Layne Ulmer was back in the Cardiff Devils team after completing a three-match suspension. Pic: Helen Brabon.

Devils Ready For Lightning Strike After High Five

Cardiff Devils are in the groove and aiming for more trophies.

They have played 10 Elite League and cup matches this season, scoring 45 goals and conceding 18.

Devils hit back from 2-1 down after the first period to win at Ice Arena Wales, scoring three goals in the final period to beat Dundee Stars 5-2 in a League clash.

Joey Martin, Ben Blood, Mark Louis, Mike Hedden and man of the match Joey Haddad were Cardiff’s scorers.

Mark Louis celebrates his goal for Cardiff Devils. Pic: Helen Brabon.

Devils were flying right from the drop of the puck and dominated the opening shift Martin after just 53 seconds linemates Matt Pope and Sean Bentivoglio assisting. 

At four minutes 34 seconds the visitors hit back through Connor Cox, who pounced on a rebound from goalie Ben Bowns to blast his shot into the Devils net and make it 1-1.

Dundee took the lead at 18-01 when Lukas Lundvald skated around the net and fired short side, top shelf to beat Bowns. Stars led 2-1 after the first period.

Charles Linglet on the charge supported by Cardiff Devils captain Jake Morissette. Pic: Helen Brabon.

The lone goal of the middle period came from Devils to tie the game at 24-15. Bentivoglio found Blood powering to the net and the D-man fired between the legs of goalie Pontus Sjorgen to make it 2-2.

Devils and Stars were locked at 2-2 going into third and the home team took control, netting three times with Hedden (43-42), Louis (49-27) and Haddad (56-35) securing a ninth win in 10 domestic matches for the home team.

The Devils took a 3-2 lead at 43:42 when Mike Hedden finished off a perfect cross ice pass from Charlie Linglet then Mark Louis made it 4-2 after Layne Ulmer shook off a Stars defender and found the defenceman at the side who buried it past Sjorgen to extend the Devils lead to two.

Ben Blood scored for Devils against Stars. Pic: Helen Brabon.

Match stats:

Scorers, Devils: Joey Martin 1+0, Ben Blood 1+1, Mark Louis 1+0, Mike Hedden 1+0, Joey Haddad 1+1, Charles Linglet 0+1, Matt Pope 0+1, Sean Bentivoglio 0+2, Bryce Reddick 0+1, Layne Ulmer 0+2, Jake Morissette 0+1.

Stars: Connor Cox 1+0, Lukas Lundvald 1+1, Matt Marquardt 0+2, Drydon Dow 0+1.

Period scores (Devils first): 1-2; 1-0 (2-2); 3-0 (5-2).

Shots on goal: Devils  (on Holland) 12+8+10=30; Stars (on Bowns) 10+10+0=20.

Penalties in minutes: Devils 0+2+0=2, Stars 2+0+2=4.

Special teams: Devils PK 1/1, PP 0/2; Stars PK 2/2, PP 0/1.

Stars of the game: Devils, Joey Haddad; Stars, Pontus Sjogren.

Referees: Matt Rose and Stefan Hogarth.

Attendance: 2,925.

Cardiff now play twice in the next three days, travelling to Milton Keynes Lightning for a Challenge Cup group matches on Sunday (5pm) before playing their final Champions League group match against Swedish title winners Vaxjo Lakers in Cardiff Bay on Tuesday (7.30pm).

Tickets for Devils v Lakers are available. CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE or call 0800 0842 666 between 9am to 5pm.

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Sunday fixtures: Belfast Giants v Nottingham Panthers (4pm), Dundee Stars v Glasgow Clan (5pm), Coventry Blaze v Manchester Storm (5.15pm), Guildford Flames v Fife Flyers (6pm), Milton Keynes Lightning v Cardiff Devils (5.15 pm).

Saturday results:Manchester Storm 5, Coventry Blaze 2; Nottingham Panthers 5, Sheffield Steelers 2; Fife Flyers 6, Guildford Flames 3; Glasgow Clan 3 Belfast Giants 4.

ELITE ICE HOCKEY LEAGUE 2018/19

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM STREAK
Nottingham Panthers 10 7 3 0 14 .700 32 27 156 0-1
Cardiff Devils 7 6 1 0 12 .857 32 14 50 4-0
Belfast Giants 8 5 3 0 10 .625 29 21 91 4-0
Fife Flyers 5 4 0 1 9 .900 22 10 41 4-0
Guildford Flames 7 4 3 0 8 .571 22 18 92 0-1
Coventry Blaze 6 3 2 1 7 .583 18 17 77 0-2
Glasgow Clan 7 3 4 0 6 .429 17 24 94 0-1
Manchester Storm 8 3 5 0 6 .375 19 25 189 1-0
Milton Keynes Lightning 8 3 5 0 6 .375 17 31 149 1-0
Dundee Stars 9 1 4 4 6 .333 22 31 125 0-5
Sheffield Steelers 9 3 6 0 6 .333 22 34 147 0-3

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