Devils 8 – 1 Giants
After two (understandably) lacklustre performances the Devils looked to come back tonight with vengeance. Ben Bowns was back in the line-up along with Strachan and Martin proving that the Devils were getting playoff ready. This game also came a ref short as it was only Hogarth on the ice and Smith sat this one out.
The Devils got off to their usual good start only taking 3 minutes to score as Martin didn’t hesitate to put his mark on the game. This goal came on a power play after Goulakos got called for interference. Then came time for the Devils own penalty kill unit to shine once again when Paris got blown up for cross checking. This (as usual) posed no problem to their net. As the tables began to turn in the Devils favour once again Truehl proved the biggest obstacle this period. Despite the Devils best efforts, he pulled off some amazing saves to keep it 1-0.
The second period picked up as the Giants looked for a way to get on the scoreboard. While not able to get past Bowns, they did delay the Devils offence from getting to work … for 7 minutes. After a questionable hit from Martinelli, he sat for boarding, which gave the special teams another chance to double the lead. And they did exactly that. Captain Mo took the opportunity on the rebound with a shot of pure accuracy making it 2-0. Now, why wait to extend your lead? The third goal came just 1:11 later. Another one timer goal came to Faryna this time as he tapped it in on the doorstep from Richardson’s feed. As it looked to be getting away from the Giants, Keefe used his timeout to get them going. This tactic didn’t seem to pay off as the Devils got straight back to it. Bentivoglio wasted no time and looked to pressure Truehl with a breakaway, although it was Truehl who came out on top. As the period looked set to close at 3-0, Pope took matters into his own hands with a shot that curved over Truehl’s shoulder, closing out the period at 4-0.
Paris, who had been playing on great form recently, extended the lead to 5-0 after a laser shot only 22 seconds in to the 3rd. Drew’s goal came from a hard slapshot from the faceoff circle triggering a chorus of Dreeeewwwww’s (not to be confused with Boo’s) around the rink. A hit from Johner left Pope down in the corner and the Devils on a 2-minute penalty. Johner however, sat for 10 as he got a checking from behind call. This power play gave the devils their third powerplay goal of the night. This time it was Hotham who grabbed the goal with another quality shot and it seemed as if the bench were having a battle for best goal. This goal making it 6-0 showed the boys had this game under control. However, the Giants were here to spoil the party as Murphy squeezed one past Bowns to take away his shutout. The game petered out as both teams could see the final result approaching. However, this didn’t stop Ulmer as he made it 7-1, once again on the powerplay, proving that to be the strong point of the night. The strangest goal of the night followed up as Crowder managed to get the puck off the goalie and score with Truehl stranded in the faceoff circle. This made the final score 8-1 and demonstrated what the Devils are capable of when on form and with the right mindset.