From pregame to the final whistle, here's everything you need to know about Saturday's classic game
Layne Ulmer scored once and added an assist to lead the Devils to a 4-2 win on Thursday Night in Fife.
The Devils penalty kill had to be sharp early in the first period after Charles Linglet was called for slashing just over 1 minute into the game. A second powerplay chance came and went for the Fife Flyers with another successful penalty kill on Ulmer’s hooking penalty at 7:49.
The Devils got their own powerplay chance at 13:58 and took full advantage with Joey Martin feeding Evan Mosey at the back door. Mosey finished off the play with a nice shot past Shane Owens to make it 1-0.
A rather quiet middle period looked like it was going to end with the Devils holding on to their 1-0 lead, but with just over 2 minutes to play Marcus Basara tied the game for the Flyers to leave it all to play for in the final 20 minutes.
Fife came out flying in the third period, shocking the Devils with by somehow sneaking a backhand shot past Ben Bowns to take the 3-2 lead just 24 seconds in courtesy of Joe Basaraba.
A beautiful individual effort from Layne Ulmer saw him dance through the Fife defence to tie the game at 46:25 with an unassisted goal. Then at 54:05 Ulmer found Fournier who circled out of the corner and fired the puck through Owens for the go-ahead goal, making it 3-2 for the Devils with 6 minutes to play.
Fife had a golden opportunity to tie the game when Stephen Dixon was called for interference with 2:28 left to play. The Flyers had some great chances and even opted to pull their goalie to give them a 6 on 4 advantage but the move failed to pay off. Eventually Joey Martin broke up the play in the Devils zone and found Sean Bentivoglio who fired the puck into the empty net to make it 4-2.
No rest for the Devils though as they have to travel back to Cardiff to host the Guildford Flames on Friday Night at Viola Arena (7:30pm face-off).
Photo Credit: Jillian McFarlane