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The Devils were at home Sunday for the second night in a row, this time facing the Milton Keynes Lightning.
The night started with a pre-game banner raising to commemorate last season’s League Title and Playoff Championship, and the good times kept rolling as the Devils dominated the opening period.
It took only 1:40 into the game for the Devils to score, with Charlie Linglet being set up by Layne Ulmer and Jake Morissette to make it 1-0. At 12:28, Mike Hedden danced through the Lightning defence to give the Devils a 2-0 lead, but less than a minute later the visitors pulled a goal back from David Norris at 13:03.
The rest of the period was all Devils with goals coming fast and furious. Jake Morissette was set up by his linemates Ulmer and Linglet to make it 3-1 at 14:04, then the same trio combined for another goal just 54 seconds later, this time Ulmer scoring from Linglet and Morissette.
Matt Pope put the Devils up 5-1 at 16:42 with a slick move through the Lightning defence after a pass from Josh Batch, the Joey Martin scored his first of the night at 19:24 with Ulmer and Linglet drawing the assists on the Devils’ sixth of the night.
Joey Martin started the middle period where he left off, with another goal at 23:46 with Pope and Sean Bentivoglio drawing the assists then Martin completed his hat-trick at 31:25 on the powerplay with Linglet picking up his 4thassist of the night and Pope getting his 2ndhelper of the game.
At 36:16, Joey Haddad set up Bentivoglio who tipped the puck past Patrick Killeen to put the home side up 9-1, a lead they carried into the final period.
The Devils sailed through the final 20 minutes and despite some good chances, the scoreline never changed. Charlie Linglet picked up the Man of the Match for the Devils with his 5 point night (1 goal, 4 assists) and Joey Martin had 3 goals in the win. Thomas Murdy was perfect in his 40 minutes of play, stopping all 18 shots he faced.
Photo Credit: Helen Brabon & Dave Williams