it imperative Devils hit back with a win against the Flyers at the Viola Arena.

Nottingham badly outshot Devils 46-20 on Sunday, but a great game from Ben Bowns in net for Cardiff kept them in it to the end.

Panthers scored first when Alexandre Bolduc beat Bowns at 14-36, slotting home a pass from Mark Hurtubise

Stephen Dixon tied the game with a Devils goal (18-29) with Joey Haddad and Charles Linglet drawing assists.

Defenceman Josh Batch was on target for Cardiff Devils in Nottingham. Pic: Panthers Images.

Panthers regained the lead with an early goal in the second, Tyler Biggs converting a Robert Farmer pass (21-31) and that was the only goal of the period.

Bowns, though, was kept busy and faced 16 shots compared to four from the Devils on Michael Garnett.

Despite Panthers pressure, Devils were again able to tie the game, this time courtesy of Josh Batch (43-20) with Linglet and Mike Hedden setting him up.

Only 15 seconds later Panthers were back on top with an unassisted goal from Justin Kovacs to take a 3-2 winning lead.

Devils had their chances to tie the game, including a late powerplay after netminder Garnett was called for delay of game, but they couldn’t equalise, and Panthers held on.

An uncharacteristic performance from Devils, who gave up at least 15 shots against in each period and that was against a good Panthers team who played a sound defensive game to limit opportunities for the Devils.

Cardiff Devils remaining fixtures in November

Wednesday 7 v Fife Flyers (home, 7.30pm)

Saturday 10 v MK Lightning (away, 7pm)

Sunday 11 v Belfast Giants (home, 6pm)

Saturday 17 v Nottingham Panthers (home, 7pm)

Sunday 18 v Dundee Stars (away, 5pm)

Wednesday 21 v Fife Flyers (home, 7.30pm)

Saturday 24 v Manchester Storm (away, 7pm)

Sunday 25 v MK Lightning (home, 6pm)

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