Devils draw with Guildford Flames

The first leg of the Challenge Cup quarterfinal ended in a 3-3 draw in Guildford on Wednesday Night.

The Flames scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game top tie the first leg 3-3 with the deciding second leg scheduled for January 10th in Cardiff.

The Devils grabbed a two-goal lead in the first period, despite having to kill off 4 penalties.  A shorthanded goal from Sean Bentivoglio at 14:33 opened the scoring with Joey Martin getting the lone assist.  Then Matthew Myers came right out of the penalty box to score and put the Devils up 2-0 at 16:48 with Martin and Matt Pope assisting on the play.

Just past the midway point in the game, the Flames were on the board, scoring just as Justin Faryna’s roughing penalty expired, making it 2-1 at 33:11.  The Devils regained their two-goal advantage with 1:08 left to play in the period when Drew Paris blasted in a pass from Joey Martin with Jake Morissette getting the second assist on the goal that put the Devils up 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.

The lone powerplay chance for the Flames in the final period saw them grab their second goal of the night when Ian Watters scored at 50:47 to pull the Flames back to 3-2.  Then Jez Lundin scored less than 2 minutes later to tie the game 3-3 timed at 52:13.

The Devils had a couple of powerplay chances to end the period but failed to convert, finishing the game 0 for 4 with the man advantage, whilst at the other end Guildford were 1 for 7 on the powerplay.

No rest for the Devils as they are back on the road Friday up to Scotland to face the Braehead Clan before returning to Cardiff on Saturday to host the Dundee Stars.

 

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