Match Night Live
Belfast Giants 4 - 3 Cardiff Devils

Welcome to MNL as the Devils play the first of their back to back games in Belfast against the Giants

Join me (OJ) from around 6:30 as we bring you the Devils bid to maintain & strengthen their position at the top of the EIHL league Table

Score predictions always welcomed to

Comments from fans at the game are also welcomed

I am beginning to panic as I have not made contact with any texters so far. They are probably in the pub

Gerald has reported in as has Cenwyn doing his first shift for MNL

Giants fan David M will be on duty as usual - thanks David

Dean Smith has been spotted at O playing footy in car park

Devils on ice for warmup

No scratches for Devils

Russky is confident of a Devils victory tonight

Clive B predicts Devils will triumph 3-2 after O/T + penalties

5 minutes of warmup remains

Anyone in the O following us on MNL and can help out tonight or tomorrow please get in touch or 07527 625206

Face Off time seems to be 7:05 - to accommodate Premier Sports I assume

Warmup completed

We have had score predictions from our owners- Mr King calls it 4-3, Mr Hughes 5-2 and Mr Parker says 4-2 all for the Devils

Cornwall Taffy in Biaritz thinks Devils will win 4-3 sp long we are not suckered into a penalty strewn game

Tinkyadrian is following MNL in Crete I believe

I am told Johan Ejdepalm is a sratch for the Giants

Dean Smith confirmed as referee

Rod D calls it 5-3 to Devils with the 5th being an ENG

Music as usual insanely loud at the O

The Bierkeller seems to be a popular venue to watch the game on Premier Sports

Devils take to the ice

Puck dropped and we start

Devils start with Zach Hervato, Leigh Salters & Tomas Kurka

Bowns save


Jake Morissette with his 7th of the season @2:19

Assist Andrew Lord

Andrew Hotham with 2nd assist

Josh Batch big hit

Joey Haddad shot hits side netting

Gametime 4:56

2nd assist now given to Joey Martin not Andrew Hotham

Giants score

Brandon Benedict the scorer @ 6;04

great save Ben Bowns

Great save by Ben Bowns on 2 on 1 breakaway

Game is fast

Giants offside

Chris Jones getting icetime

Double save by Ben Bowns

Giants pressure @ 8:15

Save Stephen Murphy

Joey Martin goes for 5 hole, Murphy saves

End to end, devils having to work hard

Gametime 12:47

Red Army estimated as 200 strong

Devils penalty @ 13:52 Andrew Hotham 2 minutes for high sticks

Ref Smith didn't see it, Lino call

My understanding is that linos can only call majors at next whistle

Bad miss by Giants


Great save Ben Bowns

30 secs left in PK

Devils full strength

Devils penalty Tyson Marsh

2 minutes for delay of game


Andrew Hotham has SH chance

40secs of PK left

Last minute

Devils Full strength

Gametime 19:15

Giants penalty

@ 19:34

Jeff Mason 2 minutes for tripping

Save Stephen Murphy

End of 1st period Giants 1 DEVILS 1

Devils will have a 1:34 pp to start 2nd period

Cenwyn's period report - Giants most chances- looked more at ease, skating well, finding space out wide - but Devils playing hard - we're in this game

1st period SoG Giants 18 Devils 5

Cenwyn doubts the SoG

Ice ready

Officials back

Devils back on ice

Great Devils support

Peter Clough says there are only 50 Devils fans in O

If you aregoing to Scotland with RED ARMY TRAVEL and haven't paid the full cost you have until the end of October to pay

Puck dropped for 2nd period

Only 2 home games for you to pay


A PPG by Joey Martin his 6th

@ 20:34

Assist Jake Morissette

Ben Bowns save

GB no1 chant RED ARMY

Tomas Kurka goes close

Tomas Kurka stading out as usual

Joey Haddad turned over but recovers to regain puck

Giants icing

Tomas Kurka taken out, ref misses it

Giants clear zone after Devils pressure

Trevor Hendrikx shoots left

Ben Bowns save

Guillaume Doucet breakaway thwarted

Giants Goal

@ 27:59

Craig Peacock I think

Bad goal to concede - failure to clear zone when Devils had the opportunity

It was Colin Shields assist James Desmarais & Craig Peacock

Devils icing

Game continues to be end to end

Andrew Hotham nails Matt Nickerson

Stephen Murphy saves from Josh Batch

Leigh Salters takes puck to midrift

Great double save by Ben Bowns

Giants penalty Benedict

@ 32:18 2 minutes for slashing

@ 32:18

Illegal equipment was the call not slashing

Giants Darryl Lloyd 2 minutes for slashing

5 on 3 for Devils


Brent Walton his 4th

A PPG @ 34:27

Giants were back to 4 skaters

Assist Joey Martin

Giants Goal

NO goal whistle had gone

gametime 36:05

Josh Batch sets up Guillaume Doucet - Stephen Murphy saves 2

Devils penalty Guillaume Doucet 2 minutes for slashing


Giants goal

Mike Forney the scorer of PPG @ 37:17

Split Devils D men on blue line and beats Ben Bowns

Assist James Desmarais & Mike Wilson

Devils icing @ 38:54

End of 2nd period Giants 3 DEVILS 3

Cenwyn says period more even than 1st

Giants marginally in charge but DEVILS holding on well

SoG for 2nd period Giants 10 DEVILS 9 making it 28-14 after 2 periods

The commentators are going on about who is GB no1 netminder, well a look at tonight save% Ben Bowns 89.3 Stephen Murphy 78.6 and after a save % of 76.% in Coventry last Sunday

Ice ready

Come U DEVILS just 20 more miles and lets bag those 2 points

Officials back on ice

Teams back

3rd period starts

Early Giants pressure

Joey Haddad takes stick to the face

Matt Nickerson 2 minutes for high sticks @42:06


Stephen Murphy saves from Tomas Kurka

Giants clear zone

Puck out of play

9secs of pp remains

Giants Full strength

Great save Stephen Murphy from a Joey Martin tip

Devils penalty

Guillaume Doucet 2 minutes for high sticks @ 44:42

Bench penalty it was too many men being served by Guillaume Doucet


Good shot blocking by Devils

Devils Full strength

Big save Ben Bowns

FO in neutral zone

Great save Ben Bowns

Devils desperate for line change

Giants coming in waves says Cenwyn

Ben Bowns having a great game

End to end again as Devils lift pressure

Face off in the Giants zone

Big hit by Darryl Lloyd on Zach Hervato

Mark Richardson shoots high

Devils penalty coming

Zach Hervato 2 minutes for tripping

@ 51:03


Giants penalty 2 minutes for interference


Its 4 on 4

Beech penalty was @ 51:15

Devils Full strength

11sec pp for Devils

Devils Brent Walton

2 minutes for interference


@ 53:51

Devils clear

50 secs of Devils PK left

Devils Full strength

Joey Martin blocks shot

Big hit by Joey Haddad on Mike Wilson

Devils icing @ 56:37

Both teams look out on their feet

Save Ben Bowns

Anther 2saves by Ben Bowns

Gametime 57:07

Stephen Murphy saves from Jake Morissette

Final 2 minutes

Andrew Lord looks hurt as he takes puck to the ribs

Devils clear zone

1 minute left

14 secs left

Face off in the Devils zone

Andrew Lord back

1.4 secs left

Jake Morissette hurt blocking a shot

End of regulation Giants 3 DEVILS 3

O/T starts

Giants Offside

@ 60:15

gametime 61:00


Giants Offside @ 61:15

Stephen Murphy save @ 61:48

SoG after 3 periods Giants 41 DEVILS 20

Tomas Kurka stops breakaway

Stephen Murphy glove save @ 63:18

Pad save Ben Bowns

Players of both teams out on their feet

Giants score

James Desmarais scores winner

Cenwyn says DEVILS GAVE their all

@ 64:42


Giants MoM - James Desmarais

Our thanks to Cenwyn & Gerald and also to Giants fan David M

Great job lads

Join Russky tomorrow for the 2nd game as I have family commitments in West Wales


Remember if you haven't settled your RED ARMY TRAVEL bill for the Scottish trip you have to pay the balance by 31st October