DEVILS SUFFER TOUGH LOSS IN FIFE
Ben Bowns got the start in goal for the Devils while Shane Owen was in the Fife net. Joey Martin and Cody Donaghey remain side lined with injury. The Devils were also without Josh Waller who was injured in last night’s game against Dundee.
The Devils were slow out of the gates and the Flyers took full advantage, building up a two-goal lead after 20 minutes of play. Max Humitz opened the scoring at 3:32 when he was left all alone in front of the net to beat Bowns and make it 1-0. Casey Gilling’s shot through traffic fooled Bowns to give the home side a 2-0 lead at 14:52. The Devils failed to get much traffic in front of the Flyers net and although the shots were 11 apiece after 20 minutes, it was the Flyers who had the majority of the chances.
The Devils came out stronger in the second period outshooting the Flyers 17 to 10. For the majority of the period, the Devils seemed to have the run of play and managed to pull a goal back through Ben Davies at 33:13 set up by Ryan Barrow and Sam Duggan to make it 2-1. It looked like the Devils would head into the final period trailing by a goal, but late in the period, a poor turnover by the Devils resulted in a two on one, then a strange bounce that ended with the puck in the back of the Devils net. The goal was credited to Colin Shirley, giving the Flyers a 3-1 lead going into the third period.
The Devils finally got a powerplay at 43:49 when Stephen Desrocher was called for holding on Justin Crandall as he was driving towards the net, giving the Devils a chance to get back into the game. Instead of a Devils goal, it was a Flyers short-handed breakaway and a goal from Kyle Osterberg at 45:04 to extend their lead to 4-1.
Shane Owen stopped 37 shots on the night while Ben Bowns stopped 26. Ben Davies picked up Man of the Match for the lone Devils goal.
Photos courtesy of Jillian McFarlane