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Cardiff Devils still have all to play for after missing out on world record

Cardiff Devils cannot think what might have been after the 2-1 defeat to Dundee Stars on Sunday ended their world-record attempt, according to Tim Hart

So, the Devils’ unbeaten run has come to an end but what a few months it has been.

Gerad Adams’ team won 22 consecutive matches, scoring 125 goals in the process.

That’s without doubt a British record but there had been speculation as to whether it was the best winning streak in the world.

It turns out the world record, which stands at 25 successive wins, belongs to the semi-professional, under-20 team Kitchener Rangers in Canada.

So Sunday’s 2-1 defeat on a penalty shootout to Dundee Stars meant Cardiff fell four games short of breaking the world record.

But the Devils cannot afford to be downbeat for they must stay focused on their main goal and that’s to win the Elite League, something they’ve not done in 14 years.

There are still 20 league games remaining so despite their 22 straight victories the Devils have a lot more work to do.

And this fact hasn’t escaped Adams but with the Devils still top of the league, having picked up 45 points from the last 46 on offer, he’s set his sights on doing well in all three competitions.

He said: “There is a long way to go this season, but we are progressing well and know exactly what we want to achieve in the league, Challenge Cup and play-offs.”

The Devils’ next game is at home to Nottingham Panthers in the group stage of the Challenge Cup on Wednesday. A capacity crowd of 2,200 is expected as whoever wins the game will go through to the semi-finals where they’ll face Newcastle Vipers.

A win will reignite the Devils ahead of their two league matches at the weekend. They welcome Braehead Clan to the Cardiff Bay Arena on Saturday before travelling to Yorkshire to play Hull Stingrays on Sunday.

The next two months will prove whether the Devils are the stuff of champions or just a team who had an extended purple patch. It should make for an exciting end to the season.

 

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About Tim Hart

Cardiff University Postgraduate Student

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