Wednesday February 7th, 2018 will be remembered as one of the greatest comebacks in the history of this club.
Facing a mountain to climb going into the game, the Devils needed to win by 5 goals to advance to the Challenge Cup Final on Sunday March 4th.
So they went out and won by 6.
The opening goal came at the 6:25 mark of the first period on the powerplay when Matthew Myers backhanded a puck through Ervins Mustukovs after Sean Bentivogilio somehow stripped the puck off the Steelers defender. But the Steelers came straight back with a powerplay goal of their own through Eric Neiley at 7:26. At 10:19, the Devils took the 2-1 lead after a nice tip by Layne Ulmer from a Matt Pope shot for the Devils 2nd powerplay goal of the night.
Matt Pope blasted home another powerplay goal just 31 seconds into the middle period that looked to be touched by Ulmer, but Pope was confirmed as the goal scorer that put the Devils up 3-1. Midway through the period, Justin Faryna put the Devils up 4-1 on the night, which pulled them within a goal of the aggregate scoreline. You could feel the crowd ready to explode as the Devils pressed for the 5th goal, but it didn’t come, and the Devils trailed by a single goal on the aggregate scoreline after 40 minutes.
It took less than a minute to pull the Devils even on aggregate as Paul Crowder scored just 45 seconds into the final period. 20 seconds later, Patrick Asselin wrapped the puck around the net to score and put the Devils up by a goal overall and 6-1 on the night. Then a minute and a half later the Devils powerplay went back to work with Bentivoglio scoring at 42:36 with Morissette and Ulmer setting him up for the goal that put the Devils up 9-7 on the aggregate scoreline (7-1 on the night).
The game finished that way, with the Devils skating away with a 7-1 victory on the night, good enough to win the two-legged semi-final and advance to the Challenge Cup Final on Sunday March 4th, 2018. An historic comeback for the Cardiff Devils, and one that will live in the memories of every person in attendance for a long, long time.