Pre-Game Notes (LIVE from SBA): 12:55 PM — Why am I here three hours before game time? Because I care about my job. Would be nice if I got more than 150 people caring along with me…but in any event, this is a big game today here at SBA. I’d venture to bet that if the T-Devils don’t win this game, they aren’t making the playoffs.
Just to tackle some brief post-game notes from last night…Trenton has won games they deserved to lose and lost games they deserved to win…but the outcome was the right one last night. Cincinnati controlled the play early, and seemed to be the better team for the vast majority of the game. Trenton had about 7 shots through 30 minutes of play…gotta play a complete 60 at this time of year especially.
I’ve been in locker rooms following games where you couldn’t tell who won or lost if you didn’t know the score…but this wasn’t like that. Literally, the only thing you could hear in there after the game was the water running in the showers. Other than speaking to Rick Kowalsky, I didn’t hear a single word spoken.
Matt Conti was in the locker room following the game, and told me he was ready to backup if need be…seems Kowalsky knows that as well.
Brad Snetsinger is likely a game-time decision for Trenton.
Loic Lacasse is expected to start again for the Cyclones.
1:45 PM — Here are some fight videos from Houston…
2:20 PM — A game between the police department and fire departments has just ended here…the zamboni will come out in a bit and resurface the ice, etc. 4PM game time today, kids…
3:35 PM — Matt Conti is backing up Charlie Effinger tonight…according to a source, Gerald Coleman has left the arena. Loic Lacasse goes for Cincy tonight. Brad Snetsinger is taking warmups.
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First Period: Myles Stoesz is out of the lineup to accomodate Brad Snetsinger. Justin Johnson is, of course, playing for the Cyclones. Maybe he goes with Coutu?
18:23 left — Jacob Dietrich checked Jeremy Akeson into the boards from behind, giving the T-Devils an early power play.
18:01 left — And Eric Castonguay converts on a little pass from Ryan Gunderson, powering one past Lacasse to give Trenton an early 1-0 lead.
16:01 left — Matt Cohen makes it 2-0 on a weird one…he took a slapper from the right point on a pass off the boards from Castonguay. The puck didn’t seem to go straight in, not sure if it hit off a defenseman in tight or what. 2-0, Devils.
UPDATE: The goal is now being credited to Jim Henkel.
15:29 left — Justin Coutu will have none of this momentum you speak of, taking an interference penalty…
14:00 left — Effinger had to make a few nice, scramble saves with the Cyclones on the man advantage…
8:38 left — Bad goal by Cincinnati, but the D did little to help Effinger. After a turnover near the blue line, Chris Dyment took just an awful angle when turning around to skate with Mac Faulkner, and the puck eventually caromed in off the stick of Adam Krug to cut the lead to 2-1. Dyment gave Faulkner way too much room up the boards.
7:24 left — Trenton’s on the man advantage after a Jamie Coghlan penalty…
5:10 left — Pretty putrid power play right there…
3:12 left — Nice save by Lacasse on a one-time slap shot by Dan Eves from the high slot.
37.6 left — Trevor Kell with a…ahem, questionable hooking penalty.
2-1, DEVILS AFTER ONE. SHOTS ARE 10-8, TRENTON.
Second Period: Not surprisingly, Eric Castonguay leads the team with three shots…
19:09 left — Tie game. Matt Syroczynski scores on a rebound of a wraparound attempt by T.J. McElroy. 2-2. Power play goal.
16:43 left — Did…did I just see an out of town scoreboard posted here at SBA? Holy crap. New things every day here.
12:17 left — Gerard Miller’s in the box for Cincy. PP to Trenton.
10:47 left — Jeff Prough more or less stickhandled through everyone and beat Lacasse low to give Trenton a 3-2 lead on the power play. Real nice showcase of skill right there. 3-2, Trenton.
10:09 left — Trenton’s back on the power play, with Mike Salekin in the box for the Cyclones.
7:46 left — Chris Dyment makes a nice, diving block in the defensive zone…and the ref calls him for a trip. Bad call right there.
6:20 left — Mike Salekin fired a rocket from the right point that hit the inside of the right post, deflected off the left post, and out…
5:53 left — Chris Ferazzoli’s in the box for Cincy, serving a too many men on the ice penalty.
5:11 left — Trevor Kell takes his second penalty of the game…the zebras are really trying to make an impact on this one, it seems.
1:15 left — Brad Snetsinger just had a glorious chance from the right side, but Loic Lacasse slid across and stacked the pads to make a nice save…
58.7 left — Jeff Prough’s in the box for Trenton…yet another penalty in this game.
3-2, DEVILS AFTER TWO PERIODS OF PLAY. SHOTS ARE 20-18, CINCY.
Third Period: 17:33 left — Jeremy Akeson with a pretty clean breakaway up the left side, cutting to the net and going to his backhand to beat Lacasse. 4-2, Devils. Pretty goal.
15:38 left — Penalty #11 of the evening is called on Justin Johnson for tripping…
Elmira beats Johnstown, 4-1…
12:38 left — Gerard Miller’s in the penalty box for Cincy…
Wheeling leads Reading, 3-2, heading into the third. A Wheeling win would give them 78 points and the division lead. Elmira has 77 points and is tied with the Cyclones at the moment. Johnstown has 76, as would Trenton. But Johnstown has 36 wins, and Trenton would have 35.
2:35 left — The Cyclones take their timeout, and Loic Lacasse has been pulled…
1:42 left — Mark Van Guilder somehow gets a pass through to a cutting Barret Ehgoetz, who tips home an easy one past Charlie Effinger. 4-3, Devils. Uh-oh…
Final Score: 4-3, Devils…Mac Faulkner talking a little garbage after the whistle blows.
2:45 left @ Wheeling…4-4 game there.
My vote: Prough-Castonguay-Cohen
Conti, complete with pink stick and green pads…kind of bringing back the Devils “Christmas Tree” look.
Jim Henkel, sporting a black eye
Mark Van Guilder
Eric Castonguay PPG
Matt Cohen shot saved by Loic Lacasse
Jeff Prough PPG
Lacasse save in tight on Trevor Kell
Chris Dyment shot deflects wide
Next Game: 3/26 @ Cincy
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com