CARDIFF Devils beat Coventry Blaze home and away at the weekend, collecting all four points to maintain their winning form.
Confidence gained should give the Devils that extra boost heading into their next four fixtures, which will provide a stern test for the league leaders.
Their next game is away to Sheffield Steelers in the first leg of the Challenge Cup semi-final, as the Devils hope to retain the trophy.
Following that match Cardiff face two trips to Belfast to face second-placed giants in the league in a season-defining double fixture.
Then they bring the Steelers back to Cardiff for the second leg, tickets for which are available online now.
Ice Arena Wales was the venue for Saturday’s game, as the home side ran out 2-1 victors thanks to a late goal by Patrick Asselin.
With that win under their belts the Devils went into Sunday’s away match in Coventry as strong favourites, and they did not disappoint.
The Welsh side were 2-0 up after just 20 minutes of play, with the Devils’ captain Jake Morissette scoring on a power play before Patrick Asselin grabbed the second before the break.
The Blaze pulled one back through Marc-Olivier Vallerand three minutes into the second period and on exactly 30:00 the score was tied. Ryan Dingle grabbed the equalising goal.
Both net minders were busy in the final period, but it was Cardiff who scored that vital winning goal at 50:12 through Morissette who notched his second goal of the game.
Ben Bowns, in the Devils’ goal, picked up the Elite League player of the week award.
The Devils stay on top of the Elite League standings but the Blaze finish empty handed and slump into ninth place.
After the cup games, the Devils face Sheffield Steelers in the league either side of two away fixtures in Belfast to face off against the second-placed Giants.