Blaze beaten by Devils on Halloween night
The Cardiff Devils scored four goals in the first period to help themselves to a 5-2 victory against the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze in the Premier Sports Challenge Cup on Halloween night.
Warning signs came early for the Blaze when Cardiff had a goal wiped out after Sam Duggan collided with Blaze netminder C.J. Motte behind the net.
The Devils were then able to take the lead when Justin Crandall fed Stephen Dixon who finished well past Motte at 5.17.
The second and third came in quick succession with Cole Sanford scoring a pair at 8.39 and 9.10. Great Britain defenceman Ben O'Connor registering an assist on each.
Following a time-out, Blaze were able to steady themselves but Josh Waller all but put the game to bed before the first period was done making it 4-0 at 14.37.
Captain Justin Hamonic was ejected from the game at 19.39 following a big mid-ice hit (interference) which lead to a large scuffle in the corner. Cardiff's Brendan Mikkelson also received a 2+2+10 penalty.
Early in the second period, Devils defenceman Mark Louis was also chucked from the game for boarding Blaze forward Mathew Thompson who did not return following the hit.
Try as they might, Coventry weren't able to capitalise on the five-minute powerplay with Devils netminder Taran Kozun standing strong.
Crandall made it 5-0 on 36.04, ending the night for Motte who was replaced by Brit Jordan Hedley.
Coventry made a spirited attempt at a fight back in the third with Finnish forward Janne Kivilahti scoring from a Johnny Curran saucer pass at 41.19 on the powerplay.
Man of the match Ryan Penny then scored again on the man-advantage, putting home a rebound at 53.46.
Further chances came for the Blaze but Kozun wasn’t to be beaten again as the Devils skated away with the two cup points.
To qualify for the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup, the Blaze must now better the record of the Manchester Storm.
The Storm, who currently have no points in the competition, face the Nottingham Panthers home (14th November) and away (7th November) to end their campaign. The Blaze have one more chance to add to their current two points against the Devils away from home on Saturday 6th November.