Pre-Game Notes (LIVE from SBA): 5:55 PM — As the Devils approach a pretty key stretch in their playoff drive, it looks like they’ll be doing it without defenseman Matt Cohen, who’s been summoned to AHL Lowell. Cohen was 11-25-36 in 45 games with Trenton this season, including an All-Star nod.
The team will also be without captain Chris Dyment, who is attending to the birth of his child. So the team will have five defensemen dressed tonight.
No idea on the goalie matchup…wouldn’t be surprised by either Effinger or Coleman, to be honest.
6:25 PM — Your goalie matchup is Gerald Coleman vs. Curtis Darling
And for anyone wondering if the arena is packed and reveling in the afterglow of Scott Bertoli Night…ummm, no. Not so much. Also, take a good look at the scoreboard…this’ll be its last game before its replaced in time for the March 13th game against Reading.
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Your starters, courtesy of Butch Seltzer…
300 of my closest friends appear to have joined me for this one…not a particularly big crowd tonight, said the man good at understating things.
16:20 left — Bad giveaway by Gerald Coleman leads to an easy Andrew Lord goal…he simply skated in from the left side, walked aound Coleman and stuffed it in the right side of the net. Seems Coleman is good for a few stickhandling miscues a game. 1-0, Nailers.
5:57 left — Trenton ties it back at one on a goal by Jeff Prough…who else? That’s his 24th of the year. Assists to Matt Radoslovich and Dylan Quaile.
2:00 left — Dan Eves just went off to the dressing room…no idea what the deal is there.
1:10 left — Andrew Lord scores his second of the game after screening Coleman on the initial shot by Reid Cashman and banging home the rebound on his backhand while off-balance. Can’t just let him stand in front of the goalie like that…2-1, Wheeling.
2-1, WHEELING AFTER ONE. SHOTS ARE 12-8, NAILERS.
Second Period: Wheeling’s second goal is officially being credited to Cashman right now…was hard to tell if Lord got it from where we are…
Eves is back…
15:10 left — Dan Eves went down in front of the net on what was apparently a spear…and Kevin Cormier came over and absolutely dumptrucked one of Wheeling’s players, injuring him. Both Wheeling’s player — I believe it was Mitch Ganzak – and Eves are out of the game, and Cormier was just escorted off…ugly incident here. Best of all, you can hear eeeeeeverything that’s being said by the fans. Not a good night for the kiddies.
Ganzak was given a spearing major and a game misconduct, and Cormier was given a match penalty for intent to injure…pretty sure that will earn him a suspension. If nothing else, with your team down a goal, it was stupid to risk putting them down shorthanded for a long period of time…I’m all for him standing up for a teammate, but that was excessive.
12:45 left — David Leaderer capitalizes on a power play chance by firing a wrister over the glove of Darling from the high slot to tie the game at two. 2-2.
8:16 left — Aaron Clarke gets the lead back for Wheeling on the power play…looked like Coleman came out a little too far to challenge and Clarke just cut across and put one past for the former Lightning goaltender. 3-2, Wheeling.
4:28 left — Wheeling is pretty clearly the better team tonight. Erik Johnson just took a nice backhand feed from Jordan Morrison and handcuffed Coleman, making it 4-2, Wheeling. I think you really have to take a look at the logic behind starting Coleman in so many consecutive games at this point…his team is flat in front of him, sure…but he’s a much better goalie than he’s showed in the last few games.
4-2, WHEELING AFTER TWO. SHOTS ARE 25-17, NAILERS.
Third Period: Here’s hoping Butch Seltzer’s all right after that spill on the ice. The man is a real professional to come out for the third period in some pretty clear pain. He’s a first class individual as well.
5:17 left — Justin Coutu makes this one interesting by putting home rebound under a diving Darling to make it a 4-3 game.
Final Score: 4-3, Wheeling
My vote: Lord-Darling-Prough
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com