Celebration time for Cardiff Devils. Pic: Richard Murray.

Coach Lord Proud Of His ‘Supercharged’ Cardiff Devils

Cardiff Devils, named Wales sports team of the year winners for a second year, celebrated with an Elite League home win.

In other midweek matches both leaders Belfast Giants and Sheffield Steelers suffered defeats. 

Giants went down 6-4 at Dundee Stars and the two points for Devils leaves them one point behind top spot with a game in hand.

“The boys brought it tonight,” said coach Andrew Lord. “It was fun. I’m proud of the players to a man.

“They brought it physically, mentally, emotionally. Super charged from start to finish. We were not going to be denied.”

Drew Shiestel returned to action for Devils following the departure of Justin Faryna, while Mark Richardson is close to playing again but Lord is giving him a little extra time.

Man of the match Gleason Fournier. Pic: Richard Murray.

Gleason Fournier was man of the match and Lord said: “He was incredible.

“When you see the way he played against Flames it’s difficult to see how he is not in North America at an extremely high level.

“An unbelievable skater who added physicality, intensity and a willingness less to get the job done.”

Devils were forced into overtime for a third successive match and it was Gleason Fournier who scored the winning goal.

Flames led 3-1 just after the halfway mark before the home team hit back to win.

Head coach Andrew Lord’s Devils were one of three teams nominated for the BBC Team of the Year award, along with the Welsh Commonwealth Games squad and Cardiff City FC. 

“This is an incredible honour to even be nominated,” said Devils Welsh forward Matthew Myers. “We won last year and didn’t expect to win again.

“We know we had another great season and it feels as though teams are gunning for us in 2018-19. But we are at it every day trying to keep our title and we would love to be up here again next year.”

Almost 3,000 spectators were at the Viola Arena for Guildford’s visit and Flames were given an early boost when a penalty was called against the home team for a face-off violation 13 seconds into the game.

Flames made it 1-0 on the powerplay with Jesse Craige scoring at two minutes 13 seconds just as Matt Pope was about to step back onto the ice.

Devils made it 1-1 with a powerplay goal of their own when Layne Ulmer fired the puck top shelf over the shoulder of goalie Chris Carrozzi at 26:27.

Four minutes later Flames were back in front thanks to an impressive individual effort from Kruise Reddick, who danced around a Devils defender and fired the puck low past Ben Bowns to give the visitors a 2-1 lead at 30-42.

Two minutes later the visitors extended their lead when Evan Janssen fired in (32-46). 

Charles Linglet (34-20) and Joey Martin (45-52) scored for Devils with Pope playing a big role in that third period strike.

With a Flames defender holding the puck, Pope threw a big hit on him, battled to win possession and found Martin all alone in front.

He fired low past Carrozzi to tie the game up at 3-3.

Man of the match Fournier scored the winner with 36 seconds of overtime left when he fired a wrist shot through traffic from the blueline that beat Carrozzi to give the Devils a 4-3 win.

Match stats:

Scorers, Devils: Layne Ulmer 1+0, Charles Linglet 1+0, Joey Martin 1+0, Gleason Fournier 1+2, Matt Pope 0+2, Mike Hedden 0+1.

Flames:Jesse Craige 1+0, Kruise Reddick 1+0, Evan Janssen 1+0, Kevin King 0+1, Brett Ferguson 0+1, Corbin Baldwin 0+1, Evan Pitt 0+1.

Period scores (Devils first): 0-1; 2-2 (2-3); 1-0 (3-3); 1-0 (4-3).

Shots on goal: Devils (on Carrozzi) 11+23+9+4=47; Flames (on Bowns) 16+9+4+1=30.

Special teams: Devils PP 6/6, PK 1/7; Flames PP 6/7, PP 0/6.

Stars of the game: Devils, Gleason Fournier; Flames, Chris Carrozzi.

Penalties in minutes: Devils 10+2+2=14; Flames 6+4+6=16.

Referees: Stefan Hogarth and Matt Rose.

Attendance: 2,886.

There were 24 goals in three games on Wednesday night as Stars shocked Giants, Clan defeated in-form Steelers and Devils won by the odd goal in seven.

Dundee Stars 6, Belfast Giants 4

Dundee extended their winning run to five games, while Belfast suffered a second successive defeat.

Giants led twice in Scotland, while the score was 2-2 going into the third. That final 20 minutes belonged to the Stars, they opened a 6-3 lead and Francois Bouchard completed a hat-trick.

Glasgow Clan 5, Sheffield Steelers 2

Coming off the back of a win over league leaders Belfast, Steelers were full of confidence going into Glasgow. But Clan moved to within a point of them with their third win in five.

The home team led 4-0 going into the final 11 minutes and Glasgow held on for victory.


Belfast Giants 24 18 6 0 36 .750 93 52 330 0-2
Nottingham Panthers 26 16 7 3 35 .673 85 73 422 5-0
Cardiff Devils 23 16 4 3 35 .761 95 64 241 1-0
Fife Flyers 24 13 7 4 30 .625 85 81 323 1-0
Guildford Flames 23 13 9 1 27 .587 81 73 303 0-1
Sheffield Steelers 25 12 13 0 24 .480 77 85 377 0-1
Glasgow Clan 22 11 10 1 23 .523 67 77 282 1-0
Coventry Blaze 22 8 9 5 21 .477 72 82 330 0-6
Dundee Stars 23 7 9 7 21 .457 61 81 262 5-0
Manchester Storm 23 8 12 3 19 .413 62 83 688 0-5
Milton Keynes Lightning 23 7 14 2 16 .348 56 83 503 1-0

TICKETS – You can still buy tickets for Devils home game ONLINE HERE or by calling 0800 0842 666 or in person at the reception desk at VIOLA ARENA.

Devils remaining fixtures in December:

Sunday 9 v Belfast Giants (away, 4pm)

Friday 14 v Glasgow Clan (home, 7.30pm, Challenge Cup)

Saturday 15 v Manchester Storm (away, 7pm)

Thursday 20 v MK Lightning (away, 7.30pm)

Saturday 22 v Dundee Stars (home, 7pm)

Sunday 23 v Guildford Flames (away, 6pm)

Wednesday 26 v Coventry Blaze (away, 6pm)

Thursday 27 v Coventry Blaze (home, 7pm)

Sunday 30 v Guildford Flames (away, 6pm)

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