Blow out anniversary

Devils 8 – 0 Blaze This fixture last year marked the final game in the BBT. The Devils were top of the league but lost to Coventry and thus commenced a losing streak which cost us the title ultimately. There was almost the sense of a controlled experiment to examine…

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Yes, but…

Devils 2 – 3 Blaze (OT) This always had the potential to be a hazardous weekend for the Devils, with their two main rivals playing each other twice, and difficult games of their own against the Blaze and away to the Clan. Ideally the Devils would take 4 points and…

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Embrace the contradictions

Devils 6 – 4 Blaze At one point in this game referee Darnell gave a penalty for Blaze diving and simultaneously Devils tripping. “It can’t both”, everyone in the crowd helpfully informed him. But in that apparent contradiction much of tonight’s game was encapsulated. It was both a great and…

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Christmas baubles

Blaze 3 – 5 Devils There are not many Christmas traditions I’m enamoured of, but one of them is decorating the tree with baubles that see the light once a year, and are added to from various trips. This accumulation of decorations becomes a memory box. Another tradition I’m happy…

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It’s all your fault

Devils 6 – 3 Blaze I’ve written already about my admiration for the gritty, oh-so-very-Danny-Stewart nature of this year’s Blaze team. The game started at a frenetic pace, a Fournier slip (again) led to a Blaze shot pinging off the post, and then a slicing pass through saw a Martin…

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Friendly fire

(It was all about lines tonight) Cardiff Devils 7 – 6 Coventry Blaze (OT) After 5 pre-season games against overseas competition, it has been difficult to judge where this Devils team is situated against EIHL opponents. An impressive 3-2 away win in Coventry on Monday with an understrength team suggested…

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