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Devils Fall to SC Bern 3-2 on Saturday Night

Devils Fall to SC Bern 3-2 on Saturday Night

Despite leading after 40 minutes of play, a two-goal third period turned the game around for SC Bern on home ice in Champions League play.

The Devils piled on the pressure throughout the opening period and had Bern on the backfoot early in the game.  The pressure on the home side paid off when Mike Hedden stripped the puck off their defenceman and found Matthew Myers streaking towards the net.  Myers fired the puck top shelf to give the Devils a 1-0 lead at 12:05.  

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Bern tied the game up just over 4 minutes into the middle period when Simon Moser shot the puck through traffic past Ben Bowns at 24:16. Midway through the period, Gleason Fournier saw Joey Martin all alone at centre ice and hit him with a long range pass that sent Martin in on a breakaway.  He pulled the puck to his backhand and roofed it over the shoulder of Leonardo Genoni to put the Devils up 2-1 at 30:48.

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The Devils held their narrow lead into the third period until 44:55 when Gregory Sciaroni tied the game up with a tip off a shot from Eric Blum to make it 2-2 with 15 minutes to play. Bern ramped up the pressure and the Devils were forced to weather the storm in their defensive end but with just under 5 minutes to play, defenceman Roman Untersander blasted a slap shot from the blueline that beat Bowns to put SC Bern up 3-2.

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The Devils gave it everything they had, even pulling the netminder for the final minute, but Bern held on for the 3-2 win to go top of Group G and confirm their qualification into the next round of the Champions Hockey League.

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