Ice hockey: Cardiff Devils move top with Sheffield Steelers win
Cardiff Devils move top of the Elite Ice Hockey League after thumping Sheffield Steelers 5-1 on Sunday.
A hat-trick from Joey Martin and a 36-save performance from Ben Bowns highlighted the best team performance of the season for the Welsh side.
It was also one of the best games of the season from Tomas Kurka, who scored a goal and set up another two for a three-point night.
The home win followed Saturday's 3-1 win at Fife Flyers.
Back on home ice in Cardiff Bay, Martin opened the scoring on the powerplay when his shot found its way past Tyler Plante at 13:57 to make it 1-0 to Devils, with Carl Hudson and Andrew Hotham picking up assists.
The period ended with the Devils leading by one, but it didn't take long for the Devils to double their lead just minutes into the middle period.
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Andrew Lord flipped the puck over the Steelers defenders and Kurka picked it up and fired a shot over the shoulder of Plante to make it 2-0 at 21:48, a shorthanded goal assisted by Lord and Trevor Hendrikx.
The next two goals completed the hat-trick for Martin, with his second of the game coming from a perfect pass from Kurka at 24:47 to make it 3-0.
Then Martin picked up a puck for a short breakaway on Plante and he managed to slide it under the Steelers netminder to extend the lead to 4-0 for the Devils at 28:10.
Steelers broke the shutout attempt of Bowns when Jeff Legue made it 4-1 at 34:34 to give the visitors a glimmer of hope.
The final period saw one more goal from the Devils, this time from Leigh Salters, with Kurka and Hervato picking up assists to make it 5-1 at 42:39 to complete the scoring.
The rest of the third period was all Bowns as he turned away all 12 shots he faced as the overall team defence stepped up to keep the Steelers at bay.