A 4-goal opening period left the Devils cruising to victory on Saturday Night at Viola Arena.
It took just 33 seconds for the Devils to open the scoring when Joey Martin found Sean Bentivoglio for the one-timer that beat Patrick Killeen to give the Devils the early lead.
Layne Ulmer tipped in a shot from Charles Linglet on the powerplay at 7:30 to double the lead, then Gleason Fournier made it 3-0 at 14:16 by picking up his own rebound and beating Killeen for the Devils 2nd powerplay goal of the game.
Adam Goss replaced Killeen after the Devils 3rd goal, but the change couldn’t stop the goals with Evan Mosey making it 4-0 with the first shot on Goss at 18:28.
The middle period saw another 4 goals for the Devils, the first coming from Charles Linglet at 27:10 to make it 5-0. Matt Pope scored the next 2 goals, first at 30:55 then another at 36:13 to put the Devils up 7-0.
Joey Haddad rounded out the scoring after 40 minutes with his blast that beat Goss at 37:25 to give the Devils an 8-0 lead after 2 periods of play.
The final period saw the Devils rolling 4 lines, and conserving energy for the huge game in Coventry on Sunday Night. Milton Keynes changed netminders again, putting Killeen back in the goal for the final 20 minutes. The lone goal for the Devils came at 55:42 when Linglet danced through the Lightning defence to beat Killeen and make it 9-0.
With 47 seconds left to play, James Griffin tipped the puck past Ben Bowns to ruin his shutout attempt and make it 9-1 at 59:13.
The Devils were lethal with the man advantage, scoring on 3 of the 5 powerplay chances they had. Ben Bowns made 20 saves for the win and Linglet led all scorers with 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists).
Photo Credit: Helen Brabon & David Williams