Red out 2 days away
Posted on 23 January 2012
The Cardiff devils produced a fantastic performance against Sheffield Steelers on Dec 23rd 2011 to book themselves a place in the Challenge cup Semi Final.
The first leg of that massive match is now just two days away. 7:30pm on Weds 25th Jan will see the Belfast Giants return to Cardiff Bay for what is guaranteed to be the biggest and loudest atmosphere ever in the Big Blue Tent.
Tickets are selling FAST and the Devils anticipate a sell-out crowd to see the two fierce rivals go head to head.
Just as in December, Head Coach Gerad Adams and the Devils have called for a ‘Red out the rink’, asking all Devils fans to wear red jerseys, red clothing, anything red in order to blanket the Cardiff Rink with a ‘C of Red’ to fire up the team.
Following the Steelers match in December Adams said the team were ‘looking forward to getting Belfast back here one more time’. The Giants have played very well in Cardiff and conversely the Devils have performed well in the Giants’ home, the Odyssey Arena.
‘They didn’t think they would have to come back here,’ said Adams, ‘it will be a heck of a hockey game when we meet again.’
Giants had the easier run of the two teams to get here, with a far weaker qualifying group in the cup than the Devils, who had to battle Coventry Blaze, Nottingham Panthers (also qualified) and Sheffield Steelers to get to the knockout stage.
The Devils are being flooded with calls for tickets and there look to be several local celebrities in attendance for the match.
Devils are without long term injured players Mark Smith and now Max Birbraer, with Brad Voth looking certain to miss the match too, however Jamie Vanderveeken (pictured) has really boosted the Defence since joining ahead of that Sheffield game last year and with only 8 import players the Devils have achieved an incredible 9 out of 10 possible points in the last 9 days during a gruelling schedule.
From a British player perspective the Devils have enjoyed huge performances recently from all their homegrown players. Cardiff man Phil Hill fired home 2 goals and fellow Welshman Ben Davies the other in a 3-2 defeat of talented Braehead on Saturday, giving the Devils scoring options throughout the roster.
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