Cardiff Devils 4 - 0 Coventry Blaze
Faceoff: 18:00 - 20/10/13
The Cardiff Devils completed a four-point weekend and confirmed their qualification to the Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a comfortable win over the Coventry Blaze.
It was a dominant performance by the Devils from start to finish, pressurising the Blaze into a series of penalties that eventually proved costly. Cardiff had already had a powerplay goal disallowed due to referee Dean Smith losing sight of the puck and blowing up, but in the 18th minute they finally took the lead. Coventry must have thought they had successfully killed off a series of powerplays but Kevin Harvey had barely stepped back onto the ice when Mark Smith forced his way to the front of the net and flicked the puck home.
A minute later Adam Henrich was sent to the bin for tripping and when on the resulting powerplay Sean Erickson was called for Boarding, Harvey earned himself a 10 minute misconduct penalty for firing the puck in the direction of the referee.
It gave the Devils over a minute of 5-on-3 hockey and after coming close several times, Chris Blight collected the bouncing puck before firing home from a tight angle. 2-0 down, things got even worse for the Blaze when Kevin Harvey continued to shout abuse at the referee from the penalty bin, earning himself a second 10 minute misconduct and an automatic game penalty.
The Devils dominance continued into the second period but were unable to add to the score until the 37rd minute. Great inter-play saw Jake Morissette skate down the left wing before timing his pass perfectly for Andrew Lord to tap in at the far post.
An early Ben Davies goal at the start of the third period all but sealed the result as the Devils started to ease up after playing 3 games in 4 days. Rupert Quiney and Matt Selby then went toe to toe and earned 5 minutes each for their troubles, but despite the Blaze upping their game in the final minutes they could not find the back of the net and Dan LaCosta secured his first shut out for the Devils and a 4-0 victory.