Devils win 5-2 over Graz in Champions League action

Devils win 5-2 over Graz in Champions League action

The road win put the Devils to the group H in the CHL.

With Graz starting strong, testing the goalie early, it was actually Cardiff who broke the deadlock. A faceoff win by Matthew Myers saw the puck passed back to defenseman Gleason Fournier who cycled to the middle, shooting through traffic to beat Thomas Höneckl to open the scoring at 5:40. Fournier’s tally proved to be the only goal of the opening period of play as the Devils held onto a narrow lead through 20 minutes. 

Pictured Below: Ben Bowns made 42 saves in the Devils win


It took just 22 seconds into the second period for Cardiff to add their second, Bryce Reddick was given way too much time and space at the right point to grab the second goal, and just minutes later the visitors took even my control of the game. As they threatened the Graz99ers net, Blair Riley tried to tuck in the rebound, but as the puck went behind the net, defenseman Sean McMonagle picked it up and wrapped it around the net for a 3-0 lead to Cardiff at 25:18. 

As the Devils held onto their lead, Graz finally broke through later in the period. A faceoff win in the offensive zone saw a shot deflected in front by Dwight King, beating Ben Bowns to make it 3-1 at 37:18 heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation.

Pictured Below: Devils scoring their opening goal 


After scoring late in the second, Dwight King wasted no time getting back on the scoresheet in the final period. As Graz pressured the Devils in their own zone, King put a speculative effort towards net, which took a bounce off Ben Bowns and into the back of the net to make it a one goal game with just under 17 minutes remaining.

The lead was short lived as a powerplay shortly after saw Cardiff regain their two goal advantage. Sean McMonagle fired a shot from the point and the puck took two deflections on its way to the back of the net, with Blair Riley being the last Devil to touch the puck as they opened a 4-2 lead at 43:56.

Pictured Below: Devils fans cheering their team on for the win


Cardiff added an insurance goal as Blair Riley played a pass across ice to spring Sean Bentivoglio loose, and he found space between the legs of Höneckl to give Cardiff a 5-2 lead with seven minutes remaining and they held firm for the rest of regulation to pick up a crucial three points to go back to top spot in Group H after the first four games of the Group Stage, picking up their first ever win on the road in the Champions Hockey League.

Article taken from CHL website (written by Oliver Hampson)

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