Sooooooo Good evening ladies and gentleman and welcome to Match Night Live. Gaz here in the chair for the first time. We are around 40 minutes away from face off and i'm awaiting our loyal band of texters to report in
Until face off I'll be keeping you all abreast of goings on at the Motorpoint arena in Sheffield where the Steelers take on the Vipers. It's currently 0-0 there. We will also be trying to keep you up to date with all other goings on around the league :D
And dont forget you can always E-mail us at email@example.com to give us your views on anything, score updates, questions, who you think is going to be eliminated from X factor! Maybe your a Cardiff city fan in need of severe consoling or a Swansea fan who has fainted with joy and is only just coming around. anything we are here at our usual home.
Text from PJ our resident Coventry Blaze fan exiled in Cardiff 'if Coventry win tonight Paul Thompson will reveal our new signing to replace Jeff Smith'
Any guesses on who it is?
Sheffield go 1-0 up through Rob Globke who scores shorthanded.
And our first E-mail of the night comes from Dan who is hoping the Devils manage to take the game 5-3 with Tylor scoring 5 points. :D
Rumour from Coventry that Scott Basiuk is the Blaze mystery signing!
It's no Craig Weller but would be very good temp cover for Coventry given his winning experiences in Sheffield
10 minutes till face off! keep those score predictions coming in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Especially if you are a viewer from Belfast this evening!
We have Simon calling a 4-2 win and Gareth Jenkins calling it 5-4 to the Devils. The 5-4 would certainly be value for money at the tent tonight! Loving the optimism anyway \O/
good to see the Belfast faithful E-mailing in tongiht as well. Bit contrasting in views David says 4-1 Giants where as Stephen is hopeful of a result but feels its a difficult place for the Giants to come too!
Hot News just come in on E-mail from Carl Jones Stating that Nathan Craze Starts tonight in net for the Giants!
Confirmed that Craze is starting netminder and we are underway at the Tent. Stephen Murphy is on the bench dressed. Guess Craze just got the nod
Game has started at a very fast paced, It is end to end at present!
Giants icing 2:41
Lyle makes an easy save from A cook Slap shot
Thank you to David Mercer from Belfast who has informed me that stephen murphy has a muscle tweak and is being rested
Gerad Adams goal time 3:43 assists from Matzka and Birbrear
Matzka wrist shot saved at 4:10
Devils goal was their first shot on goal!
Doug Christiansen is keeping up his old trick of leaving a man high on the Devils blue line, but pass is too long and Giants give up an icing call
Suprised Christiansen only leaving 4 D-men in his defensive Zone considering it is Craze in net.
No disrespect to Craze but I thought Christensen might want to protect him more
Matzka in again but Craze is equal to it!
Ross Dalgleish getting a bit fiesty! Not surpised really the guy will be playing for a permanent contract
After a frantic start the game is now being played in the neutral zone apparantly
Giants starting to look more dangerous now and Devils not clearing the Zone when we have the chance :|
Finnerty goes on a break and almost gets clear but is caught by the Giants D man
Symmonds is partnering Kenton Smith in a regular shift tonight so I am told
Devils go offside at 9:36
Atmosphere not representative of the big crowd sadly!
Devils giving away continuous icings as Giants camp in the Devils Zone
Devils only get out of the zone to make a line change. Finnerty trying to get a jump by having words with Welch
Finnerty and Welch both sit 2 for roughing
Giants miss golden chance, the puck is fired accross net with lyle giving up the entire left side of the net. But Giants fan on it.
Kenton Smith Slashing at 12:41
Giants Hit Post!
Kenton Penalty killed!
Lyle Covers the puck at 14:54. Both Giants PP and Devils PK looked good
Devils break 2 on 2 but Matzka gets excited and goes off side :(
Giants then break 2 on 1 but the Devils D man gets a stick on it to break it up :D
Penalty coming up on the Giants
Tim Cook 2 minutes for slashing
penalty at 16:21
there is a nameless number 6 playing for belfast that we believe to be Jacobsen making he re debut
Devils go offside at 17:07
Devils working the Powerplay well
Puck takes a wicked bounce from the boards and ends up out in front. However no Devils player can finish :(
it's that man again Jon Pelle :D
Maccrae and Matzka with the assists
Goal timed at 18:28
Devils get big momentum swing from the goal to end the period
But that momentum will have to be stored for the 2nd period as thats all she wrote for period 1. Ends Devils 2- Giants 0
Apparantly Start of the game was even, then the Devils had to ride out a good 10 minute of Strong Giants pressure. Then the Devils ended with some of their own
Scores from around the league: Nottingham 1 - Edinburgh 0. Sheffield 4 - Newcastle 0. and Coventry 0 - Braehead 0
Dundee storm into a 3-0 lead against Hull up in Dundee Ice Arena! :O
Devils back onto the ice at cardiff Bay Arena
Voth and Finnerty link up but the shot goes over!
penalty on Michel upcoming
Sorry pen is on Kenton Smith for tripping at 21:48
Giants struggling to set up on the powerplay. Brad Smyth sniffing for rebounds however
Giants very much offside. Lino wasnt going to call it so Dean Smith had to intervene and do his job for him
Brad Smyth looking lively for the Giants
Game itself is not looking so lively and has gone a bit sloppy
Texts from the game indicate Mason is playing for the Giants but Garside is not.
Devils icing 27:13
Tylor Michel with a superman Dive to take the puck off of the line and save a certain goal!
If Captains and alternates are allowed to have C's and A's is Tylor allowed an S for Superman?
Further confirmation that in relation to me Saying mason WAS playing it appears in fact he is not and continues to reside on Belfasts quite large injury list.
Adams takes a high stick to the face. Goes to bench in pain but no call.
Despite being in pain G merely wipes the blood off of his face and gets ready to ice again
Giants penalty at 30:06. Was a retaliation to a Devils play that wasnt called
Shots on goal in the first period: Devils 10, Belfast 10
Welch was the Giant who took the penalty for cross checking
Jon Pelle nailed Centre ice away from the play. No call
Giants with an excellent PK shape kill the penalty
Pelle Wrists one into Craze glove at 32:01
Craze starting to give a few juicy rebounds up. Devils cant capatalise
Giants apparantly lacking the cohesion that they produced in the first period
Finnerty and Welch trade slashes off the play. Hangover from their altercation earlier in the game
Rave Reviews coming in about Alex Symmonds play this evening :D
Devils ice the puck as the Giants have started to refind that cohesion at 35:47
Devils ice the puck as the Giants have started to refind that cohesion at 35:47
Cook punches Pelle on the back of the head but no call. Devils then hit the post!
Craze glove save from Mark Smith at 37:34
Penalty upcoming on Max Birbrear
But quick as a flash Brad Smyth is sent to the box
Birbrear was called for Interference and Brad Smyth called for Diving
And thats the 2nd period down. Sounded a bit more sloppy than the first but Devils remain 2-0 in front!
Before I go to buy some bread and milk very quickly: scores around the league time. Nottingham 5- Edinburgh 2. Sheffield 8 -Vipers 0 (end of game there) and Dundee 4 - Hull -0
Oh and Blaze 3 - Braehead 1 :P
So worries from the rink from our textes range from a man being able to eat a Galaxy bubble chocolate to the fact that Lucy Fur is there at the game but it isnt the 'same' Lucy Fur!
Both teams return for the third period
Penalty on Maccrae at 40:15 for Hooking
Birbrear fails to convert a 1 on 1 breakaway chance
The hockey has gone end to end. Craze this time denies Tylor Michel a 1 on 1 breakaway
Walton in Box for the Giants for hooking at 43:41
Tylor Michel fails to tuck away a juicy rebound on the power play :(
Hoffman checks Voth after the the Whistle face first into the boards. Voth comes away with a 2 minute slashing penalty, hoffman gets nothing. The Slash was before the check
Craze robbs Matzka with a glove save
50 seconds of Giant PP left
Penalty killed :D Giants were in the offensive zone for most of the PP but didnt take shots.
exact quote from the game 'we got a game on our hands now. end to end now its back to 5 on 5'
Cook Flattens Voth :(
Michel tries to return the favour of a big check but ends up flattening himself. Giants getting most of the pressure but Devils good on the break
Penalty to Giants: Cook 2 minutes for Cross checking at 50:12
Apparantly Cook cross checked Pelle in the crease as Pelle was about to pounce on a rebound
You know what to do to teach him a lesson Jon......
Hoffman being a man mountain on the PK for the Giants apparantly
Finnerty chasing Walton for some fisticuffs now. Walton not wanting any of it and is hiding behind Smith
Giants kill Penalty
Gone Quiet from the tent :| I guess no news can be considered good news at the moment though!
Dan Welch gets an interference call at 54:34. He apparantly hurt Adams when Adams was tryign to get up off of the floor
Checked Adams while Adams was on his knees against the Boards
Our Powerplay has lost all its rhythm apparantly. Gerad Adams being touted as MOM by one of our texters
Giants offside at 55:03
Craze robbs Matzka with the glove hand again!
the save was at 55:50
3:33 left in game! eeeeek
Belfast kill the penalty
Birbrear apparantly looking out of sorts in the third period
Craze asking the bench if he is to be pulled.......
Lyle covers loose puck 57:33
Giants call a Timeout
Gone Quiet again! 2 minutes left.....
Devils icing 58:08
Puck covered by bodies at 58:34. Anyone else finding these last 2 minutes painfully slow? Devils icing again at 58:44
Pelle skates out of zone but cant convert his chance
Birbrear slots home the biscuit into the empty tin with 29 seconds left :D
Craze returns to net
Pelle And Matzka with the assists on Boom Boom's goal
And that is it ladies and gentleman. a massive, massive win for the Devils who now take 7 wins from their last 8 games!
Hilly and Maccrae show the team spirit by going straight over to Lyle and giving him a big hug awwwwww
Craze gets Giants MOM
Devils MOM goes to Coach Adams :D
Shouts of What a goalie for Lyle ring out at the Tent
Well thats it from me. Thanks to all of our texters this evening, PJ, Shaz BBW, Azir, Rich and TheStub! And sorry if i've missed anyone out. You all must have blisters on your fingers!