Elite League play-offs: Cardiff Devils 4-0 Fife Flyers

By Philip MarshBBC Sport Wales
Flyers attack Devils goal
Cardiff goaltender Ben Bowns recorded another shut out in the Devils goal

Elite League champions Cardiff Devils moved one step close to the play-off championship with a 4-0 semi-final win over a determined Fife Flyers.

After a goalless first period, Devils took control and deservedly opened the scoring through Tyson Strachan.

Matt Pope, Layne Ulmer and Justin Faryna scored in the third period as Devils booked their place in the final.

The Welsh side will face Sheffield Steelers in Sunday's play-off final.

The Devils, who have not won the play-off championship in 19 years, started strongly but failed to capitalise on a 5-on-3 power play in the first period.

The Flyers then squandered a 5-on-3 opportunity of their own as neither team managed to score in what was an closely-fought first period.

The Elite League champions started to flex their muscles in the second period and forced Flyers goaltender Andy Iles into several important saves before the deadlock was finally broken.

Andrew Hotham takes the puck forward for the Devils
The Devils beat Coventry Blaze 8-5 in their quarter final whilst Flyers beat Manchester Storm 5-4

A loose pass from the Flyers defence gave Paul Crowder the chance to counter attack for the Devils, his shot was blocked but dropped kindly to Strachan who made no mistake with the rebound.

That goal appeared to take the sting out of the Flyers attack as the Devils continued to grow into the game.

Matt Pope, Layne Ulmer and Justin Faryna all scored in a dominant third period for the Devils as they secured a place in Sunday's play-off final.

Sheffield Steelers beat Nottingham Panthers 5-4 after overtime in the other play-off semi-final on Saturday.

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