Good Afternoon Hockey folk. Join me (Russky) from 6:30pm for the usual MNL shenanigans as our beloved Devils travel to Chavland to take on the Blaze.
I will endeavour to bring you the latest scores from the other games, along with the unbeatable live match text commentary of the game once the puck drops. Don't forget to send any comments and predictions to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you a 'name check' during the coverage.
Until then I bid you an enjoyable afternoon, Come on Wales and beat those Boks!!!!
Good Evening folks. The Red Army have invaded the nearby Weatherspoons pre game, texter reckons on 70-80 Devils fans present.
A quick shout out to Clare Robson, who is WELSH born and bred but resides in Coventry will be singing the Welsh National Anthem loud and proud. Unfortunately she has been influenced by the dark side and is cheering on the Blaze.
Yes I know I have started earlier than expected but this is due to sheer boredom and the Wales/SA rugby match is hardly a feast for the rugby fan.
Our Texters tonight are Jon Forde and KettDevil.
Dean Smith is scheduled to ref this one so it will be interesting to see how he handles the anticipated physicality of this game. Generally speaking he likes to let the game flow as much as possible and calls or whistles down only what he has to.
We have had a plethora of predictions flooding into the email@example.com inbox.
Brian Parker predicts a tough hard game from Coventry but reckons on a Devils victory by 3 goals
Pat sees it as 4-2 to Devils
Jimmy Snels predicts 4-1 to Devils.
and Mark Gough agrees with Pat and goes for a 4-2 win.
Warm up is underway. Ross Venus sits this game out due to his suspension. Apparrently Bownsy is kitted out in Blue tonight, which is odd.
just twigged, I think KettDevil is winding me up. He is covering the Blaze for me tonight so old habits die hard and thinks Bownsy is playing in Blue.
OJ who is probably consuming copious amounts of Rioja in Tenerife has weighed in with a 3 goal win for the Devils, Has he been in conversation with Mr Parker I wonder?
The Devils supporters have been allocated the block directly behind Brian Stewart's goal. This could be fun!!!!
Lordo is dressed in kit. texter Jon trying to work out who is sitting out for Devils.
it seems either Scott or Andrew Hotham is scratched.
Either Scott or Andrew Hotham is scratched
some confusion as to who is left out.
Wales are leading South Africa at moment.
the official Scoresheet lists the whole Devils roster so cant workout who is not playing.
Warm up has finished now.
I guess we will have to see what the lines are and maybe work it out from that.
Ref confirmed as Dean Smith and the Linos are Matt Rose and Sam Motton
Lights down and time for the Intros
over drarmatic build up to the intros.
More atmosphere on the moon than in the skydome game intro
Both teams on the ice.
150 or so Red Army members present.
and we are underway
Blaze icing early
Devils 3-1 prediction from Drew in Warrington
Bownsy Saves from Petruis
Assselin from A Hotham and Martin
goal timed at 2.06
correction Hotham scored Asselin assisted
Blaze turnover results in Doucet shot just wide though
Devils pen haddad 2 minutes for holding the stick @4:17
high sticks not holding the sticlk
Scored by Petruis @4:59
PK unit still half asleep
Lord and Benti combining well on offence
but no goal as a result.
Devils pen Richie 2 minutes for holding @6:40
Kill Devils Kill
PK unit have a chance to redeam themselves
batch lays a big hit behind the devils net.
Blaze 2nd PPG
resulting from not clearing the D properly
Blaze offside at 8:46
Richies shot is well saved by stewart
no goals to report from the other games played tonight.
puck out of play at 10:03
Bowsy glove saves
Blaze's dump and chase tactic working so far for them as Devils D a bit slow and sloppy
deflected past Bownsy who is pulled from the net.
Devils D reacting far too slow
scored by clements
goal timed at 10:57
shots from Morrisette and Hotham A blocked
Devils icing at 13:12
Murdy now in the net for Devils and pulls off his first save,.
no devils player wants to be involved. very wise. we don't need any stupid pens
Storm 2-0 up on Giants Fife and Dundee equal at 1-1
Face off in the Blaze zone @13:52
Stewart dislodges the goal as per usual
just as Devils player shoots.
and again by stewart
Asselin pings the goal frame with a shot
Squeelers 1-0 up against Caps in house of foil
Lordo leaves his shoulder on Ben Davies
Davies then misses a chance when it looked easier to score
Andrew Hotham goes close.
Noble called for icing.
Devils now asserting some pressure.
Blaze blue line under siege
puck lands on back on blaze net. pity its not in back of blaze net
Fight Fight Fight
Petruis gets battered by Hotham, bit of a catchweight match that
pens are Hotham 2 for slashing and Petruis gets 2 for roughing
Don't think he will want to take on Hotham again.
Layne ulmer shoots wide on the buzzer. and that's a wrap for the 1st period.
no fighting pens called by Smith
KettDevil says We were sloppy and it cost us 3 goals. we shouldn't really be 3-1 down.
D looks more settled since Murdy replaced Bowns
Jon says Devils playing like Arsenal: plenty of pretty passing but no end product. He's also complaining its cold in the Ice rink, Really??? he obviously hasn't been to the old Bristol Ice rink, it was like a freezer in there,
I remember once being there and still freezing with 3 layers of clothing.
SOGs not available yet
Latest scores Storm 2 Giants 1; Steelers 2 Caps 1; Fife 2 Dundee 2
SOGs Devils 10 Blaze 13
Teams are back for 2nd.
one texter marooned in a queue for a hotdog.
and underway in the 2nd
hopefully Lordo will have given them a rocket in the break.
Devils have a pen shot
and its saved.
cant afford to spurn chances like that.
Jorgensen fires wide of murdy and the Devils net
Stewart was playing mind games on the pen shot
Murdy saves again
line 1 Martin morrisette and Asselin
Blaze pen 2 mins holding for Brett Robinson
gone quiet in the Coventry Library
awful pp by Devils
Steelers now 4-1 against Caps
Dr Piggott takes to the ice for his first shift
another Devils line combo is haddad Culligan and Doucet
Fournier's shot is held by stewart
Face off in the Blaze zone @ 27:53
Lordo shoots but its saved
Devils still seem to be in 2nd gear and the Blaze are dealing with them competantly
Hotham pings the post with a shot
Lordo gets his stick to a Richardson shot but its gloved by Stewart
Marquardt is not being picked up by Devils and is roaming the ice at will
Devils denied a pen shot
Chris Jones breakaway but saved
Stewart unsighted on a Culligan shot which hit the back of the Blaze net
Blaze pen 2 minutes for hooking for Boutin
Martin Morrisette Doucet and Asselin on PP line.
Face off in the Blaze zone
Bordy having a very quiet game
as is Brine
Petruis is giving the Devils a torrid time time for hotham to deal with him methinks
Doucet and Martin have shots blocked
Devils seem to be waking from their slumber
my wish has been granted, Hotham flattens Petruis with a check
this game is taking some time
we'd normally be in the 2nd period break by now
Haddad assist culligan and Bordy
scored at 37:53
yes this better from the Devils
in last min of 2nd period
Myers and Petruis auditioning for Strictly
Morrisettes shot is blocked
Marquardt has chance at end of period but is denied by Murdy
and the buzzer sounds to end the 2nd period
KettDevil says Devils in 2nd gear but cutting out the sloppy play and mistakes
Blaze coach none to happy with Smith the Ref
Blaze fans are very quiet. Texter reckons there's more noise in a mortuary.
Fife and Dundee serving up a feast for fans as it stands 4-4 at the moment
Storm still leading Giants 2-1 at end of 2nd period.
Steelers haven't added to their 4-1 scoreline
Texter says Petruis might get a slap and told to quieten down, as he is being too much of a nuisance.
I spoke too soon: Squeelers 5 Caps 1
Lights have gone out at the sponsordome, anyone got 50p for the meter?
Texter suggests using the Zamboni headlights to illuminate the ice area
Chuck a puck prize was a subway voucher.
and the 50/50 draw prize currently stands at £131.00
SOGs for 2nd period not updated yet.
teams back for 3rd
the lights are back on
Sogs 12-14 for 2nd period
and we are underway
I hope this period goes quick and there is no OT
icing by devils
a quiet start to 3rd
game time 41:47
Blaze icing now
scored by Doucet
assist bv Fournier, a wonderful pass by all accounts
Myers gets 2nd assist on 4th Devils goal
Stewart getting 'the bird' from all the Devils fans
Blaze look Shell Shocked by Devils goal
Asselin almost scores.
Talt gets 2 minutes for hooking
somebody has rattled Nobles cage and he goes ballistic
tries to fight Doucet who is not interested.
sureily and instigating pen there.
Devils on PP
Doucet gets 2 mins Unsportsmanlike for not wanting to fight ridiculous
Calling Mr Bordeleau, Mr Noble requests some correction
Lordo has a shot saved.
Bordeleau is having words with Mr Noble
no doubt Mr Noble wil retract back into his shell
pen Blaze for too many men
more discussion between Bordy and noble
Bordy returns to bench after Noble turtles
Doucet almost gets another goal
puck out at 50:29
Blaze seem to be running out of ideas
Face off in the Blaze zone
Culligan gets his second although it did take a wicked deflection wrong footing stewart
assists to Fournier and Martin
Fournier has been outstanding and is claiming Devils MOM
doucet gets checked by lino on Devils breakaway
two mins for rose/motton for interference LOL
Puck out of play
Blaze trying hard but no end product
Stewart is lifted
icing by Blaze
Stewart is doing the hokey kokey
pulled then back again
devils on PP
Blaze holding pen
Devils chanting 3-1 and you messed it up
Devils fans chanting I meant.
Game over Devils win
Devils didn't have to get into top gear and stil won
Thanks to our texters Jon and KettDevil for their excellent texts tonight.
Chris will be in the hosting chair tomorrow as the Steelers come to the IAW
Devils MOM given to Murdy
that's a strange choice given Fournier and Culligans performances tonight.
Safe trip home to all Devils fans travelling back to Wales and other places
Goodnight all. Nos da Pawb
PS Profuse Apologies I thought Fife were playing Dundee but in fact they were playing Braehead. Also Blaze MOM was Dave Clements. Finally tonights results are as follows Manchester Storm 5 Belfast Giants 1 Sheffield Steelers 7 Edinburgh Capitals 1 Fife Flyers 5 Braehead 6