After opening their Challenge Cup defense with a win on Saturday, the Devils were brought crashing back down to earth with an embarrassing 8-4 defeat to the Guildford Flames on Sunday evening.
Guildford fed off the packed out home crowd and opened the scoring when Ian Watters beat Thomas Murdy to make it 1-0 at the 16:35 mark of the first period. Just over a minute later, the Devils tied the game with Joey Martin finishing off a pass from Patrick Asselin at 17:21, but with the Devils on a powerplay less than a minute later, Watters scored his second of the night, a shorthanded tally to put the Flames up 2-1 at 18:07 of the first period.
Just over a minute into the 2nd period, the game was tied again courtesy of a Drew Paris blast that beat Brian Stewart in net for the Flames at 21:09. Midway through the period, the home side were back on top when Flames forward John Dunbar gave them a 3-2 lead at 29:58. Again the Devils battled back to tie the game, this time it was a solo effort from Gleason Fournier who went end to end to beat Stewart and make it 3-3 at 32:07. But before the period was out, the Flames Rhett Rachinski beat Murdy at 36:58 on the powerplay to give them a 4-3 lead heading into the 2nd intermission.
The final period was all Guildford, as they scored 3 unanswered goals to put this game out of reach. First it was Tomas Nechala less than 2 minutes into the period making it 5-3, then at 47:26 Ian Watters completed his hat-trick to make it 6-3, then David Lilliestrom-Karlsson scored short-handed at 49:27 to make it 7-3.
Drew Paris pulled one back for the Devils at 51:13, but the Flames had the last laugh with an 8th goal at 55:05 from Carl Ackered. A night for the Devils to forget but somewhat of a wake-up call for the defending league champions who face Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers in league action next weekend.
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