Lazarus 2.0

Devils 7 – 1 Steelers After going down 6-2 last week in the semi-final first leg up in Sheffield, there was a sense the Devils could still make the final of what they have come to regard as ‘their’ cup. But it would take a monumental effort. And that was…

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On the title causeway

Giants 4 – 3 Devils (OS) Giants 2 – 3 Devils (OT) This fixture weekend last year witnessed the Miracle of Belfast (as nobody is calling it), when the Devils came from 3-0 behind in the third period to win 4-3. That win more than any other made the title…

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Just the business

Devils 4 – 1 Fife With an away defeat last night, and with the memory of that 8-6 reversal from Fife’s last visit still raw, there was a necessity for a win and dominant performance tonight. Josh Batch returned, sharing the fourth line with Myers, who is having a gritty,…

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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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