Match Night Live
Cardiff Devils 1 - 4 Coventry Blaze

Welcome to MNL on this Boxing Day, will that be an omen I ask myself, as the Devils take on the Blaze at the BBT

Join me (OJ) from around 5pm as MNL will bring you its usual comprehensive coverage of the fist leg of back to back games aganst our rivals the Coventry Blaze

Score predictions asusual to - before the 6pm face off please

Texters briefed and ready to go

Decent number of Blaze fans at the BBT

No predictions so far

NO Max spotted in warmup

Warmup done

Uncomfirmed scratches for Blaze are Sam Smith & Shea Guthrie

Mark H says 3-2 Devils in O/T

Hazel, who normally follows us in Southend is in the BBT and predicts a 4-2 Devils victory

Teams out on ice

Michael Hicks is the referee

Intro time

You will all be glad to hear Ger-Devils has made it to the BBT after City's game

Confirmed that Sam Smith is a scratch - Guthrie out for the season I'm told

Anthem time

Anthem done

Olsen can take his helmet off, he did so for Anthem

Hill Macrae & Davies start

Puck dropped

Beleskey flattens Marsh

Osaer save

Puck out of play @ 0:36

Blaze have started physically

Blaze penalty @ 0:40 - Cowley

K Smith got hit in face

High sticks called against Cowley

One minute of pp gone

Beleskey turnover by Davies

Blaze return to full strength (FS)

Richardson put body on line to block a shot

Devils penalty - delayed penalty

K Smith - interference @3:35


Devils kill 1 minute although Blaze pp looks good

Blaze offside @ 4:44

DEvils back to FS

Huge hit by Batch

Osaer save from Griffin @7:11

Devils offside @ 7:27

Blight blindsided by Beleskey but sees it coming at last second

Devils penalty - Davies - boarding @ 8:27


Davies boarding Olsen that was !!!!

Devils penalty @ (:02 - Macrae - delay of game


Blaze goal

ppg @ 9:32 - Beleskey

Macrae penalty was @ 9:02

Goal now credited to Cameron assist Beleskey & Schutte

Devils penalty - Faulkner @ 10:36 - hooking

Devils back to 4 skaters

Marsh levels B Leeb

Osaer save @ 11:30

K Smith man handles Egener away from in front of net

Devils back to FS

Scutte cheap shots Davies

Blaze offside @ 13:28

Sop & Matt call it 3-2 Devils

Hirsch clears after scramble in front

Piggott goes close then floors Griffin

Narrow miss by Harding

Blaze penalty @ 15:00 Olsen

X-Checking the call

Blaze clear zone

Domma in Bridgend is very confident even now and calls it 5-1 Devils

Rubbish Devils pp is the shout

Poor says JohnWildthing

30 secs of pp left

Blaze FS

Blaze penalty - Cameron - inteference @ 17:06

Come on U DEVILS give us a goal - now

Osaer covers @ 17:34

Final minute

Blaze back to FS

Cameron hit on K SMith

End of 1st period DEVILS 0 Blaze 1

SoG for 1st period DEVILS 8 Blaze 16

Wakey, Wakey

Teams return

2nd period starts

Gimblett hit hard against boards

Puck out of play @ 23:00

Glove save Hirsch

Hirsch covers @ 23:56

Chris S says Blaze looking the better team

Hirsch save from Harding @ 25:27

Blaze offside

Hirsch saves @ 27:45 after good Devils pressure

Blaze Goal

Debate over goal

Claims that puck went out of play before bouncing back

Hicks gives goal although it clearly hit roof

Even the goal jdge points to the roof

Goal given - Olsen unassisted @ 28:29

Hirsch save @ 29:05

I got criticised last week for calling some our our referees plonkers - well I rest my case

After all that Devils deserve to be behind

They don't seem to be awake

Glove save Hirsch from Davies

Blaze dominating

Gametime 32:09

Devils penalty @ 32:39 - Harding - boarding


Cowley hit full in face by puck and it down

Cowley gone to dressingroom

Hirsch save @ 33:38

Devils back to FS

Blaze goal @ 34:31

PPG scored by Domish assists Egener & Bayrack

Devils penalty @ 35:37 - Adams - delay of game


Texters reporting that they have never seen the Devils so bad

And it cannot be put at Hicks door

Now Macrae is down

Back up hes OK

Devils back to FS

These are the night the Devils should put on a show if they want to attract more support

I bet you there are newbies in BBT asking themselves what all the fuss is about re Devils and ice hockey

Devils have finally picked up the pace - AT LAST

Final minute

Osaer having words with Hicks

Blaze penalty - Egener @ 39:34 - delay of game

Hirsch covers @ 39:49

End of 2nd period DEVILS 0 Blaze 3

Disappointing game in front of a very big crowd

SoG for 2nd period DEVILS 11 Blaze 11 making it 19-27 after 2 periods

Come on U DEVILS lets have one of you barnstorming 3rd periods to rescue this game

Teams back on ice

I don't know why Hicks refs Devils games especially at home. It shouldn't happen

3rd period starts

With so few referees I suppose there is no option

Carl says bring back Vother

Hirsch save @ 41:40

Chris S suggests maybe we should decline pps

Blaze back to FS

Quiney gets a shift

Quiney was up front for that shift

Hirsch glove save from Davies @ 43:28

Blaze penalty coming

B Leeb - tripping @ 43:47


Mark Smith with Devils opener

It was BLIGHT who scored - PPG

Assist Gimblett @ 44:40

Goal for Devils shouls read M Smith assists Gimblett & Blight

Hicks gets in Richardson way

Hirsch covers

Chalmers hits the ice after a ckeck from Quiney

Blaze icing @ 49:13

Come on U DEVILS we wan t a goal NOW - yes NOW

Hirsch covers @ 49:58

Hirsch save @ 50:39

Blaze penalty - Cameron @ 52:57 - boarding


Piggott throwing checks

Richardson goes close @ 54:43 - Hirsch saves

Blaze back to FS

Puck out of play @ 57:08

Gimblett unlucky with re-bound

Blaze goal

@ 57:54

Cameron from Beleskey & OLsen

Hirsch saves from Batch @ 58:49

Last minute

Fans leaving early

Final score DEVILS 1 Blaze 4

Even some of my texters left early

3rd Star - Peter Hirsch

Our thanks go to texters - Tony, JohnWildthing, Ger-Devils, Sharlene & Rachael

2nd Star - PHIL OSAER

1st Star - BEN DAVIES

How you can ward those stars when the Blaze won 4-1 in our barn is a mystery

I have never had to edit texters comments as I have had to do tonight

Join us on MNL tomorrow nigh as the Devils seek revenge at Coventry

Good Night - Nos Da