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Bodean's Cup Final 08-06-2017 Alexandra Palace: Devils South 5 - Devils East-West 0

Devils South scored an impressive 5-0 victory over the East-West to finally get their hands on the Bodean's Cup. Two goals each for Baptiste Frioux and Richard Veinot, coupled with a solid shut-out for Shane Kemp, brought the cup south of the river for the first time in the competition's ten-year history.

Both sides lined up with a few big names missing from their rosters - and a slightly choppy start ensued. EW got into penalty trouble early with two soft hooking calls giving the South an early 5 on 3 power play. Devils rookie Misha Neizvestnov capitalised on the man advantage by scoring at close range and the South were up 1-0. There would be no more scoring in the first period, mostly down to the fine goaltending of Oleg Adamchuk in the EW net.

Both teams traded chances throughout the second period with the South having most of the play, in spite of three powerplays for the EW. Ian Williams' holding penalty at the end of the second period meant that the third would start with the EW on the PP with the score still extremely tight at 1-0.

Early in the third period however, Baptiste Frioux struck a dagger in the heart of the EW when he pounced on a turnover in the EW zone and scored a solo shorthanded goal to make it 2-0. He would make it 3-0 a bit later in the period and the heads of the EW side began to drop. There was a lifeline in the form of another powerplay with over ten minutes left to play, but once again the EW coughed up the puck in a dangerous area and the South popped in another shorthanded goal. This time it was Richard Veinot - a member of Devils South since day one, who was desperate to get his hands on the cup. Veinot sealed the deal late in the period with his second of the night and all that was left was to watch the clock tick down to zero.

The jubilant South paraded the elusive Bodean's Cup around the ice with pride. For many of the players - Blais, Donnelly, Maloney, Maugile, Veinot - this was their tenth season playing for the South, and it was no surprise that celebrations went well into the night.

Congratulations to all involved on a great season.

Devils South: Scoring

Misha Neizvestnov (unassisted) PP
Baptiste Frioux (R. Veinot)
Baptiste Frioux (unassisted)
Richard Veinot (M. Fox-Higgins) SH
Richard Veinot (unassisted)

Devils South: Penalties

I. Williams (2min hold)
M. Maloney (2min inter)
T. Donnelly (2min hold)
I. Williams (2min hold)
D. Maugile (2min hook)

Devils East-West: Scoring


Devils East-West: Penalties

F. Goehring (2min hook)
B. Chebator (2min hook)
C. Dufrain (2min delay)


Bodean's Cup Match 22-05-2017 Lee Valley: Devils East-West 4 - Devils North 3

Devils East-West survived a valiant comeback attempt by the North in order to advance to their ninth Bodean's Cup final in ten years. A 4-0 lead was slowly whittled away to 4-3, but the North could not score the crucial equaliser which would have been enough to advance.

Devils EW started strongly, Chris Huston scoring off a rebound from their first shot on goal. It wouldn't be long until it was 2-0 when Gary Reid's shot deflected in off a North defender. The North tried to steady the ship, but the EW kept coming. It was scoring sensation Johan Bergstrom who made it 3-0 when he scored into the top corner. 3-0 after the first period and the North was left desperately trying to get back into the game - if it wasn't already too late.

They were dealt another blow early in the second period when Andrew Gilbert went streaking down the right wing and scored a wrister through the five hole to make it 4-0.

The North needed a break, and they finally got one when Matti Konsala's bad-angle shot bounced up high and trickled down the back of EW goalie Oleg Adamchuk. They then got some more luck when James Mulligan's wrap-around sneaked in the far side despite some uncertainty about the call from the ref.

It would be Mulligan on the scoresheet again, as the EW appeared to be rattled by their dodgy luck. 4-3 and we had a game on our hands.

In the third period it appeared that Mulligan had completed his hat-trick, and his team's remarkable comeback, when his close-in shot looped up and over a prone Adamchuk. The Beast had other ideas however, and he made the save of the season when he kicked his back heel upwards in a "scorpion" motion to kick the goal-bound shot away from danger.

After killing a couple of untimely penalties, the North mounted one final push - knowing that a tie would be enough for them to advance to the cup final. The goalie was pulled and the pressure was on. The Beast was equal to each North attempt and the EW defence held the fort admirably. The comeback would fall just short and EW was in the final once again.

The EW will face Devils South on 8th June at Alexandra Palace in the cup final.

Devils EW: Scoring

Chris Huston (J. Bergstrom)
Gary Reid (unassisted)
Johan Bergstrom (C. Huston)
Andrew Gilbert (W. Tusz)

Devils EW: Penalties

F. Goehring (2min hold)
J. Foster (2min rough)

Devils North: Scoring

Matti Konsala (unassisted)
James Mulligan (K. Leizer)
James Mulligan (unassisted)

Devils North: Penalties

K. Leizer (2min hook)
H. Grant (2min hold)
R. Clark (2min inter)
S. Wroe (2min hook)


Bodean's Cup Match 15-05-2017 Lee Valley: Devils East-West 4 - Devils South 2

Devils East-West set up what is effectively a semi-final match with Devils North as they skated out 4-2 winners over an undermanned Devils South at Lee Valley. By virtue of not losing by four or more goals, the South booked their spot in the cup final, meanwhile the EW win keeps their Bodean's Cup ambitions alive as they head into a "must-win" scenario against North in the last game of the 2016/17 season.

Despite missing a few key offensive weapons, South jumped out early with a 1-0 lead in the opening period. Richard Venoit unleashed a sharp angle slapper that caught EW goaltender Oleg Adamchuk off guard, ricocheting off the tender's leg and squeaking in. While EW struggled to maintain an offensive presence early, they slowly but surely gained both confidence and form as they peppered South goalie Shane Kemp with several quality scoring chances.

Opening the 2nd period on the power play, EW was able to get on the board under a minute in. At the offensive blue line, an aggressive Jamie Sullivan fought off two South defenders, managing to keep the puck in the offensive zone. After moving the puck around the zone Rick Hurwitz was able to find a seam in the slot to Bob Chebator who beat Kemp with a quick wrister through a screen. 1-1. South was not to be deterred and took to the offensive firing several quality shots at Adamchuk, all of them turned away. A fine individual effort by Andrew Gilbert saw him snap a shot in full flight off the right wing boards beating Kemp to the far side putting EW ahead 2-1. South, however, was not ready to quit as Gennadi Yufit knocked in a misplayed puck in front of the EW goal levelling the game at 2-2. Before the period was out, another nice effort, this time by Chris Huston of EW, made the score 3-2. Following an offensive zone face off to the left of South goalie Kemp, EW centre Johan Bergstrom managed to push the puck forward. With South defender Dumas Maguile and EW winger Eugene Gorelik battling for position in front of the net, Huston picked up the loose change and deposited a backhander through the legs of Kemp to put EW up for good at 3-2.

In the 3rd, a tiring South team fought hard to maintain their attack but were aided by three consecutive power plays midway through the period. Quality penalty killing by defenders Kutas, Foster, and Janetta allowed EW to emerge unscathed. With 8:43 remaining Hurwitz found a streaking Gary Reid through the neutral zone. Reid's shot attempt was blocked but Chebator was there to a fire home a shot beating Kemp to the short side for the critical insurance goal EW needed. At that point all that was left was for EW to manage the clock and prepare for their biggest game of the season.

Devils EW: Scoring

Bob Chebator (R. Hurwitz, G. Reid)
Andrew Gilbert (A. Kutas)
Chris Huston (J. Bergstrom)
Bob Chebator (G. Reid, R. Hurwitz)

Devils EW: Penalties

A. Jannetta (2min hook)
A. Kutas (2min hold)
W. Tusz (2min trip)
Bench (2min too many)

Devils South: Scoring

Richard Venoit (P. House)
Gennadi Yufit (M. Neizvestnov, M. Maloney)

Devils South: Penalties

I. Williams (2min hold)

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