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Devils Battle Back in dying minutes but lose in shootout to Flames

Devils Battle Back in dying minutes but lose in shootout to Flames

The Devils scored 3 times in the final 3 minutes to fight back from a 3-0 deficit but ended up losing in a shootout to the Guildford Flames on Sunday Night.

After a scoreless opening period, the Flames opened the scoring on the powerplay early into the middle period.  Ben Davies scored at 21:25 to give the home side a 1-0 lead.  

Pictured Below: Drew Schiestal plays the puck from his knees in the Devils zone

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Brett Ferguson put the Flames up 2-0 with 52 seconds left to play in the middle frame then gave his team a 3-0 lead midway through the third period with his 2ndgoal of the game at 51:34.

The Devils pulled Ben Bowns with just under 3 minutes to play and the gamble paid off with Mike Hedden finally getting the visitors on the board at 57:33 with Joey Martin and Matthew Myers drawing the assists.  

Pictured Below: Mark Richardson battles with a Flames forward in front of Ben Bowns

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At 58:52 and with Bowns on the bench again, Mark Richardson scored to make it 3-2 with Gleason Fournier and Joey Martin assisting on the goal.  Then with 36 seconds to play Joey Martin scored to tie the game at 3-3 with Stephen Dixon and Sean Bentivoglio assisting on the play.

Pictured Below: Joey Martin scored the tying goal and added 2 assists on the night

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With the momentum swung in favour of the Devils, they pressed for the overtime win, but could not find the game-winner so the game headed into a shootout.

After 5 shooters, the teams each had scored twice, but then in sudden death Calle Ackered beat Bowns to give Guildford the win and the extra point.

Pictured Below: Devils couldn't find a way past Flames netminder Chris Carrozzi in OT

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The point earned in the shootout loss will feel like a big point for the Devils after trailing 3-0 with 2:27 to play.  The Devils remain on top of the league standings with a narrow 1-point advantage over the Belfast Giants.  

Photo Credit: John Uwins

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