Devils better Blaze on their special night
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze were beaten 4-1 by the Cardiff Devils in the Premier Sports Challenge Cup at Ice Arena Wales on Saturday.
The score-line doesn't reflect what was a back-and-forth contest for the most part, with the Devils taking over in the final period of the game.
Celebrating their 35th anniversary, the Devils took a lead through Trevor Cox who batted home a rebound from a C.J Motte save at 4.31.
The Blaze began the second period strongly and were rewarded when defenceman and Man of the Match Dillon Eichstadt scored with a shot through traffic on the powerplay at 21.32.
Coventry had netminder Motte to thank as the second period ended with the score tied 1-1, the American coming up with a number of top-level saves in the latter stages of the period.
The momentum continued for the Devils into the third and Motte was finally beaten again by Stephen Dixon who converted Brenan Mikkelson's clever no-look pass to give Devils the lead at 42.39.
With Motte continuing his fine form, Blaze continued to be a danger at the other end with Mathew Thompson particularly influential in Coventry's attempt to tie the game.
It wasn't to be for the away side, though, as Josh Lammon put home a loose puck at 57.43 before Brodie Reid scored into the empty net at 59.26 for a final score of 4-1.
The two teams meet again in the cup at the Skydome Arena on Sunday (5.30pm).