The Cardiff Devils completed a comeback and pushed on for a dominating second and third period to beat rivals, Sheffield Steelers.
Charles Linglet fired the hosts into the lead early on after being set up by Gleason Fournier and Mike Hedden.
The lead was soon to be forgotten about as Josh Pitt who is the top of the points for the Steelers, levelled the game up just a minute later. The assists were awarded to Tanner Eberle and Mark Matheson.
The Steelers then turned the game around with less than two minutes of the first to play as Ben O’connor sent the Viola Arena silent. Assisted by John Armstrong and Eric Neiley.
1st Period: Cardiff Devils 1-2 Sheffield Steelers
The Steelers continued to stun the home side as they added another goal to the tally. This time Evan McGrath would score on the power play after he was assisted by teammates Josh Pitt and Jordan Owens. However, this goal appeared to have awoken the sleeping beast.
Cardiff pulled their first goal back through Charles Linglet yet again. A power play of their own for the Devils after Joey Martin and Gleason Fournier got the assists to set up Linglet for his second.
Fairly new player James Livingston would score his first goal in a Devils Jersey as Gleason Fournier completed a hat trick of assists. Layne Ulmer completed a hat trick of assists against the Steelers last time they met. Ben Bowns also got an assist.
Mike Hedden got himself on the scoresheet and completed the comeback after good work from both Charles Linglet and Joey Martin to grab the assists.
Just 43 seconds later, Joey Martin also wanted to feature amongst the names of scorers. He was assisted by Bryce Reddick and Mike Hedden who had relayed the assist to Martin.
2nd Period: Cardiff Devils 5-3 Sheffield Steelers
It took the devils just two minutes into the third to grab another goal, this time it was Sean Bentivoglio. Mark Richardson and Stephen Dixon were awarded the assists and all of a sudden the Steelers lead felt like a long time ago.
Youngster Toms Rutkis ended the game adding to the scoresheet after his goal went to review but stood. Assisted by Matt Pope.
3rd Period: Cardiff Devils 7-3 Sheffield Steelers
Man of the Match
Mike Hedden was awarded MOTM and rightfully so, even with two assists and a goal, his overall play and effort stood out from the bunch.
The Cardiff Devils had well and truly completed the comeback and they sure needed to. The Belfast Giants also competed a high scoring game with a win beating Nottingham Panthers 8-5 and will stay three points behind the Devils.
The Devils now take on the Coventry Blaze at home in another must win game.
Written by: Jacob Chick