Archive for March, 2011

Game 70: Post-Game Video Interviews

March 30, 2011

Kevin Dean

Matt Arhontas

Game 70: Pre-Game Notes

March 30, 2011

6:55 PM — Marco Cousineau in goal for the Jackals…

6:50 PM — Trenton starters are…

Lerg
Berenguer-Nolet
Berube-Hayes-Prough

Rest of Trenton roster is…

Vichorek, Leaderer, Southorn, Godlewski
Zancanaro, Stoesz, Lombardi, Nagy, Potacco, Arhontas, Germain
Caruso

6:40 PM — Arhontas, as you can see, will wear #25.  I last saw him in the ECAC Playoffs this month…undersized kid for sure.  Slightly shorter than Tony Zancanaro if you can believe that.  Grinder, hustle guy…not the most skilled kid out there for sure, but the effort was always there when I saw him.  I’ve seen him play eight times in person for Princeton…he was 1-3-4 with a plus-one and two PIM’s.

6:34 PM — And here’s Arhontas from warmups…

6:26 PM — Here’s Arhontas from this year…

6:25 PM — Trenton signs former Princeton forward Matt Arhontas…

(PR) Trenton, NJ – The Trenton Devils today signed forward Matt Arhontas. The announcement was made by Albany and Trenton General Manager Chris Lamoriello.

Arhontas, 24, recently concluded his college career at Princeton University (ECAC). In four seasons with Princeton, the Naperville, IL native compiled 28 goals and 37 assists with a plus-15 in 127 career games, posting a career-high 19 points his senior year. Arhontas played three seasons of junior hockey with the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks from 2004 to 2007, serving as captain his third year and scoring a career-best 18 goals and 45 points. The 5-7, 160-lb. right-handed shooter was born March 10, 1987.

Trenton hosts Elmira Wednesday at 7 p.m. and plays its final home game of the 2010-11 season against the Reading Royals Friday at 7 p.m.

3:40 PM — As is the norm, not a whole lot going on at this time of day.  But, since I’m here, I’d might as well update you on the travels of Ryan Ginand, who was recently called up to AHL Albany. 

In two games, Ginand has two goals and two assists and is a plus-two with seven shots on goal and four penalty minutes.  Couldn’t be happier for him…nice to see he’s making the most of an opportunity that he deserved much earlier in the season.

Curtis Marouelli is your referee for the evening.  Purchase tickets accordingly…sitting behind the glass behind the benches might be ill-advised, as coaches will likely be punching it often throughout the evening.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Ginand Signed To PTO, Scores In AHL Debut

March 27, 2011

With the Trenton Devils having a rare weekend off, the organization deemed it was finally time for Ryan Ginand to see his first AHL action.  Despite being tied for third in the ECHL with 75 points (29 goals-46 assists) in 68 games, the 24-year-old forward saw countless players called up or signed to PTO’s ahead of him.

Wearing #23, Ginand scored one goal on four shots and was a plus-one in a 7-4 loss to the Hershey Bears.  He also had four penalty minutes.

Trenton doesn’t play again until Wednesday night, when they host the Jackals.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 69: Shootout Video

March 25, 2011

Ryan Hayes

Darryl Lloyd

Matt Lombardi

Justin Taylor

Matt Germain

Trent Daavettila

Jeff Prough

Andrew Fournier

J.S. Berube

Aaron Clarke

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 69: Post-Game Video Interviews

March 25, 2011

Kevin Dean

Jeff Lerg

Jeff Prough (cam battery died towards the end…apologies to Jeff and his fans)

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Game 69: Pre-Game Notes

March 25, 2011

6:45 PM — Photos…of stuff!

Ryan Ginand’s awkward pre-warmup tribute of sorts…

New Edition couldn’t stand the rain…Riley Gill can’t stand these jerseys.

Twice the number, twice the facial hair…welcome back, Justin Coutu

Chris Berenguer

Dave Caruso has a new mask.  I care, you don’t…I know.

6:40 PM — Riley Gill starts for the McWings tonight…Jeff Lerg for the T-Devils.

4:35 PM — Realized Berenguer hasn’t played at home yet.  He’ll wear number six.  His dad, Juan, wore 43, 48, 37, 30 and 44 over a 15-year big league career.

Justin Coutu will wear #14 for Kalamazoo. 

4:25 PM — Check out my latest stories for ECHL.com on Braden Holtby and Daniel Winnik here.  Also, a few other personal things…

This is my first time writing on here since covering UFC 128 at Prudential Center.  Incredible experience…being about ten feet from the cage in the media seats and getting to interview guys like Chuck Liddell, Dana White, Joe Rogan, Jon “Bones” Jones and others was great.  Watching the tape of the fights and seeing myself on TV — as well as seeing myself on Leno last night when they showed the clip during Jones’ appearances — was also an interesting experience.

Check out a full photo album of my experience here.

Also, I’ll be covering the Trenton Steel this season…working for them, really.  Means I’ll be going on the road with them and so on…I’m actually wearing my Steel credential right now, which features a substantially better headshot than the one that…ahem, graces my T-Devils pass.

You can go to TrentonSteel.com for my “Titanium Times” player features, or steelgameday.wordpress.com for up-to-the-minute gameday coverage, live from the penalty box at field level.

3:40 PM — Not a whole lot of news here, as is the norm for this time of day.  Of what news there is, it is good news…Chris Berenguer was named the Sid Watson Award winner, annually given to the best NCAA D3 player in the country.  Read more about that here.

I tackled this on Twitter, but never on here…in case you missed it, Jeff Prough and Dave Caruso are both back from Albany and Alan Reynolds has been released from his ATO.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

They Lost

March 24, 2011

(PR) Elmira, NY - Just 22 seconds after surrendering a one-goal third-period lead, the Elmira Jackals got a goal by A.J. Perry and went on to beat the Trenton Devils, 4-2, Wednesday at First Arena.

Improving to 32-26-6-3, the win clinches a season-series victory for the Jackals, while the Devils fall to 24-36-2-6, their third loss in four games.

Even though Perry’s goal proved to be the game-winning tally, the Jackals’ league-leading offense was ignited by the first professional points of four different players, including Martin Moucha and Andrew Favot who each contributed two points. The winning goalie was Marco Cousineau, who improved to 7-3-0 against the Devils, making 36 saves on 38 shots.

The only Devils to score past Cousineau were Jeff Prough and J.S. Berube, while Ryan Ginand moved to within five points of Scott Bertoli’s single-season franchise scoring record, notching his 74th point of the season with an assist. Returned on loan from Albany Wednesday, Dave Caruso made 31 saves in a losing effort in his first start for Trenton since March 9.

After getting shut out twice in the previous three games, the Devils wasted little time getting on the scoreboard on Wednesday, as Prough scored just 2:51 into the first period. Prough’s goal was scored when he corralled a carom off the end-boards on his forehand, faked to his backhand, and quickly shot into the corner of the net. Prough’s 21st of the season is his first for Trenton since February 5, having spent 21 of 22 intervening contests with Albany. Ginand and Dave Leaderer assisted.

The Devils lead stood for less than four minutes, as Martin Moucha intercepted a clearing attempt by Caruso and fired into an open net to tie the game, 1-1, at 6:16 of the first.

Just under 10 minutes after tying the game, the Jackals took a 2-1 lead when Drew Paris blasted a shot from the right point through Caruso for his fifth goal of the season.

Elmira maintained its lead into the third period, but J.S. Berube collected the rebound of a Chris Berenguer shot and deposited his 11th goal of the season, on the backhand, to tie the game, 2-2. Prough picked up the secondary assist for his 10th multi-point game of the year.

However, Perry restored Elmira’s lead just 22 seconds after Berube tied the game and Vinny Geonnetti added an insurance goal at 10:22, as the Jackals cruised to a 4-2 victory.

With four games remaining in the 2010-11 season, the Devils return to Sun National Bank Center to begin their final homestand of the season against the Kalamazoo Wings Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Those We’ve Lost…

March 23, 2011

No, none of these guys are dead.  Obviously.  But, as the season mercifully winds down, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what the players who’ve been released or dumped off for cash traded have been doing since their time in red, white and black.

Jeremy Akeson

Akeson had been with Trenton since the start of the 2008-09 season before being dealt to Wheeling earlier this month.  In 57 games with the Devils this season, Akeson posted 22 points (11-11-22) and 93 penalty minutes.  Since the trade, the 26-year-old has played in just two games for the Nailers and has since been placed on the IR with a lower body injury.

Justin Coutu

Coutu was originally involved in a deal that sent he and Akeson to the Nailers for Mike Gershon, but after Gershon failed his physical, Coutu was instead shipped off to Kalamazoo.  The Wings, coincidentally, come into town on Friday night.  In any event, Coutu, who joined Trenton midway through 2008-09, tallied one goal and 11 assists in 49 games for the Devils this season.  Since the trade, the physical blueliner has played in six games for Kalamazoo, amassing zero points and six penalty minutes in the process.

Chase Watson

Watson is on his fourth team of the season, and second since being let go by Trenton midway through the year.  The 28-year-old forward, who has now played on seven different ECHL teams, collected zero goals and nine assists in 17 games while with Trenton.  After his stay in the capital city had ended, Watson joined the Cincinnati Cyclones, where scored two goals and added three assists in 15 games before being released.  Subsequently picked up by the South Carolina Stingrays, Watson has yet to record his first point with them in four games. 

Matthew Kang

*crickets*

Gord Burnett

Burnett, believe it or not, scored two goals in his two games with Trenton this season.  The oft-injured defenseman first joined Trenton in 2008-09, and scored more points in those two games than he had in his previous 22 games over the course of the last two seasons.  The rugged 28-year-old defenseman was shipped as far away as physically possible, dealt to the Victoria Salmon Kings early in the year.  Since then, he’s played in 34 games for Victoria, scoring one goal while adding two assists and 87 penalty minutes.

Kyle Kucharski

The Kyle Kucharski Experience is currently taking place in Gwinnett, who picked him up after Trenton gave him an ill-advised second chance following a lackluster 2009-10 season.  Kucharski picked up just one point, an assist, in 14 games with the Devils this season.  Ironically, the 24-year-old scored his first goal of the season in the Gladiators most recent visit to Trenton, and has posted a respectable 3-3-6 line in 17 games with Gwinnett this year.

Mike Brown

Even Waldo is envious of Mike Brown.  Brown has worn no fewer than six uniforms this season, Trenton included, and is currently back with the Louisiana IceGators of the SPHL.  Back when Trenton was ravaged by call-ups and injuries between the pipes, the 26-year-old netminder appeared in six games for the Devils.  His uneven performance — 4.09 GAA, .886 save pct. in six games — didn’t make enough of a case to keep him around, so he was let go and eventually surfaced with the Wheeling Nailers.  He also backed up for Las Vegas this season, and has played for the CHL’s Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees and SPHL’s Mississippi Surge.

Shane Connelly

Unfortunately, Connelly was the inspiration behind this post, as he was released today by the Utah Grizzlies.  After already having played for the Elmira Jackals and South Carolina Stingrays, Connelly joined Trenton early in the season and played in 22 games.  He went 6-10-3 with a 3.45 GAA and .883 save percentage and was eventually dealt to Utah after he ended up as the odd man out with the Devils.  But Connelly would last just five games with the Grizzlies, allowing 15 goals on 125 shots in 213 minutes of play.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

Put Another One In The L “McCollum”

March 20, 2011

(PR) MCCOLLUM PERFECT AS WALLEYE TOP TRENTON, 1-0‬

Toledo, OH – Behind a 17-save shutout by Thomas McCollum, the Toledo Walleye bested the Trenton Devils, 1-0, at Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.

A former Detroit Red Wings first-round draft selection, McCollum rebounded after allowing five goals on 28 shots last night and earned his second shutout-win of the season, as Toledo won in regulation for the first time in seven tries against the Devils. The win also brought the Walleye to within four points of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff position and improved their record to 30-30-2-4.

The only goal of the game was scored on a power play by 10-year ECHL veteran Randy Rowe, who netted his second game-winning goal of the season by finishing off a play set up by Jason Lepine, 3:18 into the first period.

Although the Devils had 56:42 to try to erase Toledo’s one-goal lead, they only managed eight shots in the first period, four in the second and five in the third, while looking fatigued down the stretch of their fourth game in five days and having only 14 available skaters.

Jeff Lerg played well and stopped 41 of Toledo’s 42 shots, but was the losing goalie on a day that Trenton was shut out for the fourth time this season, the second time in the last three games, and third time in March. For the Devils, the loss drops them to 24-35-2-6 and mathematically eliminates them from contention for a berth in the Kelly Cup playoffs.

The Devils have five games remaining in the 2010-11 season. The first of those five will be Wednesday at First Arena against the Elmira Jackals at 7:05 p.m.

Winning Isn’t Everything…

March 20, 2011

(PR — via #DanDuva) Toledo, OH – After surrendering a 4-3 lead with 3:48 remaining in the third period, Matt Lombardi scored in overtime to lead the Trenton Devils to a 5-4 win over the Toledo Walleye Saturday at Huntington Center.

For Lombardi, his game-winner was his second goal of the game, and second game-deciding goal at Huntington Center this season, as Trenton improved to 5-0-1-0 against the Walleye. Matt Germain, Martin Nolet and Mike Potacco also scored for the Devils, while Jeff Lerg made 44 saves in a winning effort.

The Walleye received two goals from Jason Lepine and a three-point game from Mike Hedden, but Thomas McCollum allowed five goals on 28 shots, and Toledo dropped to 29-31-3-2.

Midway through the first period, during four-on-four play, Jason Lepine beat Lerg with a long shot off a pass from Mike Hedden to put Toledo ahead 1-0.

The Devils responded just five minutes later on the power play, when Dan Charleston directed a pass from Chris Berenguer to Matt Germain, who fired past McCollum from the slot for his first professional goal. Earning the secondary assist, Berenguer also got his first professional point on the play in his second career game.

Toledo regained its lead 3:08 into the second period when its leading goal scorer, Mike Hedden, took a pass from behind the net by Andy Bohmbach and quickly shot and scored for his second point of the night.

However, Martin Nolet re-tied the game for Trenton less than four minutes later, when he scored a backhanded back-door goal off a setup by Ryan Ginand.

Although Jason Lepine scored his second goal of the game less than a minute later to restore Toledo’s lead, the Devils got late-second-period goals from Mike Potacco and Matt Lombardi to take a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes. Potacco’s game-tying goal came by following a rush led by Kory Nagy and Matt Germain, and Lombardi’s go-ahead tally came on the power play and was assisted by Dan Charleston and Ryan Ginand.

The Devils maintained their lead until the last four minutes of regulation when Evan Rankin scored his 19th of the season to tie the game, 4-4. Mike Hedden and Dave Phillips assisted on Rankin’s goal, which he scored by following up on his own initial shot that was blocked by a Trenton defenseman.

Tied 4-4, the teams battled into overtime, where Matt Lombardi deflected a shot by Jordon Southorn through McCollum to earn the Devils a 5-4 win.

Trenton continues its four-game road trip with another bout with Toledo Sunday at 4:00 p.m.


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