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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Welcome to the epic

Devils 5 – 6 Steeler (OT) The playoff final for 2017 was televised on the BBC red button. Any casual viewers tuning into this game will have wondered why they ever bothered with other sports. Having sent Bowns home in crutches a few weeks ago, and put Wiikman in hospital…

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Time enough

Stars 2 – 4 Devils This was my third time to the Playoffs. The first year the Devils didn’t qualify, then last year they may as well not have qualified, crashing out at the semi-final stage to Coventry. Surely this year we could go one better, if not actually win…

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Weathering the storm

Devils 3 – 2 Storm With the three trophies in the cabinet for the Devils, they now turned their attention to the playoffs. It is notoriously difficult to secure the grand slam, often because a team’s psychological well has been drained by the time they gain the league. To go…

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No matter

Devils 3 – 5 Belfast With nothing to play for in this game, and with one eye on the playoff quarter final next week, the Devils rested 6 players, including Bowns and Martin. The Giants needed the win to ensure the second place in the league, but even they showed…

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Cut to the good bit

Devils 6 – 1 Flyers This was a strange game in many respects – team and fans were waiting for it to end in order to get on with the trophy presentation afterwards. Given that neither team had much to play for, it was a feistier game than we had…

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