Morning Hockey fans. Please join me (Russky) from 6:30 for coverage of what is a crucial game for the Devils. Having watched the latest ice-time tv interview with Andrew Lord, he was reluctant to call it a 'must win' game but it obviously is.
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Hello again. Well its a big game and no mistake! Can the Devils repeat the performance they gave last time they were at the NIC and come awaywith the points?
We hope so! As the Panthers in their infinite wisdom (?) neglected to have a webcast of the game available, hopefully there will be alot of people following this game here.
Just waiting for KettDevil and Gerald report in for duty as texters for tonights game.
KettDevil must have read that last post, he has reported in, to say that the Panthers are warming up in shirts with no names on their shirts.
According to the EIHL website Stef Hogarth is the appointed official to referee this game. OH GOOD!
3 predictions have flooded in to the Matchnightlive@gmail.com inbox: Rob Batch and Matt Moore both go for 4-3 Devils win where as Pat forecasts a Devils win by 3 goals
There are 3 other games this evening, Manchester have just faced off in Altrincham against Edinburgh; Sheffield host Coventry at the House of Foil; Fife have home ice advantage over Belfast.
My other texter has reported in, Gerald of Red Army Travel fame has arrived safely.
Mark G forsees a 4-2 win for the Devils
Warm up should have finished now
Had a request to mention the UK Forums All Star weekend in July at the IAW (Ice Arena Wales) where they are hoping to raise money for Ty Hafan. Apparrently there is a Ty Hafan hockey team participating. They are also seeking followers on their twitter page @tyhafanhockey
Edinburgh have taken an early lead in Altrincham
Braehead and Fifie played last night with the Clan winning 3-1
4-3 is proving to be a popular score prediction as Phil Egan also goes for that scoreline where as Jan James opts for 5-3 scoreline.
Devils take to the Ice in preparation for the Intros at the NIC
Phil Rowlands goes for a 4-2 Devils win
Panthers now on the Ice for the pre game procedures
Trevor Hendrikx is a scratch for the Devils
Thats a shame I was looking forward to hearing him tangling with Lawrence tonight
and we are underway at the NIC
Edinburgh 2 up now
Cagey opening to this game
Bowns saves from no 18 in Panthers shirt.
Bownsy called into early action making 2 necessary saves.
Stephen Schultz causing loads of problems for the Devils Defensive unit
Bowns saves from Mosey
Clarke hits Kurka hard, no call from Hogarth
Farmer has two shots and misses both
Panthers pen Swindlehurst 2 minutes for interference @ 7:47
Bowns kept busy.
Aggressive PK from Panthers
Panthers back to FS
Hervato hits puck into Panthers Bench
CJ shoots wide
OJ predicts a 2 goal win for Devils.
Panthers cant get out of their own zone
texter reports the NIC being like a Morgue. i think he's referring to the noise levels!
Logan Macmillan shoots but misses
Devils pen Lordo 2 minutes for slashing @13:53
Clarke shoots but its saved well by Bowns
Panthers not offering much threat on PP
Brian Parker in Canada predicts a 4-2 Devils win
Cam Jansen playing dirty as he elbows Salters in face away from refs view
Hand pass by Panthers results in centre ice face off
puck out of play behind Bowns at 16:59
Panthers pen Lawrence 2 minutes for cross-checking @18:18
Wilkman saves from Morrisette
then Haddad shot kicked away
and thats it for the first period 0-0
Richard Best reckons on 3-1 Devils win. thats it for predictions.
KettDevil says its a very tight game that needs a goal to open it up abit.
Blaze 1-0 up at the House of Foil.
Edinburgh 2-1 up in Altrincham at the BBT twin arena.
Time for a cuppa I think.
Fife 1 Belfast 0
Sheffield 1 Coventry 1
Here we go for the second period
Caps 3 -1 up now against Manchester
Bownsy is earning his corn tonight! Clark forces him to save.
Morrisette thought he'd scored but Wilkman had sat on the puck
Bownsy glove save from Bohmbach
All panthers at the moment
Devils have to weather this burst
Penalty Shot to Salters
but Salters fails miserably failing to get a shot off.
Wilkman adjudged to have deliberately dislodged the goal thus leading to a penalty shot
just as the devils were about to score.
game gone all defensive again.
Martin misses a golden chance
Bownsy working hard to deny the Panthers anything
Panthers pressing hard
for the go-ahead goal
Clarke goes close.
Panthers pen Clarke 2 minutes for cross-checking borne out of frustration
Lord goes close but denied
Good PK so far by panthers
Devils offside at 31:16
a PPG no less
Scored by Morrisette assists Lord and Martin
Devils pen Kurka 2 minutes for hooking @32:46 stupid pen to take
Bownsy saves again.
Face off in the Devils zone
Bownsy holding them at bay
Panthers now offside at 36:00
Hudson and Schultz having words
Hotham gets away with a slashing non call
game gone quiet again
1 min remaining in 2nd
KettDevil reports that its still a tight game and the Panthers are just edging it but its the Devils who have the telling advantage of a goal.
End of Second 0-1 to Devils.
Latest scores: Manchester 5 Edinburgh 4 (in 3rd ): Fife 2 Belfast 1 (in 2nd); Sheffield 2 Coventry 1 (in 2nd)
SOGs on Bowns 19 on Wilkman 11 NB thats the total after two periods of play
Teams back on the ice for the 3rd
puck drops to start the 3rd
C'mon Devils we want a good third period
NOT a repeat of last week
cagey opening to third
as was Salters
Farmer fires the puck straight at Bownsy who covers easily
Panthers forced wide by good defence
lordo misses with shot from the point
sorry Ling not Lord both wearing #71
Panthers offside at 45:07
Devils playing on counter attack, aka road trip hockey
poor call against Fournier
2 minutes for interference @46:50
game time 49:23
Fournier a one timer from the poiint
eihl gamesheet has it as scored by salters assists Martin and Fournier
GGGGGOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL scored by Doucet
assisted by Martin
Panthers D torn in two by rapier Devils attack
Wilkman saves from Martin
texters report Devils defending with relative ease
Myers digging for puck under Bowns.
Haddad hits the right post of Wilkman
Panthers looks a beaten team!
dispirited was the word used by one of the texters
Ben nailed on for MOM i'd say
Hudson also been outstanding.
Kurka shoots just wide
Lets have a ENG Devils
2 mins still left
1 min left
Game over Devils win with a shut out ! Woooo HOOO
texters say it was a very good road performance
Ben Bowns outstanding!
Devils MOM Bownsy
Panthers MOM Stephen Schultz
Result Manchester 8 Edinburgh 5; Fife 2 Belfast 3 (in play in 3rd); Sheffield 2 Coventry 2 (in 3rd)
Thanks to our magic texters Gerald and KettDevils who kept me updated throughout the game. Safe journey home guys!!!
Join OJ tomorrow night as he hosts MNL coverage of Edinburgh's visit to the BBT. I think they might be fearing that game some.
Until then, Nos Da Pawb.