Tuesday 20 March 2018

Joey Martin treble inspires Cardiff Devils at Coventry Blaze

The Cardiff Devils beat the Coventry Blaze in the Elite League
The Cardiff Devils beat the Coventry Blaze in the Elite League

Joey Martin fired a hat-trick as Cardiff Devils maintained their stranglehold at the top of the Elite League table with a 5-2 win at Coventry Blaze.

Centre Martin cancelled out Tomas Kurka's first-period opener for the Blaze, who then opened up a two-goal lead through Brett Robinson and James Jorgensen in the second period.

But Devils struck three times without reply in the third period with Jake Morissette and Martin, twice more, both on target.

Sheffield Steelers bounced back from last week's double defeat to the Blaze with a 4-2 win against Belfast Giants to stay second in the table.

Giants made the better start and went two up through Craig Peacock and Darryl Lloyd, but Steelers hit back with goals from Jonathan Phillips, Guillaume Desbiens, Tyler Mosienko and Jason Hewitt.

Nottingham Panthers beat Braehead Clan 5-3 to leapfrog the Scottish side into third place.

Clan raced into a two-goal lead courtesy of Scott Pitt and Alex Leavitt before Logan MacMillan, Andy Bohmbach and David Clarke's double put Panthers in control at 4-2.

Leavitt reduced the arrears with his second, but Panthers' Bohmbach completed the scoring.

Fife Flyers made it a miserable night for Scottish rivals and bottom club Edinburgh Capitals by thrashing them 8-1.

Kyle Haines, Shayne Stockton, Michael Dorr, Justin Fox, Patrick Cullen, Danny Stewart and Nico Sacchetti put the Flyers out of sight and after Taylor Dicken scored a consolation for Capitals, Dorr added his second.

Mathew Sisca's hat-trick and further goals from David Phillips and Devin Didiomete secured Manchester Storm a 5-2 victory against Dundee Stars, who replied through Justin Faryna and Brett Switzer.

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