Sheffield Steelers 3-5 Cardiff Devils – Ice Hockey Challenge Cup

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Cardiff Devils came from behind to condemn Sheffield Steelers to a second defeat in as many days.

The Steelers were hoping to bounce back from Saturday’s 4-3 loss to local rivals Nottingham Panthers, and got off to the perfect start in front of their home supporters as John Armstrong found the net after just 26 seconds.

Mark Richardson levelled the game in the fifth minute, but the Steelers were quickly back in front at 8:30 when Armstrong doubled his and his team’s tally for the evening.

The home side held on to their one-goal advantage until the end of the first 20-minute period, but the match was turned on its head by a totally dominant second period showing from the visitors – goals from Layne Ulmer, Gleason Fournier and Joey Martin handing the Devils a deserved 4-2 lead heading into the final period.

Less than three minutes after the restart, the Welsh side furthered their lead with a fourth straight goal, this time from Jake Morissette, to make it 5-2.

The home crowd’s morale was temporarily lifted somewhat by a Ben O’Connor goal with just under ten minutes left to play.

However, the Devils held on valiantly in the face of a barrage of late Steelers attacks to make it two wins in a weekend for the Cardiff club.

Sheffield Steelers 35 Cardiff Devils

John Armstrong 00:26, 08:30, Mark Richardson 04:16, Layne Ulmer 32:43, Gleason Fournier 34:09, Joey Martin 38:24, Jake Morisette 42:33, Ben O’Connor 50:25

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