Devils North held off a spirited effort from an undermanned EW side to book a spot in the Bodean's Cup final. More to follow...
Devils North: Scoring
Frank Walshe (D. Maze)
Walter Sheloff (R. Clark)
Walter Sheloff (D. Maze)
Dan Maze (J. Mulligan)
Devils North: Penalties
W. Sheloff (2min trip)
H. Grant (2min trip)
Devils East-West: Scoring
Devils East-West: Penalties
The Devils had a great weekend in Copenhagen, bringing home a 1W-1L record and taking in a couple of games in the World Championships in between. More to follow...
Game One: KSF Stars 10 - London Devils 6
Game Two: London Devils 10 - Rungsted 4
Russia vs Switzerland
The Devils and Rangers renewed rivalries in a tight-checking affair on Monday night at Lee Valley.
Both teams knew that a repeat of the lopsided first match was not going to be on the cards. The Devils started tentatively as the Rangers showed great speed and skill on the first few shifts. After a couple of shifts, the Devils were able to establish their forecheck and the game settled into the all too familiar Devils v Rangers chess match.
The first half of period one was mostly spent between the bluelines with neither team really asserting much in the offensive zone. When either side did break through, both keepers were well up to the task. That all changed when a quick short-side shot from Phil Holbrook got past the keeper to put the Devils up 1-0. The goal energised the Devils who pressed hard to extend the lead before the end of the first but were thwarted by the Rangers' strong D and goalie.
As the game moved into the second period the Rangers grew in confidence and began to pepper the Devils goal. Devils' keeper Shane Kemp did his part, turning aside countless efforts and controlling his rebounds well. After a long spell in their own end, a brilliant breakout and execution of a 3 on 2 by the line of Chebator, Mulligan, and Lerner led to a tic-tac-toe goal, finished by Chebator to give the Devils a 2-0 lead heading into the third.
The game was perfectly poised as the teams lined up for the third period. The Rangers stretched the game in the opening half of the period, again testing Kemp, but couldn't find a way through. Similarly, the Rangers' keeper turned aside a few key chances which could have put the game out of reach.
Both teams knew the next goal could make or break the game, and a quick 2 on 1 counter-attack by the Devils saw a brilliant pass from Chris Huston buried by Mike Fox-Higgins. Undaunted, the Rangers quickly replied, pouncing on a rebound that rang around the boards to an open D-man who blasted a shot in off the post.
With the score at 3-1, five tense minutes followed. The Devils put in some solid defensive zone work and rode the great work of the aforementioned Kemp. In the end they were able to keep the Rangers at bay, holding on for the 3-1 win and a two game lead in the series.
London Devils: Scoring
Phil Holbrook (C. Huston)
Bob Chebator (M. Lerner, J. Mulligan)
Mike Fox-Higgins (C. Huston)
London Devils: Penalties
D. Maugile (2min slash)