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Devils shut out Panthers 2-0 on Sunday Night in Cardiff

Devils shut out Panthers 2-0 on Sunday Night in Cardiff

The Devils Brit pack were the stars of the show on Sunday night at Viola Arena.

Goals from two 21 year old Brits, Sam Duggan and Toms Rutkis, led the way and GB netminder Ben Bowns shut out the Panthers for the 2-0 win in pre-season action.

Below: Ben Bowns backstopped the team to their first shutout of the season

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The Devils had a couple of powerplay opportunities in the first period, but the Panthers penalty killing was on top form and Kevin Carr made some key saves for the visitors to keep the score tied at 0-0. 

Below: Blair Riley's one-timer is stopped by Kevin Carr

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After a scoreless opening period, the Devils finally broke the deadlock when Duggan opened the scoring at 25:35 with an impressive finish set up by Matthew Myers and Masi Marjamaki.  

Below: Duggan gets the final touch on the opening goal 

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The Devils had to do some penalty killing of their own midway through the period, and Bowns was tested but came up with save after save to keep a clean sheet.

Below: Mike McNamee motors up the ice

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With just under 2 minutes to play in the period, Toms Rutkis doubled the Devils lead taking a nice pass from Joey Haddad to put the home side up 2-0 after 40 minutes of action.

Below: Toms Rutkis celebrates his goal with Joey Haddad

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Two more powerplay chances in the final period for the Devils, but they could not find a way to add to their lead and had to settle for the 2-0 win. Sam Duggan picked up the Man of the Match for the Devils and Ben Bowns recorded his first shutout of the season. 

Below: Sam Duggan with a Man of the Match performance

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Next up for the Devils is MAC Budapest next Sunday at Viola Arena (6pm face-off) - CLICK HERE FOR for tickets.

Photo Credit: Helen Brabon

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