Blaze hit with four unanswered in Devils defeat
Four unanswered goals in the third period gave Cardiff Devils a 6-4 victory over the Genting Casino Coventry Blaze at a sold-out Ice Arena Wales.
The Welsh side opened the scoring early, Scott Hotham registering on the first powerplay of the night at 3.22.
Blaze though came back strong in front of a large travelling support, grabbing a powerplay goal themselves, Jordan Pietrus from close range beating Ben Bowns. A scrum then ensued in the celebration with Andrew Hotham sitting two minutes for roughing on the Coventry Captain.
Two quick goals for the away side opened up a 1-3 lead in the middle period. Man of the Match T.J Syner at 26.07, followed by a snipe from defenceman Marc Cantin on 27.13, his first of the Elite League season.
Cardiff's Matt Myers, who was the night before denied one-one by a tremendous Brian Stewart save, cut the deficit to one (36.46) before Blaze's top point-scorer Barry Almeida registered his 19th point hammering home Coventry's second powerplay goal at 39.30 for 2-4.
With former NHL forward Patrick Bordeleau setting a physical tone, knocking over Blaze goal Brian Stewart before a monstrous hit on defenceman Jim Jorgensen, the momentum began to swing.
Suddenly, Blaze found themselves on the end of four unanswered goals. Gui Doucet tying the game 4-4 with his 17th and 18th goals of the Elite League season (43.17 & 52.30).
Devils Man of the Match, Sean Bentivoglio then hitting the game-winning goal (56.09) and an empty netter (58.58) for a final score of 6-4.
Head Coach Danny Stewart said, "For two periods we were the better team. First period could have possibly been our best of the season. I think we were scared to win tonight. A bad first shift in the third set the tone and we sat back on our heels too often. We got away from what made us successful in the first two periods and it's frustrating. Maybe we haven't won enough to learn how to close out games but we have to find a way to start getting points. It was a way better performance tonight, but we just found a way to lose a game."