(PR) Eric Castonguay gave the Trenton Devils a sigh of relief with an overtime goal as they defeated the Dayton Bombers Friday night, 4-3. Jeff Prough tallied his first career hat trick and assisted on the winning goal as the Devils moved into first place of the ECHL’s North Division for the second time this season.
Castonguay took a pass from Prough at the top of the far circle and fired a laser into the top of the net to seal the win for Trenton with 1:35 left in overtime.
With the Devils trailing 1-0 late in the first, Prough tied the game with a one-timer feed in the slot from Jeremy Akeson, roofing the puck for his 31st of the season at 18:39.
Prough followed up with another goal 22 seconds later to give the Devils a lead into the first intermission. Prough knocked in a pass from Brad Snetsinger past the glove of Bombers goalie David Shantz for his second of the game at 19:01.
The Bombers would tie the game at the 13:58 mark of the second, though Prough answered again with a hat trick goal 13 seconds later. Prough took a one-timer feed from Snetsinger in the near circle to notch the first hat trick of his pro career.
After a third period that was mostly controlled by the Bombers, Ryan Smyth tied the game with the extra attacker with 26 seconds left in regulation on a wraparound, forcing overtime.
Fortunately for the Devils, Castonguay came through with the game-winner, a goal in his fifth straight game and his ninth straight with a point. Prough’s assist gave him his second four-point night of the season. The Devils moved into first place of the North Division as the Cyclones had the night off.