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The Devils kept pace with the Sheffield Steelers after a hard fought win in Coventry on Sunday Night.
Mike McNamee needed just 62 seconds to open the scoring at the Skydome as his wraparound attempt squirmed through CJ Motte to give the Devils the lead. At 4:50 it was McNamee again with a one-timer from the slot to put the Devils up 2-0 after a great bit of forechecking from Bryce Reddick and Masi Marjamaki.
Below: Mike McNamee scored the first two goals of the game for the Devils
Evan Bloodoff tapped in from Charles Corcoran's feed at 15:26 on the powerplay to bring the Blaze back into the game, which left the Devils holding on to a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
The Blaze were looking more dangerous in the middle frame and deservedly equalised at 34:48 with a rocket from Luke Ferrara to whom the puck broke kindly on a Blaze powerplay - the only goal of period two.
Below: Ben Bowns makes one of his 31 saves on the night
Coventry then completed the turnaround through Charles Corcoran at 49:59, whose shot Ben Bowns got a piece of but not enough to keep it out of the net. Cardiff were however level just shy of two minutes later with a powerplay effort from Gleason Fournier at the point going through traffic and past CJ Motte to make it 3-3 with 10 minutes to play.
Below: Gleason Fournier tied it for the Devils with 10 minutes to play
The game calmed down towards the end of regulation as both teams looked to secure a point, but in overtime it was the Devils who would take the extra one. Blair Riley fired past Motte just 77 seconds into extra time to earn Cardiff an important win and complete a 4-point weekend for the Devils.
Below: Riley's game winning blast that beats CJ Motte in overtime
Photo Credit: Scott Wiggins