Botany Swarm turn tables on Devils

Right from the first drop of the puck it was clear that the Swarm were aimed at redemption for the heavy loss in game one.  In a dramatic reversal of yesterdays first period it was the Swarm who went out to a lead of 3 to 1 with Canterbury unable to score until the last minute of the period despite enjoying the advantage of four power plays to two.

The second period started with the Swarm continuing to dominate the Devils, scoring twice before Canterbury began a strong fight-back picking up two goals of their own in the second half of the period.  This brought the score at the end of the period to 5 to 3, ensuring that it was going to be a much closer encounter than on Saturday.

Canterbury fought hard in the third period and had some excellent scoring chances turned away by much better goal tending until Nash scored taking the Devils to within 1 point of Swarm.  The intensity of the game lifted with numerous penalties against both teams.  However, even when Canterbury had a two man advantage they were unable to penetrate the much sharper tending from Giauque who was there for the whole game.

With less than 2 minutes on the clock the Devils pulled their goalie and put an extra forward out, but after some good sustained pressure, the puck was eventually turned over and Vlok was able to guide it into the empty Devils net to give the Swarm the game with a final score of 6 goals to 4.

In contrast to yesterday when the Swarm outshot the Devils but lost the game 10 to 3, today it went the other way with the Devils taking 52 shots on goal to just 34 by the Swarm.  The Canterbury team, which has been slowly building through the season, will take some hard lessons from this game.

Game report by Geoff Bland