November 25, 2011

Devils get Stung as the Clan March On

UK Mid Week Round Up Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd November

There were two mid week games in the EIHL this week. On Tuesday night the Clan hosted the Edinburgh Capitals at Braehead whilst on Wednesday Cardiff hosted the Hull Stingrays. Elsewhere in the Elite League last year’s champions Sheffield Steelers arrived in Denmark for their Continental Cup qualifying final which starts on Friday.

However not travelling with the team was Rod Sarich. The popular long serving defensemen’s injuries were worse than first suspected and will not be available for some time. Following spending Sunday night in hospital Sarich underwent emergency surgery to fix a bleed in his liver caused by a hit in Sunday’s game against Nottingham. Sarich is said to be doing well but will not return to action any time soon.

Hull Stingrays 3 Cardiff Devils 2 (APS)
Hull headed into the Cardiff Devils Ice Rink on the back of some mixed results and facing an inform Devils side. However Hull started the brighter and used their physical presence to ensure they would not be out muscled by an intimidating Devils outfit.

The Stingrays hard work was repaid early as Dominic Osman scored inside 5 mins and then Jerome Tendler double the lead before the break. The physical play from Hull though boiled over as young British Talent Bobby Chamberlain was sent to dressing room early for butt ending and so marked the Devils revival. The Devils pressed but could not hit the back of the net till the third period when Stuart Macrae scored and Kenton Smith levelled matters. With scores tied at 2 the game went to penalties and the ‘rays picked up the extra point thanks to Osman and Bakrilk.

Cardiff will look to bounce back on Sunday as they face the Flyers in Cardiff whilst Hull face a crutial weekend of games as they travel to Nottingham and host Braehead as they look to gain a place in the play offs.

Edinburgh Capitals 2 Braehead Clan 8
After meeting in Edinburgh only 2 nights previous the Clan were out for revenage on home ice despite missing 3 key players.

The Clan though started like a team with a point to prove as they opened the scoring through a McPherson brace in the first period. The Capitals looked shocked and only managed 4 shots on goal in the first period although one from Holecko did make it a tight affair at the first break.

If anything though that only galvanised the home side who then scored two goals in 41 seconds to put the game beyond Edinburgh including the hat trick goal for McPherson. The Clan went on to add two more before the break including a first ever top flight goal for youngster Aidan Fulton. Zemburgs pulled another back for the Capitals but the contest was long decided when McPherson got his fourth for the Clan and then Walker added the eighth.

The Clan’s win meaning that they move two points clear of the Capitals in sixth place in the standings. The Capitals will need to get back on winning ways quickly as they face Dundee and Fife at the weekend if they are to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Neil Tucker

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