The Devils opened their pre-season campaign with a 4-2 win on Saturday night over Hungarian side Fehervar AV19.
A huge hit by Masi Marjamaki on the opening shift left Fehervar’s Andrew Sarauer frustrated enough to take a 5 minute major penalty and a game misconduct leading to the Devils first goal of the game. Sean Bentivoglio finished off a nifty play from Blair Riley and Gleason Fournier to make it 1-0 on the powerplay at 3:47.
Pictured Below: Man of the Match Marjamaki on the forecheck
The visitors evened the scoreline at 13:36 when Jonathan Harty blasted a shot through traffic to tie the game at one apiece, which is the score that held until the end of the opening 20 minutes of play.
The middle frame saw the Devils score twice, first it was Marjamaki with a nice move in front of the net to finish off a pass from Sean Bentivoglio at 25:50 with another powerplay goal, then Joey Haddad tipped in a shot from Gleason Fournier at 30:45 to give the home side a 3-1 lead.
Pictured Below: Devils get tied up with Fehervar in front of the net
The Devils extended their lead with just under 11 minutes to play when Marjamaki scored his second of the game, again on the powerplay, this time taking the feed from Mike McNamee at 49:01 to make it 4-1.
Less than a minute later, Fehervar pulled a goal back with a powerplay strike of their own when Harri Tikkanen batted in a rebound through the legs of Ben Bowns at 50:30.
Pictured Below: Ben Bowns had a big night in net for the Devils
Fehervar had plenty of opportunity to pull another goal back with a 5 on 3 powerplay in the dying minutes but the Devils were up to task and eventually Haddad sealed the win with an empty net goal 1ith 11 seconds remaining in the game.
Photo Credit: Dave Williams & Helen Brabon