The Cardiff Devils grabbed a vital win against the Dundee Stars last night, winning 4 – 2 thanks to an empty net goal by Joey Martin (despite Petr Chaloupka’s best efforts with a crucial block that could be a candidate to be save of the season, denying Sean Bentivoglio)
With the win, it keeps the Devils three points off the league’s summit, where the Belfast Giants currently stand, but with three games in hand, the Devils are in an excellent position heading into Christmas.
One player who’s really stepped up not just in recent weeks, but all season long is defensemen Gleason Fournier.
With an outlook pass to captain Jake Morissette who dished the puck to Joey Haddad for the games opening goal, it was the 27-year-old d-mans 21st assist in 27 league games, but also extending his current point streak to six games, dating back December 5th where the Devils defeated the Guildford Flames 4 – 3, with Fournier grabbing a goal and two assists on the evening.
Since then, he’s picked up five goals and seven assists for 12 points over that stretch.
A lot of questions were raised following the departure of Andrew Hotham and who could potentially be his replacement, but with Fournier logging more minutes as the teams number one defenseman, he’s proving more than capable to fill that role, currently on pace to finish the year with 73 points, and almost a lock to win Defenseman of the Year, which would be the fifth straight year the award has gone to a Devil.
The Devils take on the Guildford Flames tonight, the first of three meetings between now and New Years Day, with Fournier looking to extend his streak, while Joey Haddad and Layne Ulmer are also on point streaks of their own as the Devils are playing with that confidence they had to start the year as they look to capitalise on their games in hand to retake the league lead, trying to go for three-peat.
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