Cardiff Devils players celebrate a Mike Hedden goal against Fife Flyers. Pic: Jillian McFarlane

Elite Leaders Devils Hit Six Against Flyers in Fife

Fife Flyers 0, Cardiff Devils 6

Cardiff Devils produced one of their best team performances on the road this season when they hit Flyers for six at their Fife Arena home stadium in Kirkcaldy.

Captain Jake Morissette and his Devils dominated a home team who had won 6-2 at Nottingham Panthers the previous evening.

The skating, passing and movement of Devils players left Flyers gasping at times. Morissette’s men kept Fife under pressure all over the ice.

Mike Hedden (2), Morissette, Joey Martin, Evan Mosey and Stephen Dixon scored in Cardiff’s fifth successive Elite League win.

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Morissette opened the scoring after two minutes 18 seconds with Gleason Fournier and Mosey picking up the assists.

Hedden doubled the lead at 13-20, Martin made it 3-0 on a powerplay (22-28) and Hedden scored his second just before halfway (29-45).

Mosey (35-43) added a fifth and Fife were in deep trouble.

With just over three minutes left in the second period Danick Gauthier dropped the gloves with Devils Mark Louis to try and give his team a spark, but Louis answered the call and both players sat five minutes for fighting. 

Devils finished the match on a four minute powerplay after Brett Bulmer was called for a late hit and was then given an additional two minutes penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Dixon completed the scoring with one minute 12 seconds to round off the 6-0 scoreline. 

Ben Bowns stopped all 37 shots faced for his third shutout of the season and was also voted man of the match.

Man of the match Ben Bowns makes one of his 37 saves at Fife. Pic: Jillian McFarlane

Match stats: 

Scorers, Devils: Mike Hedden 2+0, Jake Morissette 1+0, Joey Martin 1+0, Evan Mosey 1+1, Stephen Dixon 1+1, Gleason Fournier 0+3, Charles Linglet 0+3, Mark Richardson 0+2, Drew Schiestel 0+1, Matt Pope.

Period scores (Flyers first): 0-2; 0-3 (0-5;0-1 (0-6).

Shots on goal: Flyers (on Bowns) 13+12+12=37; Devils (on Owen) 14+9+12=35.

Penalties in minutes: Flyers 2+13+4=19; Devils 2+13+4=19.

Special teams: Flyers PK 3/5, PP 0/4; Devils PK 4/4, PP 2/5.

Stars of the game: Flyers, Danick Gauthier; Devils, Ben Bowns.

Referees: Pavel Halas and Toby Craig.

Attendance: 2,435

Captain Jake Morissette opened the scoring for the Devils at Fife Flyers. Pic: Jillian McFarlane

Elite League results on Sunday: Belfast Giants 4, Sheffield Steelers 3; Coventry Blaze 1, Glasgow Clan 2; Manchester Storm 4, Nottingham Panthers 3; Guildford Flames 3, Milton Keynes Lightning 2; Fife Flyers 0, Cardiff Devils 6.

Cardiff Devils remaining fixtures in January

Saturday 12 v Glasgow Clan (away, 7pm)

Sunday 13 v Nottingham Panthers (home, 6pm)

Saturday 19 v Belfast Giants (home, 7pm)

Sunday 20 v v Belfast Giants (home, 6pm)

Wednesday 23 v Sheffield Steelers (away, 7.30pm)

Saturday 26 v Nottingham Panthers (away, 7pm)

Sunday 27 v Fife Flyers (away, 6.30pm)

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ELITE ICE HOCKEY LEAGUE 2018/19

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA PIM STREAK
Cardiff Devils 34 25 5 4 54 .794 137 84 399 5-0
Belfast Giants 35 26 8 1 53 .757 134 81 474 2-0
Nottingham Panthers 39 20 11 8 48 .615 126 119 657 0-2
Fife Flyers 34 18 12 4 40 .588 116 112 471 0-1
Glasgow Clan 32 18 13 1 37 .578 112 105 382 3-0
Guildford Flames 34 17 16 1 35 .515 108 102 442 1-0
Sheffield Steelers 35 17 17 1 35 .500 110 120 471 0-3
Dundee Stars 36 12 15 9 33 .458 93 127 365 0-3
Coventry Blaze 32 13 13 6 32 .500 106 120 399 1-0
Manchester Storm 35 14 18 3 31 .443 99 127 818 1-0
Milton Keynes Lightning 36 11 22 3 25 .347 87 131 672 0-2

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