The fire and the fury

Devils 8 – 3 Flames The third game against Guildford in 9 days resurrected memories of the days when every alternate game seemed to be against Coventry. This encounter did not start with the same intensity as the mid-week cup game when the Devils were determined to hit everything. But…

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Breathless in the Bay

Devils 6 – 2 Flames This challenge cup quarter final had been perfectly set up with a 3-3 away draw in the first leg, and then overtime defeat at Guildford on Saturday. This had ended somewhat bizarrely with Toms Rutkiss being awarded Man of the Match, when he hadn’t played…

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Christmas feasting

Faced with some 14 days at home over the Christmas period, only a limited number of PlayStation options, and only so much booze and food that can be ingested, my daughter and I sought to stare down the winter blues with a surfeit of ice hockey. From the 8-1 thrashing…

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Accelerated learning

Davos 10 – 1 Devils Via Luton and Zurich we travelled to the beautiful alpine resort town of Davos to see the Devils first CHL game. I’ve heard people who grew up in the valleys during the coal mining era talk of holidays to Butlins in Barry Island as a…

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Euro-lite

Devils 6 – 2 Krefeld If last night’s game was useful but difficult to discern much from, this game provided a greater measure of the Devils team, and one they passed impressively. Krefeld may have only won 11 games last season but they are still a DEL team, a superior…

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Aladdin sane

Devils 5 – 0 Clan The Devils started with Murdy in net and Lord on the bench. The Clan are still recruiting and only had 8 imports and played with a bench of 16 including 3 youngsters, so this was never going to be an even match. The Devils lines…

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Early signs

Devils 3 – 2 Panthers (SO) After an away win against the Panthers last night this was the first time to see the new Devils team on home ice. And, by the way, yayyyy, hockey is back! Murdy started in net the previous night and impressed, earning MOM (and at…

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Devils season preview

This has been an interesting exercise in balancing the success of last season with the demands of renewed challenges from rivals, the challenges of the new conference system, retirements of existing players and the new rules on squad formation. With the Devils, Giants, Steelers and Panthers in the same conference,…

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A dangerous game

After much wrangling, rumour and brinkmanship, the new conference system for next year has been agreed. The arrival of two new teams (Milton Keynes & Guildford) always meant the current conferences would need rejigging. Astonishingly, having agreed unanimously to the new teams, this consequence seemed to have come as a…

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2016-17 review

After stumbling in the final run-in for the past two seasons, there was some mumbling around Cardiff whether they were a team of chokers, and whether Lord had the coaching wherewithal to finally end Cardiff’s 20 year league drought this season. Generally fans were behind him and the owners, there…

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