A great night at Viola Arena as the Devils put 7 goals past the visiting Glasgow Clan who came into the game tied with the Devils for second place.
The Devils dominated the opening 20 minutes, scoring 4 times, 3 of which were on the powerplay.
Blair Riley opened the scoring after a cross ice pass from Gleason Fournier at 5:00. Joey Haddad doubled the lead with a signature one-timer on the powerplay with Sean McMonagle and Shaone Morrisonn drawing the assists.
Below: The teddy bears rained down after Riley scored the Devils opener
Glasgow defenceman Matt Pufahl was called for cross-checking after the goal went in, so the Devils went straight back on the powerplay and scored again, this time with Fournier and Riley setting up Mike McNamee to make it 3-0 at 14:04. At 17:08, Fournier picked up a pass from Bryce Reddick and cut in front of the goal to beat Patrick Killeen and put the Devils up 4-0 after the first period of play.
Below: McNamee celebnrates after putting the Devils in front 3-0
Glasgow Clan pulled one back at the start of the middle period through Chad Rau at 21:10, but Matthew Myers scored to restore the 4 goal lead at 28:42 with Charles Linglet and Matt Pope drawing the assists on the Devils’ 5th goal.
Below: Myers in front of the Clan goal before putting the Devils up 5-1
Glasgow’s Scott Pitt made it 5-2 at 48:56 with a powerplay goal to give the visitors some life and then at 55:08 Rasmus Bjerrum made it 5-3 with a nice finish to bet Ben Bowns.
But 41 seconds later Sam Jardine hammered a slapshot from the blueline past Patrick Killeen to make it 6-3 for the Devils, then Stephen Dixon scored a 4th powerplay goal for the Devils at 58:09 to round off the scoring, making it 7-3 for the Devils.
Below: Dixon scores the Devils 7th just before getting cross-checked from behind
Special teams were the difference as Cardiff’s powerplay went 4 for 5 on the night, while Glasgow went 1 for 5 with the man advantage. Ben Bowns made 27 saves for the win.
Photo Credit: Helen Brabon & Dave Williams