The Devils first road game in the CHL ended in a frustrating 5-2 loss to Mountfield HK on Thursday Night.
The hosts opened the scoring with a powerplay goal from Tomáš Vincour at 9:41 of the opening period. At 13:14 they doubled their lead with a goal from Lukáš Cingel to make it 2-0, which is how the period ended.
Pictured Below: Mountfield celebrate their opening goal as Matthew Myers looks on
The middle 20 minutes were scoreless but Mountfield took a high-sticking penalty in the dying seconds to give the Devils a powerplay opportunity to open the third period.
The home side killed off the initially penalty but were straight back in the box after being called for delay of game, giving the Devils another 2 minutes on the powerplay to try and pull one back.
Pictured Below: Sam Jardine battles with a Mountfield forward in front of the net
But instead it was Mountfield who extended their lead with a short-handed breakaway goal by Daniel Rákos making it 3-0 at 42:24. Another powerplay goal at 46:27 from Rudolf Červený put the hosts up 4-0 before the Devils finally started to claw back into the game.
Pictured Below: Ben Bowns makes one of his 33 saves on the night
At 52:37 Bryce Reddick scored to make it 4-1, then 30 seconds later, Matias Sointu chose to shoot on a 2 on 1 and found the back of the net to make it 4-2 with 7 minutes left to play.
The Devils opted to pull netminder Ben Bowns in favour of the extra attacker, but the move didn’t pay off and it was Māris Bičevskis who scored into the empty net to round off the scoring at 5-2.
Photo Credit: Stanislav Soucek